Reputable travel agencies for a tourist visa?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 6:40 PM Last Post By: gluhi
Oct 22, 2012 7:20 AM
Reputable travel agencies for a tourist visa?I just called the Yemeni embassy in Berlin today and they told me that I can't simply apply for a visa on my own. Somebody from within Yemen (friend or travel agency) has to apply at the ministry, and then that permission will be forwarded to my embassy for visa issuance.
It was interesting that the lady to whom I spoke mentioned that I should be careful about with which travel agency I deal, as there are a lot of scammers. That means they claim to offer visa support but just take your money and that's it (Western Union is the only way to send money).
Can anybody suggest a reputable Yemeni travel agency to help? Is it possible to only get visa support and not have to buy a full package? Also, I'm only going to spend 3 days in Yemen, so I won't be doing a full tour anyhow.
I read on this forum that some of these agencies can also arrange a visa on arrival at Sanaa airport, which would make like easier (I need a lot of visas for this trip).
By the way, I'm a Canadian living in Germany with no relatives in Yemen.
Thanks for any help!
Oct 22, 2012 4:35 PM
1Visas & Permits
, require visas to enter Yemen. An application for a visa must be sponsored by a Yemeni individual or company. Technically, the visa application is made by the sponsor who is responsible for the visitor while s/he is in Yemen. Foreigners who desire to visit Yemen for a short period need a visitor's permit to be procured by the applicant's sponsor.
Visit visas may be obtained from Yemeni Consulates abroad by producing a supporting letter from a Yemeni sponsor, or the Yemeni sponsor can obtain the visa in Yemen using a faxed copy of the visitor's passport. Visitors to Yemen can also procure a visa by filling an application at any office of Yemen Airways Corporation (KAC) in the world. This will take about 2 to 4 working days. The sponsor can then fax a copy of the visa to the visitor, enabling her/him to travel to Yemen.
The entry will be stamped in the passport on arrival, when the Yemeni sponsor presents the original at the airport. The actual visit visa consists of two sheets of paper; one is taken up on arrival; the other must be retained to be handed in when the visitor is leaving. Hotels can also arrange visit visas for businesspersons but they take about a week or more to do so. Persons in Yemen on a visit visa are not allowed to work.
An application form stating the reason for the visit should be completed and submitted to the Embassy along with two passport size photographs of the candidate. The application must also be accompanied by two letters - one from the sponsor (containing an invitation) and the other, a letter of introduction from the candidate's organization.
If a month's stay is insufficient and needs to be extended, then the Immigration Department must be contacted to request an extension (three months initial visa is under consideration). Alternatively, you can also travel to one of the neighboring GCC countries and re-enter Yemen on a new visitor's visa. If the date of exit expires you might be required to pay a fine (KD10 per day) as a penalty before the exit stamp is issued. This fine cannot be paid at the point of departure. It must be paid at the relevant Immigration Department.
Yemen has also agreed in principle to issue multiple entry visas to certain categories of people such as businesspersons, which allows the holder to enter the country any number of times within a specified 12-month period for up to one month stay per visit.
Entry permits must be obtained well in advance since resolving a problem at the airport upon arrival is usually not possible
Permits from the Tourist Police Through a travel agency that issued you a visa official paper explaining places to visit and then you will get the permit and you should make several of copies and give when you are in police checkpoint just give them one copy of the Permits and they allow you to pass
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Nov 12, 2012 6:40 PM
I traveled alone in Yemen in the beginning of October. The best and easiest way to obtain Yemeni visa is through travel agency I used ( http://www.eternal-yemen.com ) who also helped me with the travel plan around the country, driver, permissions and all the infos. All the visa process is dead simply and you get it in a few days (also meet other travellers in my hotel in Sanaa who used same agency for obtaining visa so this shouldn't be a problem). Yemen is awesome country and very very safe.
Edited by: gluhi
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