On 30 August 2021, U.S. military officials announced that the final flight carrying U.S. military personnel had departed Afghanistan. Later the same day, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that the U.S. government has closed its embassy in Kabul and will relocate its staff to Doha, Qatar. Additionally, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) issued a Notice to Airmen warning that Hamid Karzai International Airport (OAKB/KBL) is uncontrolled, and that anyone operating in and out of the facility or within Afghan airspace should exercise extreme caution. Meanwhile, the Taliban militant group continue to negotiate with officials in Turkey and Qatar to provide security and operational support at the airport in order to resume flight operations.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban leadership authorized regular arrivals and departures from Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport (OAMS/MZR) in the northern city of Balkh, located about 300 km (185 mi) northwest of Kabul. In several of Afghanistan’s largest cities residents continue to queue outside of local banks to withdraw money, as authorities have limited transactions to 16,440 afghanis (200 U.S. dollars) per week while the country grapples with a currency shortage.