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    Friendly people

    by Mcclovis Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Many people will try to start a conversation with you in shops, souqs or public transport. They even ask you some delicate or personal questions about your life, politics or religion. I was truthful and even asked back.

    Fondest memory: Learn some basic Arabic before you go. I do not mean just greeting phrases but also numbers and how to say the name of your country in Arabic. You'll be asked your age and marital status on a casual everyday basis so be prepared with an answer. I recommend the truth though single people older than 25 are frowned upon.

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    Visas

    by dutchwindmill Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Citizens from many countries, including (all or most? check beforehand if you're from one of the newer member states!) EU member states, can obtain a visa at Sana'a International Airport. (Not sure if your passport needs to be valid at least six months after intended departure from Yemen, but better to err on the side of caution.) The cost is USD 30 (or 25 euros or 5500 rials). For children with their own passport the amount is the same. If they are entered into their parent's passport the fee is much lower (I believe USD 10 only). It is possible to pay in Euros - you'll get your change back in Yemeni rials. No need to worry about being overcharged or shortchanged. It's a very straightforward process, be it a bit time-consuming if you're at the back of a queue. For that reason, make sure to proceed directly to the visa counter - don't get in line for Immigration first! (Tip to get there quickly: when descending from your airplane there is a bus waiting for you. Go stand close to the door on the left, that is the driver's side. That way you'll be the first to leave the bus and enter the Arrivals Hall. Inside the Hall turn left and you'll see a counter marked "Visa". There is also a money exchange there, but no need to go there first: the visa officials accept Euros and possibly other important regional currencies like Saudi riyal.)
    If they ask where you'll be staying, name any hotel (e.g. Sheraton or Arabia Felix). If they ask who your travel agent is, name any one (e.g. ATG/Abu Taleb Group).
    They sometimes ask for a copy of your passport's holder page (the - nowadays usually plastic - page with your personal data). If you can't produce one, they'll make one for you, but that takes some time. In any case it's never a bad idea to have that copy with you, wherever you go.

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    Arabic Language

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Arabic is pretty hard to learn; in Yemen, there is the additional problem that few people speak English and even those in the travel business do not always speak good English. A few words & phrases in Arabic can be helpful to get along:

    "salaam" or "marhaba" = good day
    "ma-as-salama" = good-bye
    "keif halak?" = how are you ?
    "mumkin" = Can I, May I ?
    "mumkin ßura?" = Can I take a photo ?
    "bikam hatha" = How much? (th like "they")
    "aiwa" = yes
    "la" = no
    "chalass" = enough, stop it
    "mafisch" = nothing, there is nothing
    "fi" = there is .. or as a question: do you have?
    "jalla" = let`s go
    "schukran" = thank you
    "min fadlak" = please
    "tammam" = good
    "mumtass" = excellent
    "djamila" = beautiful

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    Getting a visa

    by TheLongTone Updated Aug 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Although I have wanted to visit Yemen for a long time, I had decided to visit India this trip. I'd visited Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt in short order and part of me wanted a break from Arabic culture. So I schlepped off to the Indian High Comission in the Aldwych. Blow me down, it was the Buddha's birthday and the place was all shut up. Panic. It was wednesday and I wanted to book a flight by the weekend. Well, Yemen it had to be. I took myself off to the Yemeni embassy in Cromwell Road.

    Fondest memory: You can in theory get a visa on arrival at Sana'a airport. But apparently there have been incidents of independant travellers being refused a visa: I didn't want to take the chance. And the Yemeni embassy says that one of the visa requirements is a letter from the tour company organising your trip: the other is a return air ticket.
    I had neither, but this didn't worry the man behind the desk.
    'When do you want to go?'
    'As soon as possible'
    'Yemenia flies to Sana'a from London on Wednesdays and Fridays. How are you paying?'
    'Cash'
    He produced a book of paying-in slips from a drawer and filled one in for me. I had to go to the bank and pay my £25 into their account. And return on Friday between 12 and 2 to pick up the visa.

    The only other visa applicant was an orthdox jew, conducting his business in Arabic. Welcome to Yemen.

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    Money, honey

    by TheLongTone Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The general advice (including the FCO's) when I went was to take cash dollars. (In point of fact ATMs seemed to be reasonably common in the large towns). And dollars are generally acceptable for hotel bills, souvenirs and suchlike.

    Try and get large- $50 or $100 - denomination bills. You will often find that you get a poorer exchange rate for smaller bills - when I visited YR 199/$ for large bills, maybe YR195 for smaller notes. Quite a difference.

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    Government's Visa Policy

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Mar 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Government of the Republic of Yemen refuses entry and transit facilities to holders of Israeli passports, or holders of passports containing visas valid or expired for Israel or any indication, such as entry or exit stamps, that the holder has visited Israel.

    Original Passport valid for at least 6 months after date of departure required by all.

    Visas are required by all except:

    (a) Nationals of Iraq, Jordan and Syria;

    (b) Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided they hold valid onward or return documentation and are not leaving the airport.

