Baztab News

Statement on the Visit to Afghanistan by Ambassador Khalilzad

06 Jul 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

(KABUL, Afghanistan) – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on June 10. He met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and other officials. They were also joined by former President Hamid Karzai. Ambassador Khalilzad discussed the practical steps necessary for the start ... Read More»

Statement on the Visit to Afghanistan by Ambassador Khalilzad

21 May 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on May 20.  He met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and other officials.  Ambassador Khalilzad congratulated both leaders on reaching an agreement on a new administration following a lengthy period of negotiations. Ambassador Khalilzad discussed ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Additional Qatar Airways Flight from Kabul to Chicago on May 23, 2020

18 May 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Qatar Airways has scheduled additional ad-hoc commercial flights from Kabul (KBL), connecting through Doha to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The next flight is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020. Please go to https://www.qatarairways.com/en/offers/we-will-get-you-home.html (Discount Code: TRAVELHOME) to purchase your ticket. This is a commercial flight offered by Qatar Airways.  It is not a U.S. government charter flight. ... Read More»

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»


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