Baztab News

Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Update (March 29, 2020)

01 Apr 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Turkey has suspended all international flights and strictly limited domestic travel.  As a result, KAM Air has stopped flights to Istanbul.  There are currently no commercial options for travelers leaving Kabul. Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the  International Air Transport Association website . Additional Information: https://af.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html Actions to take: Review CDC guidance on self-quarantine and personal ... Read More»

The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

28 Mar 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad. As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of nearly $274 million in emergency ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Reduced Commercial Flights U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 24, 2020)

24 Mar 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

There are very few commercial flight options remaining in Afghanistan. We urge all U.S. citizens to utilize the existing commercial flights and depart Afghanistan immediately.  Flight information is changing hourly; please contact the airlines or your travel agent directly for the most current information. Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the  International Air Transport Association website ... Read More»

U.S. Disappointed in Afghan Leaders

24 Mar 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States is proud of our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, and admires what Afghanistan has achieved since 2001. We have forged a deep bond, especially with Afghan security forces, through shared sacrifice in responding to threats to international peace and security since 2001. Underscoring the national priority ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

23 Mar 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 19, 2020)

19 Mar 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide medical care or medical evacuation for U.S. citizens.  The window to leave Afghanistan on commercial airlines is closing.  We urge all U.S. citizens to consider taking advantage of existing commercial flights and depart Afghanistan immediately. Additional updates will be sent through the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you have ... Read More»

Security Alert: Emergency Travel Guidance

17 Mar 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

All routine consular services, including visas and American Citizens Services (ACS) such as passport renewals and notaries, are suspended at Embassy Kabul as of March 15.  This suspension of routine services will continue until further notice. If you have concerns about your health or safety in Afghanistan, now is the time to leave.  Commercial transportation ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure March 15-28

12 Mar 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

March 12, 2020 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for all routine services from March 15-28, 2020. U.S. citizens who held passport, notary or other appointments during this time will be contacted separately to reschedule. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-114-000 or 700-108-000 (after hours). Additional ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

25 Feb 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Country-Specific Information: Afghanistan currently has had one confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a traveler in the city of Herat who recently returned from Iran. The Ministry of Public Health has declared a health emergency in the city of Herat in response to this case. A ... Read More»

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Concludes Visit to Kabul

02 Feb 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and an interagency team concluded a productive visit to Afghanistan on February 2. Ambassador Khalilzad continued his ongoing consultations with Government of National Unity leaders President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on U.S. efforts to facilitate a political settlement to end the war. They also discussed ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson’s Welcome Message

25 Jan 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

  Salaam Alaikum.  Khosh Amadin. I am Ross Wilson, the new Chargé at the American Embassy in Kabul. I recently arrived in this country, I’ve started meeting leaders, and I am honored to introduce myself to you. Many challenges lie ahead for this country.  My American colleagues and I will continue to partner with you as ... Read More»

Ambassador Bass Bids Farewell to Afghanistan

07 Jan 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

It is time for Holly and I to leave Afghanistan.  We will cherish our memories of the Eid holiday in 2018 when peace fell over the whole country and Afghans saw it was possible for both sides to stop the violence.  My earnest hope is for leaders and citizens across this country to find strength ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

19 Dec 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

As the year-end holidays approach, the Embassy warns U.S. citizens that the risk of terrorist attacks remains high. Terrorist groups continue to seek western targets, including places where foreign nationals live, work, gather, and the routes connecting those places. We encourage you to carefully consider all travel and limit trips only to those necessary. The ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Bass Marking International Anti-Corruption Day

15 Dec 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

President Ghani, Vice President Danesh, Chief Justice Halim, Speakers of Parliament, Ministers, Colleagues: I am pleased to speak on behalf of the United States government at this important event to mark International Anti-Corruption Day and Afghanistan’s efforts to tackle corruption. I have been the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan for just over 2 years now.  During that ... Read More»

Ambassadors’ Op-Ed: Fight Corruption, Increase Rule of Law

08 Dec 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

International Anti-Corruption Day is observed every year on December 9th. This began with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2003, which Afghanistan ratified in 2008. We, the Ambassadorial Anti-Corruption Group*, call on the Government of Afghanistan and its people to join forces to combat and prevent corruption. Afghanistan remains among the ... Read More»