British Government continue to advise British nationals to leave Yemen immediately


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This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Travel Summary (deterioration in security situation since 22 May; British nationals advised to leave immediately). The overall level of the advice has not changed; we advise against all travel to the whole of Yemen and recommend that British nationals leave Yemen now by commercial means.

  • We advise against all travel to Yemen and strongly urge British nationals to leave now by commercial means. The political situation is volatile. The security situation has deteriorated since negotiations between the President and the opposition broke down on 22 May. Routes in and out of Sana’a and the other major cities may be blocked and airports closed or inaccessible.

  • Our current ability to provide consular assistance is limited.  If you do not leave the country now, whilst commercial carriers are still flying, it is extremely unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance, in the event of a further deterioration of the security situation. We strongly advise you to make plans and leave immediately.
  • There have been violent clashes in the Hasaba area of Sana’a over the past few days and reports of armed gangs and random gunfire across Sana’a. You should be particularly vigilant in public places. If in any doubt, remain indoors.

  • A serious incident took place on 18 March in University Square, Sana’a, with a significant number of protestors killed and injured.  Tensions in Sana’a, Aden and other major cities are likely to be high over coming days. You should take all possible measures to ensure your safety, avoid demonstrations and remain indoors.  If you require consular assistance please call +44 (0)20 7008 1500.

  • British nationals should remain in regular contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. If you have not registered with the Embassy, we urge you to do so now by emailing consularenquiries.sanaa@fco.gov.uk. If you are aware of others who have not registered, please also urge them to do so.

  • Political demonstrations are continuing across Yemen, including in Sana’a, Aden, Ibb, Hadramawt and Taiz. Security forces and plain clothes policemen have been deployed and there are reports of clashes between demonstrators and the use of violence to disperse crowds. There have been reports of a number of deaths during demonstrations in Aden, Taiz and Sana’a. You should avoid demonstrations and be particularly vigilant in public places. If in any doubt, remain indoors.

  • There is a high threat from terrorism in Yemen and specific methods of attack are evolving and increasing in sophistication. British Embassy vehicles in Sana’a were attacked on the mornings of 26 April and 6 October 2010 and an incident on the evening of Wednesday 15 December targeted Western nationals in Sana’a. We believe that terrorists continue to threaten further attacks including in Sana’a, Aden and other urban areas. No part of Yemen should be considered immune from violence and the potential exists throughout the country for hostile acts. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including against western and British interests, such as residential compounds, military and oil facilities, and transport and aviation interests.

  • All British nationals should maintain a heightened level of vigilance and keep a low profile at all times, observing the strictest of security measures and avoid any unnecessary travel. In the event of a further deterioration of the situation, evacuation options are likely to be limited.  Our ability to assist remains constrained by the security situation and our reduced Embassy. If you choose to remain in Yemen, you should make your own security arrangements for the duration of your stay and maintain contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we advise all British nationals to avoid high profile venues such as international hotels and other places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, such as landmarks and places where large crowds gather, embassies, government ministries and military establishments.