Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Yemen


There is an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (NCoV)

How has this impacted Yemen?

There are currently no confirmed cases of NCoV in Yemen.  However, the Government of Yemen has implemented a program to screen for NCoV and monitor and manage patients who have been exposed to or are possibly infected with NCoV, including a screening process at the airport to detect travellers who may demonstrate NCoV symptoms.  All travelers arriving in Yemen, including American citizens, are subject to this program.  Non-Yemeni nationals with recent travel to China maybe refused admission.  Anyone exhibiting NCoV symptoms may be subjected to a quarantine and/or NCoV testing.

How does this impact my travel plans?

  • The United States advises U.S. citizens not to travel to China.
  • Any U.S. citizen or foreign national entering the United States who has been in China within the previous 14 days may undergo a health screening and possible quarantine.
  • Visit and the website of U.S. Embassy in the country to which you plan to travel for the latest updates on travel restrictions and NCoV prevention measures.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor Yemeni local media for updates on further precautionary measures that may affect airports and other ports of entry, schools and other public facilities.
  • The U.S. CDC, and the World Health Organization have all published similar recommendations on what you can do to reduce your risk of infection.  These include:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For the most up-to-date CDC information concerning 2019-nCoV, please visit:

The World Health Organization also has a website that includes travel guidance, technical guidance, and disease outbreak news:

For the most up-to-date overseas travel information from the Department of State, please visit: