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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Kabul (Afghanistan), Enhanced Security Awareness

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The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

On Thursday, December 7, the U.S. Embassy will be limiting staff movements

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide CautionTravel Warning for Afghanistan, Travel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy, which is located in Kabul at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health.  To reach the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section during business hours, please call 0700-114-000 or send an email to KabulACS@state.gov.  You can also reach the ACS unit through the Embassy’s switchboard by calling 0700-108-000.  For after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 0700-108-000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time,Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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