Yemen Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Yemen
You should check your Goverments website before driving abroad in Yemen as there are currently restrictions and travel advisories in place for much of the country. As of July 2012, most governments advise against all travel to the country.
There is a significant risk of kidnap in Yemen. Kidnappings have occurred in the capital Sana’a as well as in the Governorates of al-Jawf, Abyan, Sa’ada, Dhamar, ‘Amran, Ma’rib, Shabwah and Abyan. You should exercise caution when travelling outside urban areas and you should not travel outside cities at night. Ideally travel outside the major cities is only undertaken when accompanied by a military escort. Main roads between the main settlements are usually paved and in reasonable condition, smaller roads are likely to be in a worse state of repair and many will require 4WD. Driving standards are poor and road rules are generally ignored.Yemen drives on the right but even this rule is often ignored and drivers may drive against the flow of traffic on the wrong side of the road. Traffic signals are often ignored and you should take great care at junctions. There are many under aged and poorly trained drivers on the roads. Vehicles are often in poor states of repair and many will be unlit at night though as previously mentioned night driving should be avoided anyway. The narcotic leaf khat is widely used, particularly in the afternoons, which can lead to unpredictable driving habits.
Yemen Self Drive Rules
None of the big companies allow cars to be taken out of Yemen and there may also be restrictions on taking cars into certain parts of the country.