Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Yemen. This includes the mainland and all islands. You are strongly urged to leave immediately.

On 25 March, Saudi Arabia led air strikes in Yemen following the request for support from President Hadi to deter continued Houthi aggression. Further airstrikes have taken place since then in various parts of the country.

On 23 March, the Houthis advanced to the city of Taiz where they took control of the airport. Further clashes have taken place between Houthi and government forces elsewhere across the country, including close to Aden.

On 20 March, 3 bomb attacks, 2 in Sana’a and 1 in Saada killed at least 130 people and seriously injured many others.

On 19 March, fighting broke out at the airport in Aden and surrounding military bases. At least 5 people were killed and several others seriously injured. It’s unclear if the airport is operating normally.

Due to increased risk, diplomatic staff were withdrawn on 11 February and the operations of the British embassy in Sana’a temporarily suspended. If you need consular assistance, you can contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London at any time by calling +44 (0) 20 7008 1500.

The British government will not be able to evacuate you if you remain in Yemen against this advice. If you do choose to remain you should minimise movement around the country and within cities and towns and follow other precautions in this travel advice.

The situation remains very tense and changeable. Clashes have caused temporary suspension or closure of airports. Check with your airline or travel company before travelling to any airport in the country.

We advise avoiding large gatherings and leave Yemen immediately.

Sana’a International Airport remains open to both international and domestic commercial flights. Airlines continue to monitor the situation closely and may delay or cancel flights with little or no notice. Check with your airline before you travel to the airport.

If you’ve already 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.

On 21 September 2014, the Government of Yemen and the Houthi-led Ansar Allah party signed a Peace and National Partnership Agreement to end Houthi aggression towards the capital. Since then the Houthis have occupied key positions, including government ministries in Sana’a and established their presence in governorates to the south, east and west of Sana’a including Hodeida, Dhamar, al Bayda, Marib and Taiz. This has led to significant armed clashes between Houthi forces and other armed groups, including AQAP and tribes.

On 19 January, fighting broke out between the Presidential Guard and Houthis near the Presidential Palace. On 22 January, the President, Prime Minister, and Cabinet resigned. On 6 February, the Houthis announced the immediate dissolution of Parliament. UN-brokered peace negotiations are ongoing. The political situation is extremely volatile and fluid, and the threat of further escalation of violence and disorder across the country remains. In response to the instability in Sana’a, southern secessionists have increased their protests and activity in Aden. Demonstrations could occur at short notice across Yemen and may well turn violent

Houthis continue to man checkpoints in Sana’a and other parts of the country, several of which are manned by armed children. AQAP continue to target Houthi checkpoints, and Houthis in general. Since October 2014, there have been a number of large-scale attacks on Houthis. 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.