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Yemen Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +3

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary but plugs with two or three flat pins or three round pins are most common.

Language

Arabic is the official language. English is the most commonly spoken foreign language.

Travel Health

Malaria medication is recommended for travel to all parts of Yemen except Sana'a and areas above 2,000 metres (6,561ft) altitude. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers arriving from infected areas. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid, and travellers should be up to date on their vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), polio and tetanus-diphtheria.

Medical and health care facilities are generally good in Sana'a and Aden, but virtually non-existent outside of the big cities. Comprehensive medical travel insurance, with provision for emergency repatriation, is strongly advised.

Local Customs

Yemen is an Islamic country and the faith is tightly woven into the fabric of daily life. As a visitor you should dress conservatively to avoid causing offence; women should cover their shoulders, arms and legs and men should wear long trousers. Do not drink alcohol in public. Use your right hand when eating or greeting; the left is considered unclean. Only enter mosques if invited to do so. Do not take photographs of military personnel and installations or local people without permission. Yemeni people are famously hospitable and will frequently invite visitors to their homes to eat, drink and/or chew qat. These are sincere offers typically without ulterior motives.

Duty Free

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of firearms, illegal drugs, obscene books and magazines, and any items of Israeli origin are also prohibited. Travellers to Yemen over the age of 18 years can import the following without incurring customs duty: 600 cigarettes or 60 cigars or 450g tobacco; two bottles of alcoholic beverages (if they are non-residents); one bottle of perfume or Eau de Cologne for personal use; and goods up to the value of YER 100,000.

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