Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens DO NOT TRAVEL to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, armed conflict, and landmines.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp and or visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

No US Embassy or Consulate currently in Yemen since 2015, due to ongoing conflict; Yemen Affairs Unit currently operates out of US Embassy Riyadh, [966] 11-488-3800; (967) 1 755-2000; US Embassy in Sana’a, Sa’awan Street, PO Box 22347;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 191; Fire: 191; Police: 194


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Yemen: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies, anthrax, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, COVID19, and influenza.


Mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in east

Currency (Code)

Yemeni rials (YER)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): A, D, G

Plug Type APlug Type DPlug Type G

Major Languages


Major Religions

Muslim 99.1% (estimated 65% are Sunni and 35% are Shia), other 0.9% (includes Jewish, Baha'i, Hindu, and Christian)

Time Difference

UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Al-Saleh Mosque; Old City of Sanaa; Socotra Island; Qalansiya Beach; Al Mukalla Harbor; Gulf of Aden, Shibam, Seiyun Palace, Thula Village

Major Sports

Soccer, boxing, mountain climbing

Cultural Practices

Yemenis greatly respect titles and positions of authority. Familiarity is commonly avoided in a work-related setting.

Tipping Guidelines

Leave a 10% tip in finer restaurants; otherwise round up the bill.


Frankincense, jambiyyas daggers, polished amber, traditional clothing, honey

Traditional Cuisine

Saltah — brown meat stew served with rice; key ingredients include saltah and hilbeh (a condiment based on fenugreek) and zhug (a condiment consisting of chillies, oil, cumin, garlic, and coriander); other ingredients may include lamb or chicken, tomatoes, potatoes, other vegetables, or scrambled eggs; typically served with flatbread

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Tuesday, December 26, 2023