March 18, 2019

Kabul (Afghanistan), Possible Attacks during Afghan New Year

As of mid-March 2019, the U.S. Embassy has received increased reports regarding possible attacks coinciding with the Afghan New Year holiday that will be observed on March 21.

Militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including Afghan, U.S., and other foreign government offices and facilities.  Additionally, insurgents have threatened other facilities around the country where foreign citizens may gather, including Jalalabad Airport in Nangarhar province, schools, hotels, and housing compounds.  There also may be demonstrations and large gatherings, and celebratory gunfire.

Actions to Take:

·        Avoid large crowds.

·        Consult with security providers at your location.

·        Review your personal security plans and carry a fully charged communication device.

·        Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.

·        Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments.

·        Enroll in the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates


·        American Citizen Services Unit, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul.

+93-700-114-000 or +93 -700-108-000 (after hours)

·        State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

If you should have any questions or concerns or wish to request an update on a given situation in a foreign country do not hesitate to contact the following:

Rick Phillips                                                                         Cody Cobb                                                                                                                            (706) 886-9929 = direct                                               (706) 225-2526 = direct                                                                                             (706) 491-9888 = mobile                                              (706) 491-5138 = mobile