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 Yemen - Profile

Facts

  • It is not advisable to visit due to the current political and security situation.
  • Aden, the former capital of South Yemen, used to be a useful stop on the way to or from the Red Sea. Cruisers in 2015 however warn that this port is now very hostile, and it fell to rebels in April 2015. All the rebel-held areas bordering the Gulf of Aden have become major targets for coalition airstrikes.
  • The island of Socotra is now open to visiting yachts.
  • Yachts have sometimes stopped at the Jabal Zugar and Hamish Islands to shelter from the weather. This practice seemed to be tolerated by the authorities, although going ashore is not advisable. Exert caution here as a yacht stopping for emergency repairs in February 2016 was shot at from ashore (see security section below).
  • Northern Yemen doesn't encourage visitors, although a few yachts have called at Hodeidah, the main port.
  • Female crew should respect local customs and dress appropriately.
  • The Yemen Coastguard are active along the coast between Bab el Mandeb and Aden. Don't be surprised if they call you up on channel 16 asking who you are. They may also visit you if you stop in any of the anchorages west of Aden.

Security

November 2016: It is not advisable to visit the country due to the current bombing activities.

February 2016: Yacht sheltering at Hanish Islands (Jazirat al Hanish al Kabir) was shot at several times from ashore. See report here.

January 2015: Aden reported to be very hostile to visiting yachts. See comments at bottom of page from SY Tamarisk.

October 2014: Advice to to avoid visiting Yemen due to the high risk foreigners being kidnapped and well as other terrorist attacks. Check advisory websites such as the U.K.Government Travel Advice.

Weather

Yemen has a subtropical climate. May to September is the period of the SW monsoon, when it is humid and rainy. October to February is drier and cooler, with easterly winds predominating.

Yemen Weather Forecast.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Aden * , Hodeidah * , Mukalla * , Nishtun , Shi'ir , Socotra *

* indicates port of entry

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Lotus
Lotus says:
May 26, 2015 05:54 AM

There is a good person named Adil who will help anyone stopping in Aden. His phone number is +96773707330. I last spoke to him in May 2015. He has transport and knows all the places that would interest sailors.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 22, 2015 03:05 PM

Posted on behalf of SY Tamarisk:
We visited Aden in January 2014. The port is very hostile and we belive unsafe for cruisers due to out of control military people based there. Agent Omar (listed on noonsite) is dead and the daughter who picks up the phone is mostly clueless. See our blog http://www.tamariskrtw.com/ for more details.

alexdem
alexdem says:
Apr 30, 2014 11:03 PM

I have visited Aden in March,2014. Very friendly authorities, they ask you to anchor off near tourist port. Good holding at 7m, but be carefull - there are some gas pipes on the bottom - look onshore and on tanker buoys at portside to find it. Go ashore on rib for customs and take shorepass for 3 days - all for free. They will ask some bakshish - I presented caps, it was enough. You can fill diesel at fuel pier, ask locals to help you. We used taxi driver, pay him 25 USD per day and he assists us to fix all problems. You can legally buy any firearms in Aden: AK-47 cost about 300USD, but you need to take permission to carry it to port - it needs 2-3 days to take it. Good and cheap provisioning in the city, friendly officials - nice port of call.

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