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TRAVEL to YEMEN - What you need to know

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Visas: British citizens require a visa to enter Yemen. Visas can be obtained from the Yemeni Embassy. British and EU visitors can also obtain tourist visas at the airport on arrival in Yemen.

Health: Medical facilities in Yemen, particularly way from the main towns, are poor. Visitors are advised to consult their GPs prior to travel. Polio is present in some Red Sea coastal towns, and malaria is also present in low-lying areas along the Red Sea. Vaccinations are recommended.

Flights: Yemenia operates two flights per week from London direct to Sana's International Airport, and direct to Aden. There are also international and domestic airports in: Ta'iz, Aden, Riyan, Sayun, Hodeida, Al Ghayda, and Socatra Island. Many European and Middle Eastern airlines now offer connecting flights to the Yemen.

Traditions: Yemen is a traditional Muslim country and local laws reflect this. Visitors should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of their actions to ensure that they do not cause offence, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and at sites of religios importance.

Security: Responsible and adventurous travellers can visit this unique destination with the right preparation and planning. The British Foreign Office offers advice to travellers at is website. (Use the search facility to find the latest Yemen advice). There is also information at the British Embassy Yemen page.

Source: This information was sourced from The Yemen Tourism Promotion Board UK & Ireland in November 2009. Travellers to Yemen should avail themselves of the most up-to-date information.

Zabid was the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century.