U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Afghanistan

Published by February 5, 2013

Travel Insurance Non-Medical Evacuation AfghanistanThe U.S. Department of State has issued an updated travel warning for Afghanistan as a reminder to citizens of the continued risks associated with traveling to the region.

The potential for acts of violence against U.S. and other Western nationals remains critical. Kidnappings, assassinations, riots and civil disturbances pose significant threats to travelers. U.S. citizens should avoid rallies and demonstrations, as these events can escalate unexpectedly. Additionally, the Taliban regime and Al-Qaida terrorist networks remain active in all parts of Afghanistan.

Those who choose to travel despite the warning may need to consider travel insurance to provide some protection since the U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist in emergency situations is limited. Many travel insurance policies can arrange non-medical evacuation when travelers need to be transported from a place of danger to the nearest country of safety during times of civil unrest.

Travelers can also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) online to stay up to date on the latest security and emergency information. More details about the STEP program can be found here.