The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Yemen and strongly urge British nationals to leave.
Terrorism: 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. There is a very high threat of kidnap from armed tribes, criminals and terrorists.
Kidnaps: 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 late February, there were 2 separate kidnap attempts against well-protected westerners.
If you travel to Yemen against our advice, you should regularly reassess your security and plan any movements around the country carefully. Unarmoured vehicles are particularly vulnerable to carjacking and kidnap attempts. 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. See Local travel.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has previously targeted western interests and there could be a threat to commercial sites, transport infrastructure, diplomatic missions and any place where westerners gather. See Terrorism.
- on 13 February 2014 an attack on the Central Prison killed 7 and injured 4
- on 2 February rockets were fired into central Sana’a
- on 5 December 2013 an attack on the Ministry of Defence Hospital in Bab Al-Yaman, Sana’a, left at least 52 people dead and many more injured
- on 15 December a Japanese national was seriously injured during a failed car-jacking attempt in Sana’a
- on 26 November, 2 Belarusian nationals were shot dead outside their hotel in the Al Sabeen district of Sana’a
- on 6 October 2013, a German national was shot and killed outside a supermarket in the Hadda district of Sana’a
You are reminded of the ongoing threat against foreigners and are strongly advised to avoid places visited on a regular basis by foreign nationals. See Terrorism.
The situation in Yemen remains volatile with continuing unrest and violent clashes. The threat of an escalation of violence and disorder remains.
Between October 2013 and January 2014 there has been a significant outbreak of hostilities between the Huthi movement and the Salafi community in the Dammaj area of northern Yemen, with fighting spreading to Amran, Hashid and Kitaf, leading to a significant numbers of casualties. A peace agreement between the Huthis and the tribes and other groups involved in the fighting was signed on 6 January. But the situation remains tense in these parts of the country.
Following the killing of a leading sheikh in Hadramawt on 2 December, the tribes in Hadramawt took over military camps and police stations in the region on 2 December. Since then there have been ongoing security problems in the region. The Yemeni Government are in the process of negotiating with the tribes
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. See Sea travel.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.