Yemen Travel Warning
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
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