Last updated: 26 August 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, particularly in light of on-going Yemeni security operations in the south. 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 18 August there have been a growing number of anti-government demonstrations by the Huthis and their supporters. After 22 August the Huthis have threatened further escalating action. On 24 and 26 August there have also been pro-government demonstrations. You should avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings, check your route before travelling, and exercise caution at road blocks and unofficial check points.
The situation in Yemen remains volatile with continuing unrest and violent clashes. The threat of an escalation of violence and disorder remains.
If you travel to Yemen against FCO advice you should take additional security advice from the host government and/or competent security experts, and ensure appropriate security is in place, regularly reassess your security and plan any movements around the country carefully. The British Embassy in Sana’a operates under strict security protocols and staff receive security training and briefings to enable them to carry out their work in as safe an environment as possible. The provision of close security protection and/or a military escort is extremely important for those working and moving around in Yemen, including in Sana’a.
The level of consular assistance available to British nationals is limited. If you don’t leave the country now while commercial carriers are still flying it is extremely unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance. 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.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.