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Due to ongoing instability in Yemen, you should check your government’s advice before planning a trip to this country. On this page, we will explain all the conditions and requirements for visitors to this Middle Eastern country.
Like most countries, Yemen has different entry requirements for different nationalities. Broadly speaking, the entry policies can be divided into visa-free, Visa on Arrival (VoA), and embassy visa.
Only Hong Kong passport holders can enter Yemen visa-free and stay for up to 30 days.
Meanwhile, there are 11 countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, that are eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VoA). This type of document can be obtained directly when you arrive and grants visitors 90 days in the country (except for Algerian nationals, who can stay for 30 days).
All other nationalities will need to obtain a visa from one of the country’s diplomatic missions. The length of stay granted in this case will vary depending on your nationality and the purpose of your trip.
On this page, we will explore which nationalities fall under each category, how to get your visa, and what documents you will need to provide.
Please bear in mind that we are referring to those travelling for tourism, whereas different policies will apply to those travelling to work, study, or for other purposes.
What Is the Difference Between a Yemen Visa on Arrival (VoA) vs an Embassy Visa?
The main difference between these 2 documents is that the VoA is issued at the immigration desk when you arrive in the country. Whereas, the embassy visa is issued by one of the country’s diplomatic missions, so you must obtain it before travelling to the country.
Essentially, the process to get an embassy visa is longer and requires more planning before your trip, while the VoA is much quicker and easier to obtain.
That being said, to be granted a VoA you must apply online 2 days before in order to obtain a ‘Yemen Visa Grant Notice’ or ‘Submission Notice’. Without one of these documents, you won’t be granted a VoA.
Yemen Visa Application Process
If you are not eligible for a VoA, follow these steps to obtain your travel permit:
- The first step is to locate the nearest Yemen diplomatic mission to your residence, which can be an embassy or consulate (see list below).
- The next step is to contact the diplomatic mission and make an appointment. In some cases, you won’t need to make an appointment, but can submit your application on any given day.
- The third step is to download and fill out the application form, which can usually be found on the embassy’s website, and to collect all the supporting documents necessary. See the section below ‘Application Forms and Documents’ for more details.
- Finally, go to the consular offices to submit your application. Depending on the consulate or embassy, you can either be issued a visa directly when you apply, or you will need to collect your passport with the travel permit at a later stage.
Some consulates allow you to submit your application and receive your document by post. If you are interested in this option, you should contact the organisation to see if they offer this option.
Here’s the list of diplomatic missions of Yemen. Please keep in mind that currently not all embassies are issuing visas:
Algeria – Algiers
Djibouti – Djibouti
Egypt – Cairo
Eritrea – Asmara
Ethiopia – Addis Ababa
Kenya – Nairobi
Libya – Tripoli
Mauritania – Nouakchott
Morocco – Rabat
South Africa – Pretoria
Sudan – Khartoum
Tanzania – Dar es Salaam
Tunisia – Tunis
Canada – Ottawa
Cuba – Havana
United States – Washington, D.C.
Bahrain – Manama
China – Beijing
India – New Delhi
Indonesia – Jakarta
Iran – Tehran
Iraq – Baghdad
Japan – Tokyo
Jordan – Amman
Kuwait – Kuwait City
Lebanon – Beirut
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Oman – Muscat
Pakistan – Islamabad
Saudi Arabia – Riyadh, Jeddah
Syria – Damascus
Turkey – Ankara
United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi
Austria – Vienna
Belgium – Brussels
Bulgaria – Sofia
Czech Republic – Prague
France – Paris
Germany – Berlin
Hungary – Budapest
Italy – Rome
The Netherlands – The Hague
Poland – Warsaw
Russia – Moscow
Spain – Madrid
Switzerland – Geneva
United Kingdom – London
Yemen Visa Requirements and Eligibility
As we mentioned, most visitors will need an embassy visa to visit this country, but there are a few exceptions.
Notably, citizens of Hong Kong are the only nationality that can visit without a visa, while others can get a VoA.
Here’s the list of countries eligible for a VoA:
United Arab Emirates
Those with a service or diplomatic passport, or journalists and reporters travelling for work, are not eligible for a VoA.
On the other hand, those with a service or diplomatic passport from the following countries are eligible for a VoA:
Service or diplomatic passports:
Finally, here’s the list of countries whose citizens must obtain an embassy visa:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Central African Republic
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
North Korea (DPRK)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sao Tome and Principe
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America
Holy See (Vatican)
Yemen Application Form and Documents
Now let’s take a look at all the documents you must provide and the form to be completed, as part of your visa application.
First of all, all visitors must have a passport that is valid for the duration of their stay. If this isn’t the case, you must renew your passport before travelling. In addition, anyone with an Israeli stamp or visa will be denied entry.
To obtain a visa, you must provide the following:
- A signed and completed application form.
- 2 recent passport photos.
- A letter of invitation (this can be from a travel agency or acquaintance in the country).
- Onward travel or return flight tickets.
- A pre-paid and addressed return envelope (for postal applications).
If you are applying in the US, you may also need to provide a doctor’s letter confirming you have no contagious diseases. On this note, it’s always a good idea to check the requirements with the consulate office where you are going to submit your application.
For those eligible for a VoA, you will also need to provide the documents listed above when you arrive in the country.
The Application Form
The application form is a simple document requesting your personal details, passport information, and some basic information about your trip. Here is what you can expect to write in the form:
- Name and surname
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Marital status
- Passport number
- Passport type
- Passport place and date of issue
- Passport expiration date
- Permanent address
- Phone number
- Purpose of your visit (e.g. tourism, visiting relatives)
- Duration of your visit
- Duration of visa requested
- Number of entries required
- Address in the country
- Reference in the country (name of anyone you may be visiting or the name of the travel agency)
Finally, don’t forget to sign and date the form.
Yemen Visa Status Check
Once you have submitted your application at the embassy, you may need to wait a few days, or even weeks, while your permit is being processed. It’s a good idea to ask the consulate or embassy for information about their processing times, as this way you will know when to expect your document.
If you think your travel permit is delayed and that it may affect your travel plans, you can contact the organisation handling your documents by using the contact details that can be found online. They should be able to let you know if your permit has been approved, rejected, or if it’s still being processed.
How Much Does a Yemen Visa Cost?
The cost of your travel permit can vary depending on where you are applying from. Therefore, you may wish to consult with your nearest diplomatic mission to find out the exact cost. As a guideline, here are some examples of fees:
- Washington, USA: 65 USD
- Warsaw, Poland: 30 USD
Furthermore, when you organise a trip through a travel agency, they may be able to help you get your visa. In this case, you will likely need to pay the agency an additional fee for this service.
More Yemen Visa Questions and Information
To answer all your questions about the entry policies to Yemen, you can use our FAQ section below. Click on the arrow to reveal the answer.