Yemen Basics

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The Basics


Time: Local time is GMT +3

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary but plugs with two or three flat pins or three round pins are most common.

Money: Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary but plugs with two or three flat pins or three round pins are most common.

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: Arabic is the official language. English is the most commonly spoken foreign language.

Entry requirements for Americans: United States citizens must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British nationals must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australians must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand nationals must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals must have a passport valid on arrial. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

Passport/Visa Note: The government of Yemen refuses entry to both holders of Israeli passports and those who have Israeli entry or exit stamps in their passports. Authorities in Yemen have stopped issuing visas upon arrival for foreign nationals from various countries in an effort to increase security measures due to concerns that extremists were entering Yemen to receive training to carry out attacks. Visitors to the country will now be required to apply for visas from a Yemeni diplomatic office in their country of residence. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: Malaria medication is recommended for travel to all parts of Yemen except Sana'a and areas above 2,000 metres (6,561ft) altitude. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers arriving from infected areas. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid, and travellers should be up to date on their vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), polio and tetanus-diphtheria. Medical and health care facilities are generally good in Sana'a and Aden, but virtually non-existent outside of the big cities. Comprehensive medical travel insurance, with provision for emergency repatriation, is strongly advised.

Local Customs: Yemen is an Islamic country and the faith is tightly woven into the fabric of daily life. As a visitor you should dress conservatively to avoid causing offence; women should cover their shoulders, arms and legs and men should wear long trousers. Do not drink alcohol in public. Use your right hand when eating or greeting; the left is considered unclean. Only enter mosques if invited to do so. Do not take photographs of military personnel and installations or local people without permission. Yemeni people are famously hospitable and will frequently invite visitors to their homes to eat, drink and/or chew qat. These are sincere offers typically without ulterior motives.

Duty Free: The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of firearms, illegal drugs, obscene books and magazines, and any items of Israeli origin are also prohibited. Travellers to Yemen over the age of 18 years can import the following without incurring customs duty: 600 cigarettes or 60 cigars or 450g tobacco; two bottles of alcoholic beverages (if they are non-residents); one bottle of perfume or Eau de Cologne for personal use; and goods up to the value of YER 100,000.