Afghanistan – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Do not travel to Afghanistan due to civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. 

Travel to all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe. The Department of State assesses the risk of kidnapping or violence against U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is high.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspended operations on August 31, 2021. While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, we will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar.

Individuals seeking information on current consular support should review the Embassy website for instructions. Consular services remain available outside Afghanistan. To locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate click here. The Department of State will continue to provide information via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)Embassy Kabul’s web pageTravel.State.Gov, and Facebook, and Twitter.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Afghanistan.

The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens still in Afghanistan should:

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
Review your personal security plans.
Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments at all times.
Keep a low profile.
Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
Make contingency plans to leave when it is safe to do so that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
Monitor local media.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read the Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for country-specific COVID-19 information. 
Read the Country Security Report For Afghanistan.
Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. 

Resources for U.S. citizens in Afghanistan:

State Department – Consular Affairs
833-741-2777 or 606-260-4379
Embassy Citizens’ Services Page
Afghanistan Country Information
Afghanistan Travel Advisory
Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you receive Alerts and other information

For information on Special Immigrant Visas.