Severity: Warning Alert

Entry/Exit: Yemen's internationally recognized government and Al-Houthi rebels suspend flights for two weeks to stem spread of COVID-19 from March 18.

This alert affects Yemen

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 19:43 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: March 14
  • Impact: Entry and travel restrictions; transport and possible business disruptions

The internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabo Mansour al-Hadi announced March 14 that it would suspend all flights, except UN flights, to and from areas under its control in Yemen starting March 18 for two weeks. On the same day, the Shi'a Al-Houthi rebels, who control Sana'a and much of northern Yemen, announced that they would close Sana'a International Airport (SAH) for a period of two weeks. The travel restrictions are intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Additional preventive measures and travel restrictions remain likely in the coming days and weeks. The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Yemen. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.