Country Risk Code: Extreme
Yemen is considered high risk as many governments advise their citizens not to travel to this destination. If you have any reason to travel to Yemen, it is crucial that you have the ideal travel insurance coverage.
Military airstrikes and political instability characterize Yemen. There is a high risk of terrorism and kidnap in the country. Carjacking is common as armed criminals rob their victims. Regions like Sana'a, Aden, and Ta'is suffer a very high rate of kidnap. The terrorist attack usually targets the Yemeni Government and Houthi interests; Westerners and western interests are not left out. There is the risk of unexploded weapons and landmines, especially in the central highlands and southern and eastern regions.
Coronavirus remains a risk in Yemen. There have been reported cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Visitors are advised to avoid products that have come in contact with camel secretions. There are common insect-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis, dengue fever, and filariasis. Malaria is also common, alongside the risk of contracting chloroquine-resistant strains. Foodborne and waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and hepatitis B are common. Yemen has primary health care standards; you may encounter a little challenge to access healthcare during a crisis. In Sana's, Aden, and some parts of the country, medical supplies are limited or even absent during crises; hence you'll need to be evacuated from the country. Good healthcare can be expensive if you don't have insurance.
Choosing the Right Cover for Your Trip to Yemen
Kidnapping is expected, so it's best to get kidnap and ransom insurance. Note that some insurance providers do not provide cover for Yemen. Check that your insurer covers Yemen before taking a trip to this country. It's vital that you get comprehensive travel insurance before travelling to Yemen.Check that your insurance provider covers health, including provisions for emergencies and medical evacuation. Note that some insurance may not cover Yemen; you'll need to check with your insurance to ensure they cover high-risk destinations.