Afghanistan Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. State Department
Nov 27, 2001
The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. U.S. forces are engaged in military action against the remnants of the Taliban regime and the terrorist Al-Qaida network. Afghan opponents of the Taliban regime are also engaged in military operations in several parts of the country. Travel in all areas of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul and all major cities, is unsafe due to military operations, banditry, and the possibility of unrest given the fluid political and military situation. Several foreign journalists have been murdered in recent weeks. An estimated 5-7 million land mines are scattered throughout the countryside and pose a danger to travelers. Much of the country is also facing an acute food shortage.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has been closed since 1989, and no other diplomatic mission represents U.S. interests or provides consular services.
Emergency services to U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Afghanistan are severely limited.
U.S. citizens who decide to enter Afghanistan in spite of this Warning are strongly urged to register and obtain updated security information at the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, or the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, at the following addresses:
U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, Islamabad, telephone (92-51) 2080-0000, Consular Section telephone (92-51) 2080-2700, fax (92-51) 822-632
U.S. Consulate Peshawar, 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment, Peshawar, telephone (92-91) 279-801 through 803, fax (92-91) 276-712
This supersedes the Department of State Travel Warning for Afghanistan issued December 12, 2000, to update the information on the security situation in Afghanistan.