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Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens: We advise U.S citizens to remain indoors and exercise caution and avoid the airport

June 9, 2013

Kabul City: Due to reports of an explosion in Kabul near the airport, we advise U.S citizens to remain indoors and exercise caution and avoid the airport. Further updates on the situation will be posted to the Embassy website as they come available. June 10, 2013

As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. U.S. citizens traveling to Afghanistan despite this warning should avoid being predictable in their movements, including varying routes and times in commutes or other routine travel. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and avoid areas where westerners congregate, such as hotels and guest houses. Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers, or in public places.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution, by "following" the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and "liking" the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Facebook. U.S. citizens in Afghanistan should regularly monitor the Travel & Security Information on the website of the Embassy of the United States Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the and Country Specific Information for Afghanistan are found.

In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad" which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries.

All U.S. citizens in Afghanistan are urged to enroll online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Afghanistan and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Great Masoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. To reach the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section during business hours, please call 0700-108-499 or send an email to You can also reach the ACS unit through the Embassy's switchboard by calling 0700-108-001/002. For after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 0700-201-908.