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Consular travel advice: Yemen



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Jj. AUSTRALIA

NEWS RELEASE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

D64 13 July 1998

CONSULAR TRAVEL ADVICE - YEMEN

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Yemen, and advises that although the security situation is improving, some areas of the country remain unstable.

There have been a number of incidents recently where tourists have been abducted at gun point. This risk of random abduction exists throughout Yemen including on such routes as the Aden/Taiz/Sana’a highway. Due to the presence of mines laid during the civil war Australians are advised to avoid off road travel especially in the Southern and Eastern

govemorates.

Australians should take particular care to respect local sensitivities about religious sites. Travel to the govemorates of A1 Mahra (near the Omani boarder) and in A1 Jawf and Sa’ada (both north of Sana’a) should be avoided. The Marib area is volatile. Recently incidents have

also been reported in Abyan, Dhamar and Shabwa govemorates.

Australians should consider travelling only in organised groups and with well established local tour agents. These unsettled conditions highlight the need for Australians travelling to Yemen to exercise due care and maintain a high level of personal security. Medical and travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Australians who travel to Yemen are urged to register their presence with the Australian Embassy, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, telephone: 966 1 488 7788. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra (tel. 02-6261 3305) may also be contacted for information.

NB: While every care has been taken in preparing this Travel Advice, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees including any member o f Australia's consular staff abroad, can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained therein.

Most recent Travel Advice : 12 March 1997.

Consular Sendees, including information for travellers and Travel Advices are also available from the Department’s Homepage on the Internet, address: http://www.dfat.gov.au/consular

Media releases and speeches are available from DFAT via the internet, http://www.dfat.gov.au/