Last updated: 20 October 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Yemen and strongly urge British nationals to leave.
There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Yemen and specific methods of attack are evolving and increasing in sophistication. Terrorists continue to threaten further attacks. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has previously targeted western interests and there could be a threat to commercial sites, transport infrastructure, diplomatic missions and any place where westerners gather.
There is a very high threat of kidnap from armed tribes, criminals and terrorists. So far in 2014, a number of foreign nationals have been kidnapped, and groups actively continue to target westerners. In February and March 2014, there were at least 3 separate kidnap attempts against well-protected westerners.
Since late August the Houthis and their supporters have held a number of anti-government demonstrations in Sana’a. The Houthis have erected camps and set up checkpoints on main roads in and around Sana’a to restrict the movement of government and military traffic.Since early September there has been fighting between Houthi and government forces in and around Sana’a. Fighting also continues in the northern region of Al-Jawf. On 9 October at least 42 people were killed and many injured when a bomb exploded at Tahrir Square in Sana’a where a number of Houthis and their supporters were demonstrating.
On 21 September, after a period of fighting in and around Sana’a which left several hundred casualties and the Houthis in a position to control a number of key government buildings, the Houthis and President Hadi signed an agreement to end this tension. It is not yet clear whether this agreement will work and the situation in Yemen remains volatile with continuing unrest and violent clashes. The threat of an escalation of violence and disorder remains.
A number of airlines have resumed services to and from Sana’a following heavy fighting between Houthis forces and the government in mid September. Airlines continue to monitor the situation closely and may cancel flights with little or no notice. You should take the opportunity to leave the country. If you’re unable to leave you should minimise movement around Sana’a and follow the other precautions in this travel advice. The level of consular assistance available to British nationals is limited in Yemen and it’s extremely unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate you. If you need urgent consular assistance call either +967 1308 114 and follow the instructions given, or +44 (0) 20 7008 1500. Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
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