Yemen Favorites

  • Counter at Sana'a airport to get visa
    Counter at Sana'a airport to get visa
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  • Visa on passpart
    Visa on passpart
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  • Yemen Travel permit
    Yemen Travel permit
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Yemen Favorites

  • visa tip

    Per the Yemeni Observer tourist visas are/will be free for travelers comming with a travel agency. Individual tourist visas will cost between 5,000 and 20,000 YR depending on the length of stay. You might want to book a short trip with a local agency as things tend to be fairly priced there. So no you do not need a certifcate to gey your visa. You...

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  • Yemen Tourist visa obtained at Sana'a...

    Almost everyone, except the Gulf states citizen, has to buy the tourist visa on arrival. To avoid delay, you should be sure that you are onte of the first passengers to take the first transfer bus from aircraft to arrival terminal hall. In the transfer bus, stay on teh left side of the door as the arrival hall is on the left side of the bus. Once...

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  • Visas

    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...

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  • Aden

    Aden is located on one of the finest natural harbors in the Middle East. The harbor is formed by the large crater of an extinct volcano. The ancient Kingdom of Aswan first used the harbor for trade sometime between the fifth and seventh centuries B.C. Over time, the small settlement of Aden was established, and slowly grew as an important trading...

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  • Ta'iz

    Ta'iz, Yemen's largest city, is at an elevation of 4,593 feet (1,400 meters) and is located in a dramatic valley under the towering 9,862-foot (3,006-meter) Sabr Mountain. It is the main city in Yemen's highlands region. The picturesque Bab Mosa, or old town, contains historic buildings made of brown mud bricks which contrast with white mosques....

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  • Sana'a

    Legend tells that Sana'a was founded by Shem, the son of Noah. In reality, the city was probably established sometime during the first century A.D., making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Sana'a, which means "fortified place" or "the protected," originated as a citadel on the important trade route between Aden and...

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  • Hodeidah

    Hodeidah is Yemen's main port on the Red Sea, and second most important port after Aden. It is the capital of the Tihama region, an arid, hot, and humid coastal plain between the sea and the mountains. Hodeidah was established as a port in the early 1500s. The city was destroyed in 1809 by Islamic Wahabbi forces on their push to the south from the...

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  • Visas

    Yes, visas, for European Passport holders at least, is available at the airport on arrival. It will smooth the way if you have a contact travel agency address and tel. no. or the address and no. for an arabic learning school and accomodation details in Sana'a to present to the immigration officials. You must obtain and pay for your visa (on left...

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  • Arabic Language

    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...

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  • Money, honey

    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...

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  • The Yemeni long-drop dry-composting...

    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...

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  • Getting a visa

    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...

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  • Yemen diary . Jabal Milhan

    I've just published an English version of my Yemen diary, that I present to whoever should be interested in learning more about this fascinating country, as well as to those who are planning a trip there.The diary is rather detailed, but if you should be short of time, I would advise reading just the little chapter on Jabal Milhan, an account of...

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  • Visa Info

    It cost me 30 USD for my visa upon arrival at Sanaa airport. They took USD even my old wrinkled $20's. They made some European tourists go to the exchange window to the right of the visa counter. When you get off the plane you will take a bus to the terminal. Try and be the first one off, enter the arrivals building and head to your left. They are...

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  • The Language

    If you plan on backpacking Yemen and without the services of a local travel company then you must speak Arabic. I feel lucky that I can get by in Arabic and my studying paid off because not many folks speak English in Yemen. Yemen is a destination that really challenges you if you are alone and some phrases in Arabic go a looong way in this...

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  • Landscapes_harmony of Hajjarah

    The mountain range of the southern Arabian Peninsula runs through the Yemen, with its highest peak, Hadur Shu'ayb at 3,760 metres. Hajjah itself is a citadel, situated on the central hill of Hajjah, famous for underground prison cells used by the Imams.Topographical variations in this region give rise to a wide range of climatic conditions, and its...

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  • Business Hours

    The business hours vary. Outside the central highlands, where the climate is roasting hot, there is often an extended midday break but some businesses open earlier and close later). Some businesses close around 1pm regardless for the qat sessions and reopen around 6pm. Banks open at 8am and close at noon Saturday to Thursday but opens only to 11am...

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  • Visa Info

    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...

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  • The Muezzin calls ..

    Five times a day, the muezzin calls the muslim believers for prayers, beginning with 5 a.m. in the morning. This can mean a rude awakening if your accomodation is near a mosque, but believe me, you will get used to it.

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  • Camels

    Especially in the Hadramaut, camels (the one-humped species) are seen everywhere. There are no wild camels in Yemen as far as I know - they all belong to farmers or beduins.

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  • People Photography

    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")....

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  • Money

    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....

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  • Films

    Before you go to Yemen you should really watch the film An English Sheikh and a Yemeni Gentlemen as it gives great insight to what life was like years back plus it shows you what the landscape looks like which may influence you to make the move and get out there!

