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    At its best, Yemen is a place of incredible scenery, striking Islamic architecture and bustling souks, along with peaceful mosques, lush valleys and epic mountains. The capital Sana'a embodies the two faces of Yemen: the modern city with upmarket tourist infrastructure, and the old city with its Great Mosque and distinctive, multistorey buildings crafted in clay. Sana'a is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, and visitors can take it in from hotel rooftops, enjoy the authenticity of its old souks or be spellbound by the magnificent 700-year-old Great Mosque.

    Aden, the second largest city, is a port dating back to times of antiquity. It has a more cosmopolitan, liberal air than Sana'a and makes for an interesting visit. Other cities worth exploring are Shibam, known as the Manhattan of the Desert, and the garden city of Rawdha. But Yemen's most incredible attraction is the Socotra Archipelago, with over 700 species of wildlife and plants unique to the islands. Seen as a contemporary of the Galapagos Islands, it's a place of unique beauty and scientific fascination, with a distinct tribal culture that has thrived for thousands of years.

    To the Romans, the country of Yemen was known as Arabia Felix, the 'fortunate land', on account of its fertile fields. Yemen used to be a land of milk and honey, a place of great significance. Sadly, the country is struggling with unrest, instability and widespread terrorism, but travellers eagerly await the day this famously interesting country will again be hospitable to visitors.

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    Language:

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

    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.

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: United States citizens must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

    UK nationals: British nationals must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

    CA nationals: Canadians must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

    AU nationals: Australians must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

    ZA nationals: South Africans must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

    IR nationals: Irish nationals must have a passport valid on arrial. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

    NZ nationals: New Zealand nationals must have a passport valid on arrival. A visa is required and must be applied for in advance.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    The government of Yemen refuses entry to both holders of Israeli passports and those who have Israeli entry or exit stamps in their passports. Authorities in Yemen have stopped issuing visas upon arrival for foreign nationals from various countries in an effort to increase security measures due to concerns that extremists were entering Yemen to receive training to carry out attacks. Visitors to the country will now be required to apply for visas from a Yemeni diplomatic office in their country of residence. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

    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. Medical and healthcare facilities are generally good in Sana'a and Aden, but virtually non-existent outside of the big cities. Comprehensive 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. Visitors should dress conservatively to avoid causing offence; women should cover their shoulders, arms and legs and men should wear long trousers. Tourists shouldn't drink alcohol in public, and always use their right hand when eating or greeting as the left is considered unclean. Only enter mosques if invited to do so. Do not take photographs of soldiers, military installations or local people without permission. Yemeni people are famously hospitable and will frequently invite visitors to their homes to eat, drink tea or chew qat.

    Duty Free:

    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; one bottle of perfume or eau de toilette for personal use; and goods up to the value of YER 100,000. The import of any items of Israeli origin is prohibited.

    Yemen Embassies:

    Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, Washington DC, United States: (202) 717-1066

    Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, London, United Kingdom: (0) 20 7584 6607

    Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, Ottawa, Canada:(613)729-6627

    Consulate-General of the Republic of Yemen, Sydney, Australia: +61 2 6261 1111

    Yemeni Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa: (+27) 12 425 0760

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