Aden International Airport
Located on the coast just to the northeast of Aden, Aden International Airport (ADE) serves Yemen's main port city. Most of the flights into and out of the airport are domestic, but there are some international flights to destinations in nearby Africa and the Middle East.
Airlines serving Aden International Airport: African Express Airways, Djibouti Airlines, Egyptair, Felix Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Yemenia Yemen Airways.
Sana'a International Airport
Located about six miles (ten kilometers) north of downtown Sana'a, Sana'a International Airport (SAH) is the main international gateway to Yemen. The airport handles flights to and from the Middle East, East Africa, Europe, and the Indian subcontinent.
Airlines serving Sana'a International Airport: Air Arabia, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Felix Airways, Gulf Air, Jazeera Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, Nas Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Yemenia Yemen Airways.
You have to obtain a visa to enter Yemen unless you are from Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
In the UK you need to apply minimum of 2 weeks in advance of your trip and you can apply to the consulate in London or through an agency.
Visas are also available on arrival in Sana'a - you need to take 2 passport photographs with you and all the completed forms.Related to:
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PASSPORT * VISA *
FORMALITIES: ask to the nearest embassy as formalities changed often. You need a visa to get there and if you need also an invitation letter or the confirm of a local agency you can contact Gamal: FAX.:00 967 1 28 74 26
FORMALITES: avant d'éffectuer un séjour dans le pays, il est indispensable de se renseigner auprès d'un consulat sur les formalites, celles ci changeant souvent.
Visa obbligatoire, et si le consulat vous le refuse ou vous demande une lettre d'invitation ou confirmation d'une agence locale: contacter en ANGLAIS Gamal a: email@example.com (TEL: 00 967 1 28 73 30; FAX: 00 967 1 28 74 26)
DOCUMENTI: è indispensabile prima della partenza informarsi presso i consolati sulle formalità, che spesso cambiano.
Visto obbligatorio, se il consolato dovesse chiedervi una lettera d'invito o una conferma di una agenzia locale: contattate in inglese Gamal a : firstname.lastname@example.org (TEL: 00 967 1 28 73 30 FAX: 00 967 1 28 74 26)Related to:
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Riyan Mukalla Airport
Riyan Mukalla Airport (RIY) is a small domestic airport located along Yemen's southern coast about half-way between Mukalla to the west and Ash Shihr to the east. All flights between Sana'a and Socotra, and between Aden and Socotra, make a stop at Riyan Mukalla Airport.
Airlines serving Riyan Mukalla Airport: African Express Airways, Felix Airways, and Yemenia Yemen Airways.
Socotra International Airport
Socotra International Airport (SCT) is the only airport serving the island of Socotra. All flights to the island, which originate in either Sana'a or Aden, make a stop in Mukalla before continuing on to Socotra. And flights from the mainland are only operated on a weekly basis.
Airlines serving Socotra International Airport: Felix Airways and Yemenia Yemen Airways.
The Land Cruiser is King
In the largely urban and always small scale UK, these things ara plague, the Axles of Evil. But in this country vehicles like Toyota Land Cruiser actually make sense, and it is astonishing how many people and goats will fit into the crew-cab pickup.
You can hire a 4X4 with driver for around $50 a day all found (including the drivers expenses when away overnigt): it's a good way to see a lot of the highlands in a short time.
Shared bus from Ta'iz to Aden
Shared bus is a more flexible way to get around Yemen than using coaches. There is no fixed departure time - when the bus is full, it goes. You can find these buses by asking taxi drivers.
We used the shared bus get to Aden from Ta'iz, because the RAHA coach departs only twice a day at 6am and 8pm, the time wasn't suitable.
So we were in this shared bus with 10 people, squeezed in the seats. Not the most comfortable ride, but fortunately the journey was only 2 hours. I wouldn't recommend using shared bus for any journey longer than that.
YR800 per head - half the price of RAHA coach.Related to:
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My trip to Yemen was organised by UK company The Traveller who specialise in group tours to cultural locations. They generally have a tour in November and one in January, and they can organise tailor made trips.
Our tour company in Yemen were Universal Touring Company who have been running tours in Yemen for over 15 years. Our guide Sayeed is their best English speaking guide, and he was very good.
