Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
Free import by adults only of:
Valuable items of commercial character intended for re-export should be declared.
Diplomats, embassy personnel and persons with a bank letter of guarantee may import shipments duty free.
The letter of guarantee must cover duties, or a cash payment as determined by Customs is required.
Letter of guarantee shipments are 100% reimbursable when the goods are re-exported.
Commercial shipments are subject to duty payments, sales tax, and service fees.
The application for a duties and taxes exemption may be obtained by an exemption clearing agent and it is issued by the Ministry of Finance.
The procedure is as follows:
1. Receive the shipment’s Original Bill of Lading, attached with Original Supporting Documents.
2. Complete the provided exemption forms.
There are two different sets of forms, depending on the type of import:
3. From the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the forms are sent to the ministry relevant to the type of goods and the project.
4. From the relevant ministry, the forms go to the Ministry of Finance. From here, it is the Minister who sends an exemption letter to the customs authority.
For a Health and Education projects the exemption clearance is processed through the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. The total process takes approximately 1-2 week
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Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).
Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.
To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.
The Yemeni authorities have announced entry restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. The majority of land, sea and airports are closed until further notice, with only very limited international flights taking place. Exemptions are in place for humanitarian relief and essential goods.
All travelers arriving into Yemen are required to enter quarantine facilities for 14 days.
You will need a visa to enter Yemen. You must get a visa from the Yemeni Embassy in London. If you’re staying for more than 14 days you’ll need to register your passport after arrival in country with the Yemen immigration authorities.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
Do not travel to Yemen due to COVID-19, terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, armed conflict, and landmines.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Yemen due to COVID-19.
The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a suspended its operations in February 2015, and the U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Yemen.
Terrorist groups continue to plot and conduct attacks in Yemen. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting public sites, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Additionally, there is a continuing threat of kidnapping/detention by terrorists, criminal elements, and/or non-government actors. Employees of western organizations may be targeted for attack or kidnapping.
Military conflict has caused significant destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities. This limits the availability of electricity, clean water, and medical care. This instability often hampers the ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critically needed food, medicine, and water. Critical levels of violence, to include armed conflict, artillery shelling, and air strikes, persist throughout the country. There are also reports of landmines throughout Yemen.
Cholera is present throughout Yemen. There is a limited availability of medicine and medical supplies, and adequate medical treatment is unavailable.
There is a very high risk of kidnapping, and detention of U.S. citizens in Yemen, particularly dual national Yemeni-Americans. Rebel groups in Sana’a have detained U.S. citizens, including dual Yemeni-American citizens. U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, have faced difficulty – including lengthy delays – when attempting to depart Yemen.
Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Yemen, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Yemen:
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.