Safety and security in Yemen -
At the moment we are strongly
advising against any kind of trip to Yemen mainland due to
ongoing political situation.
How to get to Yemen
Airport (SAH) is 15 kilometres from the city center and is
available with the following airlines at Sana'a International
from Istanbul, Royal Jordanian from Amman,
Qatar Airlines from Doha,
Saudi Airlines from Jeddah and
Egypt Air from Cairo,
Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi and
Fly Dubai from Dubai.
How to get to a Tourist Visa to Yemen -
Many individuals who wish
to travel to Yemen are confused – they are keen to visit Yemen,
yet unsure of how to get a tourist visa to the country.
There are several ways this can be done. At the moment
it is not possible to obtain visa at the embassies abroad! The
only way to get a tourist visa to Yemen at this moment is
through a friendly travel agent.
Applying for a Tourist
But there are rules in obtaining a tourist visa to Yemen
through a licensed travel agent. Travel agent will issue a
tourist visa for their clients wishing to take advantage of
complete tour packages that typically include
accommodation for the period of stay in Yemen, a tour guide and
itinerary for the tourist sights and various attractions around
the country. Furthermore, travel agent is committed in making
sure that their clients will depart Yemen safely at the end of
Those staying in Yemen for more than two weeks, must register at
the nearest police station no later than 14 days from the date
of arrival, otherwise a penalty fine of YR 5000 will be charged
on the day of their departure from Yemen. This applies for all
non-Yemeni nationals, including Arabs.
When to go?
A good time to visit Yemen
is from October to April. However, since Yemen has many
different terrains, including mountains and coastal areas, the
climate varies from region to region. In the higher altitude
areas, the weather can get very cold, especially at night. The
weather there is very warm during the summer months, but gets
cooler from October to March. On the coast, the weather is very
hot and dusty throughout of the year, making it an ideal
destination for water sports and nature exploration. Overall,
there is very little rainfall and very high temperatures in most
of the country, making it easy to visit any time of year.
Visitors should bear in
mind that the Yemeni people hold their traditions in high
regard, namely showing courtesy and hospitality.
Many of the natives still live in a nomadic setting, so modern
conveniences are often hard to come by in certain parts of the
Women are traditionally veiled in public, so visitors should
make an effort to dress modestly when out in public areas.
Oh, and about that Qat everybody is talking
Qat is the most
popular drug in Yemen, with effects similar to amphetamine.
Chewing starts after lunch, with men and women in separate
rooms. Leaves are plucked and gently crushed between the teeth
until a wad builds up in the cheek. It's a social activity and
chewers' conversation often centres on politics and daily lives.