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Travel information about Yemen

Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Western Asia at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second-largest country in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 km2 (203,850 sq mi). The coastline stretches for about 2,000 km. A country of about 27,600,000 people.

Capital city of Yemen: Sana’a

Closest neighbors to Yemen: Djibouti, Eritrea, Oman to the east-northeast and it is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north. Although Yemen’s constitutionally stated capital is the city of Sana’a, the city has been under rebel control since February 2015.

Best times to visit Yemen: Temperatures differ significantly in line with the region and time of the year. Climatic situations vary substantially among regions. Scuba diving in Yemen, visibility can be less around 15-20 meters depending on the season especially when the wind falls and the sea calms down from September to October and from March to May.

How to get to Yemen: For air travel the only flights from outside Yemen are Government sponsored flights from Abu Dhabi. You must need to ensure you have a visa for Soqotra before you depart Salalah. Yemen is not an easy country to get around, as for foreign nationals travel permits are required and in some regions independent travel is not possible.

Visa requirements for Yemen: Currently, they urge U.S. citizens to defer travel to Yemen. Visas must be obtained at Yemeni embassies and consulates abroad.

Currency of Yemen: The currency in Yemen is the Yemeni Rial.

Official Language of Yemen: Arabic is the official language of Yemen.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Yemen

  • Historic Town of Zabid (1993)
  • Old City of Sana’a (1986)
  • Old Walled City of Shibam (1982)
  • Socotra Archipelago (2008)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.