    View of The Capital of Yemen - Sanaa !
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    Time to Travel

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Mar 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: People have told me that the best time to visit Yemen is between October and March. This is when the day time temperatures are normally pleasant and rain is usually infrequent. In summer from May to September, temperatures along coastal areas regularly exceed 40 C and the humidity is also very unpleasant. Moonsoon comes in March/April and again in August/September but it'll rarely disrupt your travels. In fact, it is a preferable time to visit because the countryside is at its most attractive ! It is the time when tourism picks up again. From 20th December to 10th January you might get some trouble finding room in a decent hotel.

    Standing along with my Uncle's BMW on a Sunny Day
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    People Photography

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Jan 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: People are some of the most attractive photo motives in Yemen. Some basic rules:

    In Yemen, almost all women are veiled. They do not like to be photographed, so don`t do it unless you`re absolutely sure they will not notice. It might cause trouble.

    It is no problem to take photographs of children. Often they will ask you to take a photo ("ßura"). Usually they are happy if you show them their picture on a digital camera display. If you want to make sure that they don`t expect money for the picture, ask "ßura bas - mafisch?" (meaning: only photo - nothing else?).

    In the rural areas, adults sometimes approach you to take their picture. They don`t want money, but it would be polite to show the photo on your digital camera and comment "tammam" or "mumtass" meaning "very good".

    If you want to ask somebody if it is OK to take his picture, ask "mumkin ßura" meaning "Can I take a picture?". If the response is "aiwa", its OK, if its "la" (=no"), you should respect this.

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    Yemeni Visa for Pakistani Passport Holders

    by Pakistaniguy Written Mar 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Pakistani Nationals need a Visa for entering Yemen. You cannot apply/initiate visa by yourself in the Embassy. There has to be someone in Yemen who applys for your visa in ministry of foreign affairs and gets it for you. The ministry sends the confirmation to your relative embassy and then u go to your embassy for applying the Visa. I did the same. My uncle applied for my my visa, got my visa and sent the confirmation to Yemeni Embassy in Islamabad. I went to the Embassy. They told me that i have to fill the two forms. Put two photos with white background. Get a medical certificate after being checked for various disease from a particular medical center only. So, After filling the form, i went to the medical center to get myself tested. I got all-clear report Allhamdulliah next morning, so, i took that report to the embassy and applied for the Visa. I got my Visa exactly after 3 hours! The Visa fees was 25 US$ for single entry Yemeni Visitor Visa.

    My Yemeni Visa
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    Building of Telecommunication

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Mar 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The national Telephone system is controlled by the government monopoly, Yemen Communications Company, commonly known as Tele Yemen. There are numerous call centers in every city and town of Yemen. Most of them are open daily from 8 am to 12 midnight !


    Fondest memory: The standard charge for anywhere in Europe, Americas and Australia is about 270YR per minute.

    Keep in mind that there are no often no offpeak periods with discounted rates.

    Building of Telecommunications on in Sana'a.
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    Genuine smiles

    by Mcclovis Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The children, as in any other place, are genuinely happy. There are many children and old people in Yemen who beg and are always asking for money or pity, especially from foreigners.

    Notwithstanding all this honesty prevails and crime is very low.

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    General Yemeni Visa Information

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Mar 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are looking for a tourist visa, then look up on the internet at http://www.yemenembassy.org which is maintained by Yemeni Embassy in Washington D.C. I've come to know that other Nationals from western countries can apply for One month tourist visa in the nearest Yemeni Embassy. You'll need to provide your original passport valid for 6 months even after the expiration of your visa, one passport size photo and visa fees of 50 US$ single and 100 US$ double entry visas. You can also apply for Yemeni Visa in U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman. Another way of doing is to contact a travel agent in Yemen and fill- the guarantee so that he can take your responsibility and arrange a visa for you. But then you should book a tour with them once u are there.

    View of The Capital of Yemen - Sanaa !
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    The Yemeni long-drop dry-composting toilet

    by TheLongTone Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: As the presence of soil-pipes demonstrates, this method of waste-disposal is no longer used. Formerly the necessary offices on the upper floors were of the simple hole over a void pattern, the waste dropping within the open-sided shaft into a collection tank. Any liquids drain off and the remaining solids dry out in the heat. Periodically it is collected and burnt: a traditional source of heat for the hammams. The ashes are used as fertiliser.

    Worked perfectly well for hundreds of years......

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    Money

    by JohnniOmani Written Sep 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A issue when travelling to a place like Yemen is what type of money to bring with you. Most people prefer US dollars but they can be a problem in Yemen as most exchange offices in Yemen consider pre 1990 US bills as potential fakes so make sure either you bring post 90 bills or take Euros as Euros are exchanged everywhere in the major centres. Also, credit cards are virtually useless so bring lots of cash in various forms.

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    Visa Info

    by JohnniOmani Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Yemens visa regulations changed on a monthly basis a few years ago but now the visa is straight forward. You get the visa on arrival at the international airport and the visa takes about 5 minutes. You must pay in foreign currency ie US dollars or Euros but it is an easy process. The visa cost $50 US and takes up a full page in your passport. Good to see that the country is beginning to relax and open up to tourists. Be warned that the passport officials will check your passport several times meaning if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport your Yemen holiday will be a short one. They will immediately turn you back to your original departure destination.

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