The Foreign Office and US State Department advise against all travel to Yemen due to ongoing civil unrest. British and U.S. nationals are urged to leave the country by commercial means. Visitors should take all the necessary steps to protect their safety, and should make sure that they have confidence in individual security arrangements. Visitors should maintain a high level of vigilance in public places and exercise caution, particularly outside urban areas.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, especially for shipping which does not take appropriate precautions or follow agreed shipping industry best practice guidelines.
There have been disturbances in Aden which have resulted in closures of the Aden-Sana'a road. These have been short-lived but any travellers intending to travel by road should check that the road is open before starting any journeys.
There is a high threat from terrorism and evidence that terrorists may target Western, including British, interests in Yemen. There have been a number of attacks and further attacks cannot be ruled out. Extreme caution is advised when travelling outside major cities in Yemen.
Those wishing to travel to the governorates north of Sana'a or to Hadramaut will need prior permission from the Yemen Tourist Police. Those travelling on essential business to Ma'rib should travel with a Yemeni military escort and consider not stopping in Ma'rib city itself or its surrounding sites. If you wish to travel outside Sana'a, you will need prior permission from the Yemen Tourist Police.
British citizens require visas to enter Yemen; visas must be obtained in advance.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 020 7008 1500.
US Department of State