Sana'a, Mar 31, 2011
Public demonstrations in Sana'a, Yemen, are expected during the upcoming Yemeni weekend, March 31 and April 1, 2011. Such demonstrations in recent weeks have led to violence, confrontation, and casualties. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens in Sana'a to limit their movements this weekend, and to avoid areas where demonstrations or confrontations are likely. In particular, citizens should stay away from the Presidential Palace, the Saleh Mosque, Sana'a University, Tahrir Square, and other places where large crowds or security forces are gathered.
U.S. citizens traveling by road in Sana'a, whether this weekend or after, are likely to experience checkpoints patrolled by security forces. The Embassy recommends that citizens approach these checkpoints slowly, then follow instructions as given, and proceed past the checkpoint only upon a clear signal from security personnel.
The U.S. Department of State continues to urge U.S. citizens in Yemen consider departing the country. U.S. citizens remaining in Yemen despite the U.S. Government's Travel Warning should make their own contingency plans, enroll their presence in Yemen through the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and provide their emergency or next-of-kin contact information. The Department of State has authorized the voluntary departure from Yemen of the family members of U.S. Embassy staff and non-emergency personnel.
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) 755-2000, extension 2153 or 2266. The fax number is (967) (1) 303-175. Email contact is available at SanaaACS@state.gov. The after-hours emergency numbers are (967) (1) 755-2000 (press zero for extension) and (967) 733-213-509. Current information on travel and security in Yemen may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from elsewhere at 1-202-501-4444. In addition to the Travel Warning, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Yemen and the Worldwide Caution.