Yemen Guide

Yemen Guide

Country data

Location: Middle East

Time zone: CET + 2 (during summer time: CET + 1)

Total area: 527,968 km²

Land area: 527,968 km²

Water area: 0 km²

Length of the state border: 1,746 km

Bordering countries:
Oman: 288 km
Saudi Arabia: 1,458 km

Coastline: 1,906 km

Capital: Sanaa

Governorates: 21
Abyan, Aden, Ad Dali ‘, Al Bayda’, Al Hudaydah, Al Jawf, Al Mahrah, Al Mahwit, Amanat al ‘Asimah (Sanaa City),’ Amran, Dhamar, Hadramawt, Hajjah, Ibb, Lahij, Ma ‘rib, Raymah, Sa’dah, Sanaa, Shabwah, Ta’izz

Electric current: 220 V / 50, 60 Hz

Telephone code: 00 967 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Jabal an Nabi Shu’ayb 3,760 m


Population: approx. 26 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 2.7% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 49

Life expectancy: 63 (male), 67 (female)

Official language: Arabic


  • 99% Muslim
  • 1% other


The climate depends on the region (near the coast, desert, highlands).

In the coastal regions it is very hot, especially in the summer months from April to September. There are daytime temperatures of up to 50 ° C (on average between 30 – 40 ° C). Although the humidity can rise to values ​​of up to 90%, rain falls very rarely all year round. This climate is the hardest to endure for Europeans.


In the desert region (in the east of the country) it is always very hot and dry. It almost never rains.

The higher regions still have the most pleasant climate for Europeans. It can be compared to a very warm summer in Central Europe. In this region, too, there is little rain.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: Yemen Rial (YER)

Classification: 1 rial = 100 fils

ATMs: In some banks in larger banks in Sanaa, Aden and Mukalla. Almost only the VISA card is accepted.

International credit cards: These are only accepted by larger hotels and banks in the capital.

Regulations: The national currency may not be imported or exported. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currencies that can be imported. The export of foreign currencies is limited to the declared import. There is an obligation to declare.

Exchange offices and banks that accept foreign currencies are almost exclusively in the capital. You should therefore exchange the required amounts before traveling to the surrounding area and keep the bill of exchange in a safe place.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic drinks (only for non-Muslims!)
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

There is an import ban on weapons of all kinds, drugs and pornographic material.

Likewise, you are not allowed to bring any products with you when entering the country that were (wholly or partially) produced in Israel.

Travel advice

We urgently warn against traveling to Yemen! All Germans who are still there are requested to leave Yemen!

The German embassy in Sanaa is closed. Consular help in an emergency is not possible.

The security situation across the country is extremely bad. State authorities are rarely able to provide assistance.

When traveling to Yemen there is an increased risk of being a victim of a bomb attack or kidnapping.

Especially in the south of the country there are still minefields that have not been cleared.

Behavioral advice

You shouldn’t take individual trips. Especially at night you should only go in groups.


Due to the poorly developed infrastructure, there is no strong industrial development.

Most foreign currencies are earned from the export of oil, lime and salt.

Industries: aluminum production, oil production, fishing, food production, textiles

Natural resources: lead, petroleum, fish, gold, lime, coal, copper, salt

Land use:

  • Usable land: 3%
  • Grain cultivation: 0%
  • Pasture area: 30%
  • Forests: 4%
  • other: 63%
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