Security Advisory for Indian Nationals dated 12.04.2021

The security situation in Afghanistan is highly volatile, unpredictable and dangerous. Different terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan have escalated violent activities and carried out a series of complex attacks in Kabul City and other parts of Afghanistan, mainly targeting Afghan Defense and Security Forces, Afghan Government Institutions but also International Community and even innocent civilians. Indians are no exception and they additionally face a serious threat of kidnapping by militants. Recently, targeted attacks are on the rise in Kabul and major provincial capitals, where the militants are attacking not only Govt. establishments, but also hospitals, religious institutions and even civilians. The road side IED blasts and magnetic IEDs are being used to target vehicles. 

2.         In view of the heightened threats, all Indian citizens are advised to exercise strict vigilance and caution with regard to security at work place, place of residence and also during movement in the city. Please avoid any non-essential movement especially during peak commuting hours and maintain distance from possible targets like military convoys, Afghan Govt. Ministries/offices, high ranking officials, Law Enforcement Agencies, International Guest Houses/Hotels/ Compounds, Airports, vehicles carrying Afghan Govt. officials etc.  Any essential movement may please be kept as discrete as possible.  Movements generally should not have a predictable pattern and timing and routes taken should be changed to maintain an element of surprise. It is advisable to be in a high state of alertness during essential movements.

3.         Traveling outside the main cities should only for essential purposes and undertaken preferably by Air as most roads are unsafe and prone to attacks and illegal check posts have been put up by militants/anti- government elements. This situation is aggravated by increasing crime in cities.

4.         Please keep the contact number of nearest PS in readiness to contact in any case of emergency.

5.         As COVID-19 pandemic is still prevalent in Afghanistan, wearing masks, using sanitizers and maintaining physical distancing is a precautionary measure. Utmost care may be maintained as adequate medical facilities may not be available in every part of the country.

6.    Keep following the mass media and tweets (social media) by local authorities and the Embassy of India to be aware of updates on security.

7.     Any suspicious situation, person or activity may please be brought to notice of the Public Affairs & Security Wing of the Indian Embassy, Kabul (Whatsapp Nos.+93706131611,  +93705127863).

Embassy of India Kabul, Afghanistan