Was the State Department Charging Americans $2K for Flights out of Afghanistan?

Posted on AllSides August 24th, 2021
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Claim: Per an Aug. 14, 2021 notice, the State Department was charging $2,000 or more for repatriation flights for U.S. citizens from Kabul airport after the Taliban takeover.

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Context: After news of the costs of repatriation flights gained traction online resulting in outrage, the State Department changed the rule, saying they would no longer be charging citizens for the cost of taking a charter flight out of Afghanistan. Evacuees are not expected to reimburse the government for repatriation fees.

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