Urgent warning from DFAT as 4000 people evacuated from Kabul

The Australian Government has warned a terrorist attack at Kabul Airport is imminent, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this morning changing its travel advice.

DFAT is now advising people in Kabul not to travel to the airport, fearing it is now far too dangerous.

“We have changed our travel advice earlier this morning,” Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne told reporters from Canberra.


“Our clear travel advice is now, do not travel to Hamid Karzai International Airport and if you are in the area of the airport, move to a safe location and await further advice.

“Afghanistan remains highly volatile and dangerous. Be aware of the potential for violence and security threats with large crowds.

“There is an ongoing and very high threat of a terrorist attack”.

Minister Payne said the revised travel advice is consistent with that issued by both New Zealand and the United Kingdom in recent hours.

“Throughout this process, the Prime Minister and I have consistently emphasised that this is a highly volatile and dangerous environment,” she said.

“All the way through this, our priority has been the safety of Australians, including our officials, our citizens, our local employees and families.

“But we must listen to reports of credible threats. That is why we have issued a revised travel advice.”

It comes after another 1200 people were evacuated from Kabul on rescue flights overnight, taking the total number of those rescued during the current operation to 4000.

“Those include Australia and New Zealand nationals, and Visa holders, and also citizens of other countries” Minister Payne said.

“Our cooperation with other countries, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States, has been very important in achieving this outcome”.

Of those, 639 have already been flown back to Australia, including on a flight that touched down in Brisbane this morning.

There are now Afghan evacuees in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, with the rescue operation continuing.