The withdrawal of Irish troops from Afghanistan is underway, after less than 48 hours in the country.
Army Rangers and diplomats have helped a number of Irish citizens and residents evacuate, but it's not yet clear how many.
The announcement was made before news of an explosion near Kabul airport was reported this afternoon.
The team will have left by the end of today.
In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said: "Evacuation flights are ongoing today and for security and operational reasons, we will not give detail on numbers until the [Emergency Consular Aid Team] has left Kabul.
"Given the change in security status at Kabul Airport, remaining Irish citizens and residents in Kabul and beyond have been advised against coming to or remaining at the airport as gates are no longer open."
As of earlier this week, diplomats were working to help 24 Irish citizens and 12 of their family members leave Afghanistan.
Minister Coveney said sending army rangers and officials was a risk worth taking.
The ongoing withdrawal of the Irish troops and diplomats comes after US and UK officials warned of a growing risk of a terrorist attack at Kabul airport, with fears an attack could happen within hours.
People queuing outside Hamid Karzai International Airport were urged to move to safety, amid concerns that a group linked to the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan - known as ISIS-K - was planning an attack.
The militant group is opposed to the Taliban, who took over Afghanistan earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has so far said the US remains committing to evacuating all remaining US troops from Afghanistan by the deadline of August 31st.