Entry/Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens
Passports and visas are required for travel to Yemen. Visas must be obtained from Yemeni embassies abroad. All visitors to Yemen are required to obtain a visa prior to travel; airport visas will not be issued upon arrival. U.S. citizens are typically issued visas that are valid for 30 days.
Travelers to Yemen are not required to have an affiliation with or arrange travel through a Yemeni-based individual or organization. However, at the port of entry, a traveler may be asked for supporting evidence of character, purpose of visit, and length of stay.
Travelers are initially granted a visa to visit Sana’a or Aden and must obtain permission from the tourist policeif the traveler would like to visit other parts of Yemen. Travelers without permission risk arrest and detention.
Yemeni law requires that all visitors/tourists register at a Yemeni police station or at the Passport and Immigration Authority within two weeks after arrival to Yemen. Failure to register will result in complications upon departure and a possible fine of 5,000 Yemeni Riyals (approximately $23.00 USD).
If a traveler overstays the duration of stay granted by Yemeni authorities at the port of entry, the traveler must pay 300 Yemeni Riyal (approximately $1.50 USD) per day in overstay finesand obtain an exit visa from the Passport and Immigration Authority before being allowed to depart Yemen.
Yemeni law requires that foreign travelers staying longer than 30 days obtain exit visas before leaving the country. If staying in Yemen for less than 30 days, an exit visa is not required. Travelers wishing to extend their stay beyond 30 days must file an extension with the Passport and Immigration Authority. The Passport and Immigration Authority requires a non-refundable fee of 4,400 Yemeni Riyal (approximately $20 USD) for a one-time extension of 30 days. Further extensions may not be approved.
Residence permits are issued by the Passport and Immigration Authority. In order to obtain a residence permit, U.S. citizens must be sponsored by a Yemen-based individual or organization. U.S. citizens with a valid residence permit wishing to leave Yemen are required to obtain an exit visafrom the Passport and Immigration Authority. The exit (and re-entry) visa is valid for two months from the date of issuance or until the date the residence permit expires, whichever comes first.The Passport and Immigration Authority will not issue an exit visa until the sponsoring organization or individual gives permission for an exit visa to be granted.
In certain situations, however, foreign visitors (travelers and residents) are required to obtain exit visas from the Immigration and Passport Authority headquarters in Sana’a
regardless of their legal status in Yemen.
A lost passport can cause considerable delay. Yemeni law requires that a traveler attempt to recover the passport by placing an advertisement in a newspaper and waiting three days for a response before starting the process of reporting the passport lost/stolen with the local police. Even if the U.S. Embassy is able to replace a lost/stolen U.S. passport, Yemeni authorities may require U.S. citizens to complete these procedures prior to departing Yemen with the replacement passport.
All minor/underage U.S. citizens should be accompanied by their legal guardian(s) or provide a notarized letter in Arabic of parental consent when obtaining exit visas to depart Yemen. U.S. citizen women who are married to Yemeni or Yemeni-American men often must obtain permission from their husbands before receiving an exit visa. They also may not be permitted to take their children out of Yemen without permission from the father, regardless of who has legal custody of the children. (See Special Circumstances section below.)
In sum, in the types of cases described above and in other complex cases, obtaining an exit visa requires the permission of one of the following: the employing company, the sponsoring Yemeni family member, the sponsoring school, or the court in which the legal action is pending. Without this permission, foreigners -- including U.S. citizens -- may not be allowed to leave Yemen.
The Yemeni government rigidly enforces restrictions on prior travel to Israel, and does not allow persons with passports bearing Israeli visas or entry/exit stamps to enter the country. Likewise, the absence of entry stamps from a country adjacent to Israel, which the traveler has just visited, may cause Yemeni immigration officials to refuse admittance.
For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, 2319 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone 202-965-4760, or the Yemeni Mission to the U.N., 413 E 51st Street, New York, NY 10022, telephone (212) 355-1730. Also visit the Yemeni Embassy website.