The British government has warned all travelers to leave Yemen due to the political situation and has advised all British nationals to leave after an anti tank rocket was fired at the US Embassy in Yemen in September 2014. There have been a number of kidnappings in Yemen including a South African teacher who was killed after being held for ransom.
The US Dollar is mainly used in Yemen and ATM machines are hard to find in the country. If you are going to Yemen then take small dollar bills for your trip and getting change is going to be a problem with large bills.
There are a number of illnesses that are rampant in Yemen. Polio, malaria as well as dengue fever are common to Yemen. You need to dial 191 for emergency services in country.
You need to obtain a visa for Yemen and if you are going to stay for longer than 14 days you need to register at the airport with the Yemen government.
Local laws and customs
You have to dress very modestly while in Yemen. Don’t drink alcohol in public and keep this activity in your hotel room while in the Middle East. Note that you need authorisation from the General Authority for Antiquities to remove any antiques from Yemen. A British national was arrested in 2014 for doing this so you have been warned.
Safety and security
Dont advertise that you are going to Yemen on the internet as you might become a target for kidnappers. Yemen is a dangerous country and many expats and visitors have died over the past 12 months while in the country.
- 5 May 2014, 2 French nationals were shot in Sana’a killing 1
- 28 April 2014 a German was shot and injured in Sana’a
- 18 January 2014 an Iranian national was shot and killed in Sana’a
- 15 December a Japanese national was seriously injured during a car-jacking in Sana’a
- 26 November, 2 Belarusian nationals were shot dead outside their hotel in the Al Sabeen
- 6 October 2013, a German national was shot and killed at a supermarket in Sana’a
Best advice is not to go to Yemen unless there is a need to go which justifies the risk to life and limb. You can contact the British High Commission in Yemen for further advice.
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