Are other parts of Yemen opening up to tourists?
Replies: 39 - Last Post: Jul 11, 2012 11:25 AM Last Post By: chan_kawing
Jul 4, 2012 6:39 AM
15I know that situation in Yemen much differs from Kurdistan. Still believe there is a chance to travel overland. Waiting for positive news..
Jul 4, 2012 11:53 AM
16Yeah- just book your ticket without a visa (like I did) and when you get to the airport just give the guy who stamps passports $10-$20 and he'll stamp your passport and give you entry. Yemen is VERY accommodating.
Jul 4, 2012 11:55 AM
Jul 4, 2012 12:00 PM
18And yet with those little incidents the crime rate is less than NYC. Should we be afraid to travel to NYC?? Yemen is VERY safe and regular people in the streets will defend you without even knowing you. It's those rogue American "tourist" that go to very remote areas trying to get a story that get into trouble. The chances of you being taken off the streets in broad daylight is EXTREMELY rare. Very simple if you think about it; the hotel you're staying at; make friends with the grocery stores and restaurants in proximity. Do as the Yemenis; everytime you pass by you send a greeting. You'll be the safest hands.
Jul 4, 2012 12:02 PM
19And I forgot to mention; you'll be treated as a rock star because they are very friendly and inquisitive with foreigners. If communication is established (you speak a little bit of Arabic or they speak a little bit of English) they won't leave you alone about asking where you're from, how's life there etc etc.
Jul 4, 2012 10:02 PM
Jul 5, 2012 1:17 AM
Jul 5, 2012 1:44 AM
Jul 5, 2012 4:58 AM
23last week Last week I got a permit from the Tourist Police. I had a resident in Sana'a and different nationalities.
Even today I got a permit to Haraz Mountains. Without any complexity .
Edited by: niceyemen
Jul 7, 2012 8:33 PM
24So if anyone answers my question here it'd be very much appreciated:
As everyone is saying that a travel permit is very limited, and any OVERLAND transport oustide of Sana'a will possibly be refused.
So say if I fly from Sana'a to Aden and fly back - (without getting out of Aden) in that case, will I need a travel permit from the police?
Jul 7, 2012 10:07 PM
25If you fly from city to city you_do not_ need a travel permit. So if you fly to Aden, and not leave the Aden city limits, you will not need a permit.
Jul 8, 2012 10:25 AM
26That's really helpful - cheers fluffy_bunny for the very prompt reply!
And one more question (sorry forgot to ask last time):
Do you think this will be possible too, by flying to Sayun, and do a quick hop to Shibam which is only about 20km away? Would I need a travel permit for such a short hop?
And I suppose that you have confirmed with the authorities that flying from city to city is absolutely fine with no permit, I will trust you on that ;)
Though I understand that regulations changes very rapidly in Yemen and therefore, what is allowed now might not be allowed even in the near future so I just need to keep a close eye on the things
Jul 8, 2012 10:35 AM
27Sorry - also do you know where can I get the latest travel permit update? Do I have to be in Yemen to do so?
Jul 8, 2012 11:49 AM
28It has long been the case that foreigners MUST have a police escort at all times in the Seiyun/Shibam/Tarim area. Even you if only leave the hotel to cross the street to buy a coke, you must have a police escort. Hotel reception will not let you leave until they call the police and someone is sent.
I have not asked as to whether or not foreigners are allowed in Hawdramaut yet. So i cannot give a straight answer.
As for knowing in advance what the permit situation is, there is absolutely no way to know. Travel agent's will tell you everything's fine and they get permits no problem, but of course they would say that. My experience, post-crisis, is we apply for a permit and they let us know no earlier than the day before travel. Such is the reality of travelling in Yemen at the moment.
Jul 8, 2012 1:01 PM
29'Such is the reality of travelling in Yemen at the moment.' Sad to hear that.
I have just heard from the travel agency that a travel permit is required for domestic flights (truth or not, I don't know) but it seems they are quite unwilling to take the risk, which I understand.
Sometimes I wonder if fluffy_bunny goes offline for forever, disappears, or died what would I do.
I will definitely stop using LP thorn tree, and probably be dead as well - as I will have to go to countries without genuine travel advice.
Though as I understand you get paid for US $0.01 (still a lot of money for over 4,000 posts) for every post you make so you just wouldn't die yet until they stop paying you ;)
Just joking! :D Cheers buddy, as always - for the great info!
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