"Getting a visa" Yemen Favorite Tip by TheLongTone
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Favorite thing: Although I have wanted to visit Yemen for a long time, I had decided to visit India this trip. I'd visited Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt in short order and part of me wanted a break from Arabic culture. So I schlepped off to the Indian High Comission in the Aldwych. Blow me down, it was the Buddha's birthday and the place was all shut up. Panic. It was wednesday and I wanted to book a flight by the weekend. Well, Yemen it had to be. I took myself off to the Yemeni embassy in Cromwell Road.
Fondest memory: You can in theory get a visa on arrival at Sana'a airport. But apparently there have been incidents of independant travellers being refused a visa: I didn't want to take the chance. And the Yemeni embassy says that one of the visa requirements is a letter from the tour company organising your trip: the other is a return air ticket.
I had neither, but this didn't worry the man behind the desk.
'When do you want to go?'
'As soon as possible'
'Yemenia flies to Sana'a from London on Wednesdays and Fridays. How are you paying?'
He produced a book of paying-in slips from a drawer and filled one in for me. I had to go to the bank and pay my £25 into their account. And return on Friday between 12 and 2 to pick up the visa.
The only other visa applicant was an orthdox jew, conducting his business in Arabic. Welcome to Yemen.
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