A Yemeni passport is a government document used by citizens of Yemen for international travel. Yemeni passports are issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Ministry of the Interior, and by some Yemeni consulates and embassies around the world.
Yemeni passports are typically 42 pages long and have a dark blue cover inscribed with the Emblem of Yemen (and the words "Republic of Yemen" and "Passport" in English and Arabic). As Arabic is a right-to-left script, the passport pages read from right to left. The passport is valid for six years after the date of issue.
In the old days, when Yemen was a British colony (Colony of Aden), British passports were given to travellers from Yemen.
The first page of the passport provides the Identity of the passport holder in Arabic and English. On the left of the Identity page is a picture of the passport holder. Other information on the Identity page includes:
The passport of one individual should not be held by others who are not entitled to possess it. Any loss or theft of the passport should immediately reported to the concerned authority.
The title page of the passport holder and details of relatives who are in the Republic of Yemen.
The passport contains a further two pages of notes, four pages of additions and 32 pages for visas.
Passports contain details of the issuer that is shown to the authorities of all other nations, and identify the bearer as a citizen in the issuing country. A passport includes the demand to allow the holder to pass, and be treated in accordance with international standards.
The Foreign Minister requests relevant parties to allow the bearer of this passport to pass freely and also to assist their party in case of difficulties.
Main article: Visa requirements for Yemeni citizens
In 2016, Yemeni citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 38 countries and territories. This ranked the Yemeni passport 97th worldwide according to the Visa Restrictions Index. However, as of 2019, it has dropped to the 104th spot.