Visitors to Yemen must obtain a visa from one of the Yemeni diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa countries whose citizens may obtain visa on arrival.[1] Until January 2010 Yemen had a visa on arrival policy for some 50 nations.[2]

Visa policy map

Visa policy of Yemen
Visa policy of Yemen

Visa free

Citizens of  Hong Kong do not require a visa for up to 30 days.[3]

Visa is not required for those of Yemeni origin if holding a genuine Yemeni identification document or a proof of being of Yemeni origin. The origin can be proved by a birth certificate or any document from the father who has Yemeni nationality.

Visa on arrival

Citizens of the following 11 countries can obtain a visa on arrival for Yemen valid for up to 3 months:[4][5][6]


Passengers can transit without visa with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

Non-ordinary passports

Holders of diplomatic or official/service/special passports of Cuba, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey and holders of diplomatic passports of Lebanon, Hungary and holders of Palestine Authority VIP passport can obtain visa on arrival.


Visitors holding Israeli visas (or other Israeli entry documents) are denied entry to Yemen.[9]


Yemen held talks for implementing electronic visa system.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ Yemen stops issuing tourist visas on arrival to foreigners
  3. ^[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ Visa Regulation
  5. ^[dead link]
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  7. ^ Must arrive from Algeria.
  8. ^ Must arrive from Egypt.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Yemen to Improve Border Security Through Electronic Visa System".