Issued by US Department of State
Mar 31, 2003
This Travel Warning is being updated to alert U.S. citizens that the Department of State has authorized the departure of adult family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa on a voluntary basis. Due to credible reports that terrorists have planned attacks against U.S. interests in Yemen and heightened tensions and increased security concerns resulting from the current situation in the region, the security threat to all American citizens in Yemen remains high. The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer travel to Yemen. U.S. citizens in Yemen should consider departing. This Travel Warning supersedes that issued on November 30, 2002.
On March 28, 2003, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of adult family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. U.S. Embassy employees have not been allowed to bring their children to Yemen since March 18, 2002. The Department of State reaffirms its warning to United States citizens to defer travel to Yemen. The Department has received credible reports that terrorists have planned attacks against U.S. interests in Yemen. The Department anticipates that threats against Americans in Yemen will continue given the increased tensions and security concerns resulting from the current situation in the region. The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa will continue to provide consular services to American citizens. However, from time to time, the Embassy may temporarily close or suspend public services as necessary for security reasons. Emergency assistance to American citizens during non-business hours (or when public access is restricted) is available through Embassy duty personnel, who can be contacted by telephone at 967-1-303-155.
U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Yemen despite this 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. Americans in Yemen should exercise caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. Americans should 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.
The Embassy in Sanaa advises American citizens in Yemen to exercise particular caution at locations frequented by foreigners, such as the Sanaa Trade Center, American-affiliated franchises, restaurants and shops in the Haddah area in Sanaa and in Aden and elsewhere, 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.
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)
303-155, extension 118, 265, or 266. The fax number is (967)(1) 303-175.
The after hours emergency number is (967)(1) 303-155. U.S. citizens should
also consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Yemen
and the Worldwide Caution and Middle East and North Africa Public
Announcements which are located on the Department's internet website at