The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Yemen. This includes the mainland and all islands. If you’re in Yemen, you should leave immediately.
The British government can’t provide any form of assisted departure to British nationals in Yemen. There are no evacuation procedures in place, in line with the FCO’s longstanding policy on assistance in Yemen. The FCO has been consistently advising against all travel to Yemen and for UK nationals to leave Yemen since March 2011.
Due to increased security risk, on 11 February 2015 the operations of the British Embassy in Sana’a were temporarily suspended and diplomatic staff withdrawn. If you need consular assistance, you can contact the FCO in London at any time by calling +44 (0) 20 7008 1500.
The FCO is aware that some British nationals have left Yemen independently by sea, air and land travelling to nearby countries, including Djibouti. Given the situation in southern Yemen, it appears there are currently limited opportunities for vessels to dock at ports to evacuate people. The FCO is unlikely to hear of departures in sufficient time to be able to circulate the information appropriately.
The FCO can’t offer advice on the safety of travelling to any potential evacuation point. You should therefore consider carefully whether you want to pursue any options that become available. You should use your own judgement to move towards an evacuation point only if and when you judge it is safe to do so.
Limited arrangements are in place to facilitate onward travel from Djibouti, Khartoum and elsewhere in the region for British nationals arriving from Yemen. However, the UK government’s ability to help is limited and you’ll be expected to cover the cost of visas, accommodation, insurance and onward travel yourself. Any travel options you pursue are taken at your own risk.
The situation in Yemen remains very tense and changeable. If you do choose to remain in Yemen you should minimise movement around the country and within cities and towns and follow other precautions in this travel advice.
Since 25 March, Saudi Arabia has been leading coalition airstrikes in Yemen in response to a request for support from President Hadi. This has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis and damaged key infrastructure across the country. Access to clean water and fuel is difficult across the country.
There have been a number of clashes along the Yemen-Saudi border, which have resulted in casualties. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to areas of Saudi Arabia within 10 km of the border with Yemen, and against all but essential travel between 10km and 80km of this border. If you choose to ignore this advice and travel by land to Saudi Arabia you should expect to wait several days at the border in order to enter the Kingdom, and in areas where food and water are reported extremely scarce, and accommodation severely limited. Estimates of the number of people waiting to cross the border vary, with some travelers assessing figures as high as several thousand. There are reports that several bus companies are delaying trips to the border due to the overcrowding.
If you’ve previously submitted an application in Yemen for a British passport, you will be contacted by Her Majesty’s Passport Office.
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 Houthis, and there could be a threat to commercial sites, transport infrastructure, diplomatic missions and any place where westerners or Houthis gather.
There is a very high threat of kidnap from armed tribes, criminals and terrorists. In 2014 and 2015, a number of foreign nationals were kidnapped, and groups actively continue to target westerners.
Since 21 September 2014, the Houthis, an armed group originally from the Saada region of Yemen, have occupied key positions in Sana’a and established their presence in governorates to the south, east and west of Sana’a including Hodeida, Dhamar, al Bayda, Marib, Ibb, Zinjibar, Taiz and Aden. This has led to significant armed clashes between Houthi forces and other armed groups, including AQAP and tribes. See Terrorism
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.