Universal Touring Company
PO Box 10473
Tahrir Square 20
Tel 00967 1 272861
Fax 00967 1 275134
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Shared Taxi in Yemen
Shared taxi in common in Yemen, like other Middle Eastern countries. I took shared taxi in Saiyun for communing to Shiba and Tarim. Depends on the ccar type, it may take 5 pax (2 in front 3 at end) or 8 (2 +3+3). Taxi won't leave from terminal until it is full. If you want to take the front seat by sharing with another passenger, be at the terminal early.
My driver in Yemen
I contacted a local Yemen travel agent and arranged for a driver and car for 5 days itinerary (per my Yemen main page). I think the most important is not the travel agent (or the middle man), but the driver. It is the driver who goes around with you every day from place to place. Travel agent is only negotiated the price and itinerary and then take a portion of $$ as profit. It is a matter of your luck if you get a good driver. My case I did have a reasonable good driver who can speak some English and tell you some situations. The driver is not a guide so you need your own guide book. Places to visit are quite standard, as long as he understands your requirement as negotiated with the travel agent.
I got quite a reasonable good deal for 5 days. I negotiated to pay the agent driver and car (with gasoline of course) only, whilst I paid for accommodation everyday on my own. It worked out to be cheaper than an all-in package as the travel agent will save time to call around to book the hotels.
As for accommodation, it would be the driver to choose, as long as you tell him to go for a cheaper accommodation, as I requested. Do take note that the accommodation you pay at end to the hotel upon check-in will include yourself and the driver (and his food) because now it is the driver to become the middle man to bring you there! After all, it is still cheaper than paying all $$ to the travel agent at the beginning.
I am quite happy with the arrangement. I don't mention the travel agent here because I don't want to advertise for it. But if you send message, I will tell you.
Yemenia aircraft - Sana'a and Seiyun
I flew Yemenia airlines domestic flight from Sana'a to Seiyun round trip. It was US$145. The 737 aircraft looks quite new. Inside the aircraft, the monitors even has 3D flight path, which was the first time I have ever seen so far. Even Emirates, Singapore airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air France, Continental airlines which I have flown in the last 6 monthsndo not have. See more pics for the monitor.
One week would be sufficient to visit Sanaa and do some daytrips to destinations outside Sanaa (Wadi Dahr, Bait Bauß, Thulla/Kaukabam, Menackha/Hajjara).
If you want to visit the Hadramaut too (recommended!), another week is necessary. A typical itinerary would include inland flight from Sanaa to Seyun, 1/2 day in Seyun, 1/2 in Shibam, a daytrip to the Wadi Idin with palm groves and oasises, finally a two-day trip through the Wadi Dauan (Duan) and the Jol plateau with stops along the way. Inland flight from the harbour town Mukalla to Sanaa. You can as well start with Mukalla and then fly back from Seyun to Sanaa.
Another week added, and you have time to see the highlights of Socotra (like Homhill, Diksam, Arher Beach, Shoab Beach, Qualanisya & detwah Lagoon etc.).Related to:
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Fly or Drive?
You can fly between most of the major cities in Yemen, certainly between the major tourist places. However, you will miss a lot of stunning scenery, mountain villages and atmosphere.
The roads are mostly good and a lot of new roads are being built so the driving situation can only get better. The Chinese have built some new roads and many wealthy Yemenis who live abroad finance the building of roads in their local areas.
The rural wadis and some mountain passes still have gravel roads but 4 wheel drive vehicles can get most places – especially with a good driver who knows his way around.
It is best to travel these roads during daylight and start early as rain can make them difficult in the afternoons and it is not good to be driving on them after dark.
Our tour was in 4 wheel drives with drivers, but we flew from Sana'a to Seiyun due to the security situation - FCO not allowing Brits to travel to Marib.Related to:
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Safety and Permits
Tourist groups outside of Sana’a travel in 4 wheel drive vehicles to look less conspicuous than a minibus, after shootings in 2007. We travelled 3 people per car plus our drivers.
There are many checkpoints along the roads and we stopped often. Tourist cars have to have a permit to travel from one place to another, which states your nationality, reason for travel and destination. These are photocopied and handed in at each checkpoint. If you don’t have a permit you will have to return to the nearest police station and get one. Our cars also travelled in strict order with car 1 always in front, handing the permits to the police for all the 3 cars.
This means it is very difficult to change your itinerary once it has been set, as it requires a visit to the police station.Related to:
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