Australia tells its citizens in Afghanistan to get to Kabul airport for evacuation

The Australian government on Thursday asked its citizens and Afghan nationals with visas to travel to the airport in the capital Kabul for an evacuation flight.

In a statement, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Australian citizens, permanent residents, and visa holders should now travel to Hamid Karzai International Airport.

If you can do so safely, go to Kabul “to wait for a planned evacuation flight. Take all extra precautions for your safety," said the statement.

People were advised to review their personal security plans and be aware of their surroundings.

"If you're in Afghanistan, you should leave now. Do not delay," the ministry urged.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government has begun evacuating its citizens from Afghanistan following improvements in security at Kabul airport.

"Last evening, Australia's operation to commence evacuating Australians and visa holders, Afghan nationals, and others from Kabul commenced," Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

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