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  • Genuine smiles

    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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  • Friendly people

    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. 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...

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  • BUDGET/QUANTO SI SPENDE?

    BUDGET: the rial is the money of Yemen, on the market or on the bank the same exchange. You can also change to the black market. You can also change on a travel agency or to your driver but just inform first to the rates. You can have more if you change paper money of 50 or 100$. On the shops you can have better price if you pay on $ or euro.An...

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  • WEATHER/CLIMAT/CLIMA

    WEATHER: near the seaside you can find volcanic areas and the weather is hot and really wet especially in the Tihama area and so really difficult to visit this area on July or August. As Yemen is an highland where the rain falls regular in different areas that explain why some towns as Aden were build up the mountain where people can live of...

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  • DON'T MISS...NE PAS MANQUER...DA NON...

    IN YEMEN, you must see all as all is magicalAU YEMEN, il faut tout voir car tout est magiqueNELLO YEMEN, si deve vedere tutto perche tutto è magico WE MISS the friendly and the arab hospitaliyNOUS PENSONS souvent aux yéménites si hospitaliersRICORDIAMO sempre l'ospitalità di quella gente

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  • Yemen visas

    Getting a visa to Yemen is not difficult but can involve a bit of hassle. For kiwis, we need a letter from our embassy stating they have no objection to us visiting Yemen. I got a lecture from the consul on the dangers as Yemen is listed as very dangerous in our travel warnings. (See my comment on Travel Warnings on my homepage).After approaching...

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  • Yemeni Visas for British Passport...

    For British Travellers: (http://www.yemenembassy.org.uk)Tourist Single entry visa is given up to two months validity from date of issue.Requirements: 1- Letter from travel/tourism company who is organising the trip. 2- A confirmed return airline ticket. 3- For groups, the tour should be through a national travel/tourism company in the Republic of...

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  • Government's Visa Policy

    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....

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  • Visa at the Airport

    If you arranged your visa by the travel agent or someone in Yemen then there are two ways to get the visa, either by getting visa confirmation in your nearest embassy and applying for visa there. Otherwise, you can ask your sponsorer or the travel agent to arrange your visa at the Visa Counter in Sana'a Airport, once you'll land there you can pay...

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  • General Yemeni Visa Information

    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...

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  • Yemeni Visa for Pakistani Passport...

    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....

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  • Time to Travel

    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...

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  • Building of Telecommunication

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

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  • Telephone Centre (Aetissalat)

    If you are a caller from outside Yemen then u must know that the country code for Yemen is 967 followed by the local area code (minus the zero), then the number. The International access code for Yemen is 00 which must be dialed before the country code. If you are a caller inside Yemen and need assistance, please call 118.

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  • Maktab Al Bareed (The Post Office)

    There is a big Post Office on the Tahrir Square. This is the main head office of the post. The cost of sending a post card is 70 YR and for a normal sized envelop is 100 YR to the USA, for Europe is 60YR and 70YR and for Australia/New Zealand is 80YR and 120YR.

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  • Money Exchanger (Sarafa)

    The best place to change your currency into Yemeni Riyals are numerous foreign-exchange offices in Sana'a and in other large towns like Aden. The rates offered rarely vary by 1% and commissions are seldom charged, but it pays to ask for the final amount of Riyals you'll receive before handling over your cash to the cashier ! Foreign exchange...

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  • Reunification 1990

    The reunification celebrations in May 1990 were something very special and unique and I am so glad, we got to be in it!!! Men were dancing in the streets, putting up flags and always referring to the parallels of Germany (reunited the year before) and Yemen!

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  • Overview

    Climb one of the roofs of Sanaa and enjoy the splendid view over the city! It is truly breathtaking and just as rewarding as walking the streets!

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  • Lovely Yemen

    My favorite thing about Yemen is their nice and friendly peolpe. I miss the life style in Yemen the most when I am away and wish that the rest of the world was like Yemen.

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  • Spend time looking at the...

    Spend time looking at the architecture, which is unique. There are some beautiful valleys outside of Sanaa that shouldn't be missed, and the seside town of Hodeida is also worth visiting. Architecture, the rugged beauty of the countryside and the people.

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  • visit aden,socotra island,red...

    visit aden,socotra island,red sea islands-yemen,kamaran island sana' ibb,khawkha ADEN City is regarded as one of the distinguished city for its various tourism potential, serving all aspects of tourism business.God has endowed it with splendid and attractive nature, beginning with a long strip of clean sandy sea - shores and clear blue bay which...

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  • chew qat! It is the best way...

    chew qat! It is the best way to meet the Yemeni people and understand more about their culture. You can't avoid qat in Yemen - even the president is rumoured to chew with members of his parliament. After midday prayers, most of the men turn their thoughts to qat, where to buy it from, where to chew it, and who to chew it with, and by about 3pm...

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