Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to within 10km of the border with Yemen.

Since 25 March, Saudi Arabia has been leading air strikes in Yemen following the request for support from President Hadi to deter continued Houthi aggression. There have been a number of clashes along the Saudi-Yemen border which have resulted in casualties.

Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in patients from Saudi Arabia continue to be reported to the World Health Organization. For the latest information and advice, see the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

There is a heightened threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The British Embassy receives regular requests for help from pilgrims performing Hajj or Umrah, particularly in relation to disputes and dissatisfaction with tour operators. The Saudi Ministry of Health has advised certain groups of people to postpone undertaking the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages in 2014 in light of the MERS virus cases. It has also provided advice for those that are undertaking the pilgrimage to minimise the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. See Pilgrimage and the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s Advice for pilgrims: Hajj and Umrah.

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