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Yemen Travel Information

According to elaineqho, Yemen (Arabic: اليَمَن, al-Yaman is a country in the Middle East (Asia) bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia. The territory of Yemen also includes the island region of Socotra, located approximately 350 km distance The capital of Yemen is Sanaa (sana’a).A number of major cities in Yemen are: Sa’dah, Shibam, Abyan, Aden, Ibb and Ta’izz (Taiz).

Yemen is known for its historical and cultural value. Yemen still has many impressive mosques and other buildings. Yemen is known for having built the first skyscrapers. These are mud buildings of approximately 6 storeys high in the town of Shibam. Yemen is also known for the Queen of Sheba (Sheba is said to be an empire that included Yemen and Ethiopia). Most of the country consists of desert plains, mountainous areas and rock formations. In the south of the country you will find beautiful white beaches, volcanoes and geysers. Yemen is also increasingly becoming a diving destination due to its beautiful marine life. Diving schools, on the other hand, are almost impossible to find. See 3rjewelry for other cities and countries as well as geography in Middle East.

Where is Yemen?

Travel information of Yemen

Official name: Republic of Yemen
Continent: Asia
Area: 527,968 km²
Capital: Sanaa (Sana’a)
Country code: YE, YEM
Population: 29,884,405 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 3,666 m (Jabal an Nabi Shu’ayb)
Distance (Amsterdam – Sanaa): 5,615 km
Flight time: approximately 6 hours and 45 minutes

Negative travel advice
Current status: All trips to Yemen are discouraged.
Current color code: Red.
Due to this status, a negative travel advice is in effect for Yemen.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Yemen that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Yemen, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Yemen. It is possible to book airline tickets.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Yemen?

Weather and climate
Yemen mainly has a desert climate. Throughout the year, temperatures in the higher areas are around 20 to 25 degrees and in the lower areas around 30 to 45 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Yemen can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Yemen can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February, October, November and December are the best months to travel to Yemen. This avoids the long hot summer period.

Arabic is the official language in Yemen. In addition, English and French are spoken sporadically.
Would you like to translate from or into Arabic for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months when applying for a visa.
A visa is required. You can apply for this in person at the embassy of Yemen in The Hague.
Note: Your passport cannot contain an Israeli stamp.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Yemen: Temporarily closed.
Embassy of Yemen in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Yemen it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Yemen (with the exception of Sanaa). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Yemen, payment is made with the Yemeni Rial (YER).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Yemen can be found on our ATMs page. However, these ATMs are not reliable.

Price level
Prices in Yemen are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -42% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (61% cheaper), food (24% cheaper), imported beer in catering (10% more expensive), cigarettes (81% cheaper) and public transport (86% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Yemen it is customary to tip. In more expensive restaurants, a tip of about 10% is expected. At cheaper restaurants, rounding up the bill is sufficient.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 1 hour later in Yemen.
During our winter time it is 2 hours later in Yemen.
Yemen has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Yemen can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Yemen you must drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Yemen, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Yemen.

In Yemen you need a power plug adapter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Yemen can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 191
– Fire: 191
– Ambulance: 203131

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap because of the chlorine content. This can cause stomach and intestinal complaints.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Yemen can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Yemen can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Yemen end
Yemen official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Yemen is 00967 or +967.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Yemen? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in Yemen’s Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Yemen.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Yemen.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Yemen can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Yemen, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Yemen?
At you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Yemen. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Yemen can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Yemen can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Yemen? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, perfume and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Yemen, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Yemen, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, current sanctions, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Yemen.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking prohibited.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Not allowed (death penalty).

Did you know that…
…Yemen was divided into North Yemen and South Yemen until 1990?
…Many people in Yemen use the stimulant khat as a pastime?
…Is it normal to share a taxi in Yemen?
… Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East?
…Football is the most popular sport in Yemen?
…Islam is the official state religion of Yemen?

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