released May 06, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning is being issued to warn U.S. citizens to defer
non-essential travel to Yemen due to the high security threat,
even though the authorized departure for non-emergency personnel
and family members of U.S. Embassy personnel has been lifted. This
supersedes the Travel Warning for Yemen issued April 8, 2005.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential
travel to Yemen. The security threat to all U.S. citizens in Yemen
remains high due to terrorist activities in Yemen. The Department
continues to be concerned about possible attacks by extremist individuals
or groups against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses and perceived
interests. From time to time the Embassy may temporarily close
or suspend public services for security reasons. Emergency assistance
to U.S. citizens during non-business hours (or when public access
is restricted) is available through Embassy duty personnel.
U.S. citizens in Yemen should exercise caution and take prudent
measures to maintain their security. Maintain a high level of vigilance,
avoid crowds and demonstrations, keep a low profile, vary times
and routes for all travel, and ensure travel documents are current.
U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Yemen despite this Travel
Warning should register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy
in Sanaa and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network)
in order to obtain updated information on travel and security in
Yemen. This can be done online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs.
The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa advises American citizens in Yemen to
exercise particular caution at locations frequented by foreigners
country-wide and at restaurants and hotels frequented by expatriates.
Americans who believe they are being followed or threatened while
driving in urban centers should proceed as quickly as possible
to the nearest police station or major intersection and request
assistance from the officers in the blue-and-white police cars
stationed there. Occasionally, U.S. Government personnel in Yemen
may be prohibited from traveling to sections of Sanaa or other
parts of Yemen. The Yemeni government also restricts travel to
specified areas by U.S. citizens and other Westerners from time
to time. Travelers should be in contact with the Embassy for up-to-date
information on such restrictions.
The U.S. Embassy is located at Dhahr Himyar Zone, Sheraton Hotel
District, P.O. Box 22347. The telephone number of the Consular
Section is (967)(1) 755-2000, extension 2153 or 2266. The fax number
is (967)(1) 303-175. The after hours emergency number is (967)(1)
755-2000 (press zero for extension).
Current information on travel and security in Yemen may be obtained
from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the
United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. U.s. citizens
should consult the Consular Information Sheet for Yemen, the Middle
East and North Africa Public Announcement, and the Worldwide Caution
Public Announcement on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.
Up-to-date information on security conditions can also be accessed
to Travel Warnings Reference Section
to Destinations Main Reference Category
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