- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:
Avoid non-essential travel until further notice:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
If you are currently travelling outside of Ireland:
Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate. For this reason, where commercial flights are still an option, we recommend that people who wish to do so make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible.
We are working with airlines to show maximum flexibility to those passengers who need to change their existing flight arrangements. Where commercial flights are no longer available, we are working side-by-side with our international partners to identify alternative options where possible.
It may not be feasible or possible for everyone who wants to travel back to Ireland to do so in the short term. We ask Irish citizens remaining abroad to make decisions that safeguard their health and well-being and that they follow local public health and safety requirements. We ask that they remain in close contact with family, friends and their local Irish Embassy or Consulate.
We know that this is a stressful situation for citizens and our embassy network is working around the clock to provide people with all the information and assistance that we can, bearing in mind the situation is unfolding across multiple countries and is not one under our control.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. Check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page for full information on these requirements. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
We advise Irish citizens against all travel to Yemen and urge all Irish nationals currently in Yemen to leave immediately.
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As Ireland has no resident Embassy in Yemen, and in light of the deteriorating security situation, it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to provide any consular assistance to Irish citizens who decide to remain in Yemen at this time and, in particular, in respect of assistance with departure from Yemen.
Irish citizens who decide to travel or remain in Yemen are doing so at their own risk and against the advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. If you remain in Yemen, you should exercise extreme caution, avoid large gatherings and ensure that you have appropriate personal security measures in place, including access to money and supplies of food, water, medicine, fuel and other essentials.
Flights could be delayed or cancelled at short notice - please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.
A number of cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the region. Health and travel advice issued by the local authorities in Yemen should be monitored.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin has a dedicated phone line for Irish citizens with concerns regarding coronavirus: 00353 1 613 1733.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control provide health-related information on coronavirus.
Our tips for safe travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- 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.
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)
If you are unsure of what the entry requirements for Yemen are, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Yemen.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country.
More travel advice
Because we don’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Yemen, we can’t give you up-to-date travel advice, but due to continuing violent clashes and the ongoing threat of terrorism, kidnapping and tribal violence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all travel to Yemen at this time.
You can visit these foreign ministries for more detailed information:
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canada: Government of Canada
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Department of State
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.
We don’t have a resident Irish Embassy in Yemen but you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit if you need guidance on the nearest assistance and we will help you as best we can. Our number is: +353 1 408 2000.