U.S. Citizen Services

All Consular Services at Embassy Sanaa are suspended until further notice

Notice: the U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassies in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Djibouti, and Cairo, Egypt to handle American Citizens Services cases emanating out of Yemen.

Notice to all U.S. Citizens residing in or Traveling to Yemen

Embassy Sanaa has suspended consular operations in Yemen.  If you are a U.S. citizen residing in or traveling to Yemen, the Embassy may be unable to provide assistance or services to you, even if an emergency situation arises.  If you must travel to or remain in Yemen, please register with the State Department’s online Smart Traveler Enrollment Program as soon as possible. This will allow Embassy Sanaa to communicate travel alerts and Emergency Messages to you, should the need arise.

You can contact us at 1-888-407-4747 (From the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (From Overseas), and YemenEmergencyUSC@state.gov.

Please include in your email the following information:

About the U.S. citizen (s):

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Last known location (please be as specific as possible)
  • Number of accompanying family members who are not U.S. citizens
  • Any available contact information
  • Any other information you think would be helpful in locating the U.S. citizen

About you (if you are writing about yourself, please just indicate “self”):

  • Your full name
  • Your contact information
  • Your relationship to the person about whom you are writing (e.g., spouse, parent, child, friend, employer, etc.)

While U.S. citizens remain in Yemen, we recommend that they enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – STEP.  STEP enables enrollees to receive any updates to Yemen messaging that the Department of State might send.

Before traveling to Yemen – or while residing in Yemen – please be sure to review Embassy Sanaa’s Recent Messages to U.S. Citizens.  Embassy Sanaa’s latest Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens was released on January 26, 2015. To receive future Embassy Sanaa messages, please register your travel to Yemen with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Please call (967) 1 755-2000 (during regular office hours) or (967) 1 755-2170 (after hours) if you are the victim of a violent crime, have been arrested by the Yemeni authorities, require immediate repatriation to the United States, have been kidnapped, or are confronted with a life-threatening emergency.

If you require non-emergency assistance, such as recovery of a passport confiscated by local airport authorities – or if local authorities are refusing to provide/honor an “exit visa” – please call us during normal business hours, or email us at SanaaACS@state.gov.  Be sure to provide your full name, U.S. passport number, and Yemeni telephone number(s) in the email.

Do not contact the above numbers, and do not email SanaaACS@state.gov, for any visa-related inquiries.

WARNING: Due to severe security restrictions on movements within Yemen, U.S. Embassy Sanaa is unable to provide direct or immediate assistance to U.S. citizens outside of the capital city. Even within the capital, our ability to move is extremely limited.

As of December 2021, fees for common ACS services are charged as follows:

U.S. Passport Book, Adults Age 16 & Older – First-Time (DS-11):   $165
U.S. Passport Book, Adults Age 16 & Older – Renewal (DS-82): $130
U.S. Passport Book, Minors Under Age 16: $135
Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA): $100
Consular Report of Death Abroad (CRDA): Free
Additional Photocopies (per copy): $1

WARNING:The U.S. Embassy neither operates nor certifies any “off-site” fee collection agents or offices anywhere in the United States or Yemen.  No offices in Yemen maintain any official or professional affiliation with the U.S. Embassy whatsoever. Visa, passport, and other consular fees may only be collected by the U.S. Embassy’s official cashier, who is located inside the Embassy itself.  No ACS applications may be filed or executed at any satellite office; all applications must be executed at the U.S. Embassy itself. Any outside entity claiming to be a U.S. Embassy agent, affiliate, assistant, associate, collector, or partner is an imposter. If you encounter any outside entity claiming to serve as a U.S. Embassy partner office, please report this to us at DjiboutiFPU@state.gov as soon as possible.

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is evidence of U.S. citizenship, equivalent to a U.S birth certificate.  A CRBA is issued to a child under the age of 18 born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s) who meets the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Yemeni citizens may apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) at any of the following locations: U.S. Embassy Djibouti, U.S. Embassy Cairo, U.S. Consulate Jeddah, U.S. Embassy Muscat, or U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur.

