- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
Do Not Travel
General Travel Advice
The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly advises against all travel to Yemen at this time due to the risk of terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, armed conflict, and landmines.
Irish citizens require a visa to enter Yemen.
A valid passport is required for travel to Yemen. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months. Passport cards cannot be used.
For more information on visa and passport requirements, please contact the Yemeni Embassy in London.
Visitors to Yemen are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.
Citizens can also follow the Irish Embassy in Riyadh on Twitter @IrishEmbRiyadh to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, local authorities or hotel management.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
As there is no Irish Embassy in Yemen, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Riyadh.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The political situation in Yemen is extremely unstable and continues to deteriorate. Violent clashes are being witnessed. If you are in Yemen, we advise you to leave immediately. Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser.
The threat from terrorism in Yemen is high, and there is an extreme risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks.
Foreign nationals are potential targets for kidnapping so you should take particular care when travelling in Yemen:
- Get advice from your local contacts about staying safe
- Avoid travelling at night, particularly inter-city
- Avoid travelling alone
- When driving, ensure all car doors are locked
- Vary your routes and departure times – avoid patterns which could be tracked
- Pay careful attention to local media for reports of kidnapping activities
If you’re planning to drive in Yemen, you should be extremely careful. Road safety standards are low, particularly outside towns and cities. Accidents are frequent and are often caused by poor driving, badly maintained vehicles and inadequate lighting.
If you want to drive:
- Check with the authorities to find out what documentation you need
- Bring your international driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.
Yemen is an Islamic country and you should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions. Dress conservatively, be aware of your actions and take care not to offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or other religious festivals, or if you intend to visit religious areas. You should not consume alcohol in public.
During Ramadan, Muslims are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours. To avoid offence, you should not eat, drink or smoke in public during this time.
Homosexual activity is illegal in Yemen.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
For entry requirements for Yemen, including visa and other immigration information, Irish citizens are advised to contact their travel agent or the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Yemen.
Citizens can also check how long your passport must be valid for.
Travellers are advised to check with their doctor well in advance of travelling to see if any vaccinations are required for this country.
If you are an Irish citizen and require emergency out of hours assistance you can contact the Duty Officer at +966 550 543 386.
If your call is not answered or you are unable to make a voice call please send a text message with your name, contact information for you and your sponsor and details of your emergency. The Duty Officer will respond to you as soon as possible.
Embassy of Ireland
Sunday to Thursday 09:00-11:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.