• Alcoholic drinks
For non- Muslim visitors, you are free to import alcoholic beverages for private consumption. Don’t drink in public places.
You can have local various food palates in public restaurants or in first-class hotels restaurants with continental dishes. Pig meat is not available.
It is advisable to bring with you warmer clothes for the cold mountainous areas, and light clothes for warm deserts and coastal areas.
Ladies don’t have to dress definitely the Yemeni way but they should dress modestly in the public places. Bare shoulders and miniskirts are not appreciated. The same goes for kissing in public.
Tourists shouldn’t take photos to women, military places, police personnel, and installations.
Currency and Foreign Exchange
The currency in Yemen is the Rail (Kindly see the daily Money Exchange). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchanges offices and hotels. Credit Cards, American Express, Visa Cards are accepted in some hotels and banks in Sana’a city and other main cities( see banks).
• Customs Regulations
There are no restrictions on cameras. No special declarations are needed. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currencies or traveler checks brought to the country.
Entrance visas to Yemen are available very easily from all Yemeni embassies or consulates in your country. But for citizens from the countries included in the Visa's List (See Visas), they are permitted to obtain visas at their arrival to the Yemeni entry ports.
Where Yemeni diplomatic missions don’t exist, visitors may get a transit visa valid for 96 days with possibility to be renewed at the entrance port. Every official visitor to Yemen receives, immediately upon arrival, a permit to stay one month. Within this period, you do not need to register with the police or to get a departure permit.
Holders of EEC passports & the G8 can now obtain entry visas at boarder of the airport. For countries where Yemen has no diplomatic representation, visas can be arranged locally. This service is usually available at travel agencies in Yemen. Travelers to Yemen require a passport that is valid for at least six months. Visas are valid for three months from the day of issuance.
• Official working hours in Yemen
The public offices open daily from 8:00am until 3:00 pm except Thursdays and Fridays. In Ramadan Month, the working time starts at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm.
The voltage in Yemen is often 220v. Five stars hotels provide 220v. or 110v.
• Public Holidays
Weekends, two days, Thursdays and Fridays.
Annual Fixed Holidays are:
May 1 (Labor Day)
May 22 (National Day of Unity in 1990)
September 26 (National Day of Yemeni Revolution in 1962)
October 14 (National day of Liberation of South Yemen from the British