Please consult the State Department’s Birth of U.S. Citizens Abroad and Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship webpages in order to determine if your child is eligible to apply for a CRBA.

If you believe you meet U.S. citizenship transmission requirements and that your child is CRBA-eligible, please visit the website of the Embassy where you wish to schedule your appointment to review application procedures.  The applicant (your child) must appear in person. At least one of the child’s parents should also appear in person – preferably the U.S. citizen parent, if possible.

If the U.S. citizen parent does not meet INA transmission requirements, but the child has a U.S. citizen grandparent who does have the requisite physical presence, the child may be eligible for Expeditious Naturalization under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.  Through this procedure, a child under 18 years of age can become a U.S. citizen via naturalization without having to take up residence in the United States beforehand. However, Expeditious Naturalization cannot be executed at the U.S. Embassy; the child must travel to the United States, and would require a Non-Immigrant Visa for this purpose.  An N600 application (and supporting documentation) must be filed with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) before the child applies for his/her U.S. visa. Please see our Non-Immigrant Visa webpage for more information.

Please consult the State Department’s online “Passport Wizard” for a complete tutorial on U.S. passports, as well as an explanation of which forms are required in which situations/circumstances, including passports for minors and the replacement of expired, lost, stolen, or mutilated passports. Once you have completed all of the required forms, please schedule a passport appointment through your selected Embassy’s website.

If your passport has been wrongfully confiscated by an employer, relative, or local government official; or if you have been the victim of a crime and urgently require a new passport in order to return to the United States, please email DjiboutiACS@state.gov

If you are over 18 years of age and born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s), your U.S. citizen mother and/or father may be able to transmit citizenship to you, if he/she meets the INA transmission requirements.  Please consult the State Department’s Birth of U.S. Citizens Abroad and Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship webpages in order to determine if you are eligible to apply for a U.S. passport as the foreign-born adult son/daughter of a U.S. citizen parent.  If you believe that you are eligible to acquire U.S. citizenship through a U.S. citizen parent(s), please follow the instructions above to apply for a U.S. passport.

In addition to a U.S. passport application form, you will also need to submit evidence demonstrating all of the following: 1) that you are the biological son/daughter of your U.S. citizen parent(s); 2) that your U.S. citizen parent(s) became a U.S. citizen(s) before your birth; 3) that your U.S. citizen parent(s) meets the physical presence requirements based on your date-of-birth; and 4) the marital status of your parents on the date of your birth.

U.S. Consular Officers can notarize certain documents for legal use in the United States and abroad.  Please review the State Department’s latest guidance on Notarial & Authentication Services of U.S. Consular Officers Abroad. If you determine, based on these guidelines, that a U.S. Consular Officer can satisfy your needs, then please select the Embassy or consulate where you wish to schedule an appointment and visit their website to book a notarial service.

Due to the suspension of consular services at U.S. Embassy Sanaa we are not able to assist in most instances in the unfortunate event that a U.S. citizen dies in Yemen. One service that we can provide is a Consular Report of Death Abroad (CRDA), which may be necessary for next-of-kin to transfer or assume ownership of the U.S.-based assets or estate(s) of a deceased American. For more information, please consult the State Department’s Consular Report of Death Abroad webpage. If you are next-of-kin or the immediate relative of a deceased U.S. citizen and you need to execute a CRDA, please contact the Embassy where you wish to apply for a CRDA to schedule an appointment. You will need to present proof of the deceased relative’s U.S. citizenship, a local Yemeni death certificate, and an explanation of the cause of death.

The 2009 Military & Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act requires states to electronically forward election ballots to registered voters living abroad.  To take advantage of the MOVE Act, each U.S. citizen wishing to vote overseas must complete and submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).  For more information about overseas voting, please consult the State Department’s Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad.