Did you know that if you were born in Aden during the British occupation, you had a British passport? You were a Citizen of United Kingdom and Colonies.
The Colony of Aden was a British colony in southern Yemen between 1937 – 1963 when it then became a state within the Federation of South Arabia. British rule did not end in the area until 1967, when it became the People’s Republic of South Yemen. Before 1937, Aden was administered as part of British India.
According to Medium as of Independence Day in 1967, there were ways for those living in the now former Aden colony to claim British nationality:
- A British or UK-born mother or father
- “Not having gained nationality of Yemen on Independence Day”
- A grandparent born in the UK
- A parent or grandparent born outside of Yemen
- A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Yemeni
Once Aden became independent from Great Britain, they issued their own passports.
In 1990, North and South Yemen became one country and all now have the same passport.
Back in 2015, hundreds of people’s in Yemen’s city of Ibb applied for passports.Embed from Getty Images
Hundreds of Yemenis wait in line to apply for a passport outside the passport department in Ibb, Yemen on November 5, 2015. Because of the clashes and the economic crisis in the country, hundreds of Yemenis apply for passport to be able to go to other countries.
Because of the current conflict in Yemen, obtaining a passport has become even more difficult. Any passports issued from Yemen’s capital of Sana’a from 2016 are no longer considered valid.
Now, how about US passports with Yemen connections?
This is what happened after the recent travel ban from 7 countries to a US citizen who had visited Yemen in the past.
Agent asked me why I hated America, why I’d go to a country like that, asked if I was Muslim, then sent me to the back room
I was held for 3 hours b4 speaking to anyone. Missed a connecting flight. This is nothing compared to what immigrants r going thr
but my point is that’s how the treat Americans born here just for traveling. He asked my why I hated democracy & freedom.
Why would someone travel to Yemen? Many reasons! My blog is mostly dedicated to learning about this country and you can read more of my posts about it (outside the current war) in my Country Profile category. Coffee? Alien island? The world’s oldest skyscraper city? Preeeetty cool! Your passport can take you to many places, though Yemen will have to wait until the war is over and airports opened.
More on the executive order banning travel from 7 countries and how it has affected travelers.
If you’re interested in more about old passports, see the article Six Stories of Stunning Passports From Countries That No Longer Exist.