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MESSAGES FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Travel Warning for Yemen (August 6, 2013)

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

August 6, 2013

Today, the Department of State ordered a reduction in the number of emergency U.S. Government personnel in Yemen. As we have said, we are concerned about a threat stream indicating the potential for terrorist attacks against U.S. persons or facilities overseas, especially emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. As such, the Department is taking appropriate steps to protect our employees, including local employees and visitors to our facilities.

U.S. citizens remaining in Yemen despite the Travel Warning in effect should limit nonessential travel within the country, be aware of their surroundings whether in their residences or moving about, make their own contingency emergency plans, enroll their presence in Yemen through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) [ https://step.state.gov/step/ ], and provide their current contact information and next-of-kin or emergency contact information.

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen 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. For after-hours emergencies, please call (967) (1) 755-2000 (press zero for extension) or (967) 733-213 509. From time to time the Embassy may temporarily close or suspend public services for security reasons. Emergency assistance to U.S. citizens during non-business hours (or when public access is restricted) is available through Embassy duty personnel.