Traveling Luck for Yemen
Yemen is located in Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea, between Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Land in Yemen is narrow coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains; dissected upland desert plains in center slope into the desert interior of the Arabian Peninsula.
Yemeni land covers an area of 527970 square kilometers which is slightly larger than twice the size of Wyoming
As for the Yemeni climate; mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in east.
Yemeni(s) speak Arabic.
Places of note in Yemen
Yemeni National Map
Regions of Yemen
North Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The British, who had set up a protectorate area around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in 1967 from what became South Yemen. Three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states. The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990. A southern secessionist movement in 1994 was quickly subdued. In 2000, Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to a delimitation of their border.
Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, has reported meager growth since 2000. Its economic fortunes depend mostly on oil. Oil revenues increased in 2005 due to higher prices. Yemen was on an IMF-supported structural adjustment program designed to modernize and streamline the economy, which led to substantial foreign debt relief and restructuring. However, government dedication to the program waned in 2001 for political reasons. Yemen is struggling to control excessive spending and rampant corruption. The people have grown increasingly upset over the economic situation. In July 2005, a reduction in fuel subsidies sparked riots; over 20 Yemenis were killed and hundreds were injured.
Yemeni natural resources include petroleum, fish, rock salt, marble; small deposits of coal, gold, lead, nickel, and copper; fertile soil in west
strategic location on Bab el Mandeb, the strait linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, one of world's most active shipping lanes
Yemeni religion is Muslim including Shaf'i (Sunni) and Zaydi (Shi'a), small numbers of Jewish, Christian, and Hindu.
Natural hazards in Yemen include sandstorms and dust storms in summer.
- We advise against all but essential travel to the Governorate of Sa’dah in northern Yemen (see the Political Situation of this advice for more details).
- There is a high threat from terrorism and evidence that terrorists may target Western, including British, interests in Yemen.
- On 15 September 2006 oil installations near Ma’rib and al-Mukalla were attacked in simultaneous terrorist suicide operations that resulted in several casualties. There is a high threat from terrorism in Yemen and further attacks, including against Western and British interests, cannot be ruled out.
- British nationals visiting or resident in Yemen should consider whether their personal security arrangements are adequate. You should be particularly vigilant in places frequented by foreigners.
- There have been a number of kidnappings of European nationals since mid-2005, including in the governorates of Ma’rib, Shabwah and ‘Amran. The last incident took place near Habban in the governorate of Shabwah on 10 September 2006. We advise extreme caution when travelling outside major cities in Yemen.
- If you wish to travel to the governorates north of Sana'a or to Hadramaut you will need prior permission from the Yemen Tourist Police. Internal travel restrictions following the 15 September 2006 terrorist attacks on oil installations may apply throughout the country, especially in the governorates of Ma’rib, Shabwah and Hadramaut.
- The main type of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Yemen is for replacing lost or stolen passports.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Yemen Country Profile.
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact: Yemeni representation in the UK.
Medical facilities, particularly away from the main towns, are poor.
Polio is also present in some Red Sea coastal towns.
You should seek medical advice before travelling and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on health, check the Department of Health’s website at: www.dh.gov.uk.
British nationals in Yemen should register with the British Embassy, 129 Haddah Road, Sana’a (tel 00 967 1 264081/82/83/84).
All flights should be reconfirmed during your stay.
ATMs are very scarce in Yemen. You are advised to bring US dollars in cash as the easiest convertible currency.