Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kabul (Afghanistan), Threats to Safety Still Exist Throughout Afghanistan

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that serious threats to safety and security exist in the city of Kabul and throughout Afghanistan. The threat of kidnapping and attacks against guest houses popular with westerners is high. Militant groups often plan attacks against locations and individuals with Afghan and possible American connections, including: Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, military installations, guest houses, commercial entities, non-governmental organization offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, and educational centers. The potential also exists for demonstrations and protests to occur in Afghan cities on short notice.

Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, militant attacks, direct and indirect fire, suicide bombings, and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices.

In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul urges all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local news for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul urges all U.S. citizens in, or planning to come to, Afghanistan to register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council