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Tips for your travel preparations:

 

 Clothing:

 

For trips to a conservative Islamic country such as , special clothing advice is necessary for females. Tight, low cut or cropped T-shirts are just as inappropriate as thin shoulder-strapped or sleeveless shirts, short skirts, hot pants, or leggings. These types of clothes should all be avoided Females should confine themselves to wide clothing with at least elbow length sleeves and ankle-length trouser legs. A headscarf will be essential in the case of visiting a mosque. The dress regulations for men are less strict. One should however, not wear short trousers – shorts are seen here as underwear.

 

Standards:

Socotra is an eco-tourism area and it is still new to the international tourist market, hence the hotel accommodation standard, though good, may not be up to the same international accommodation standards that you would expect in a more developed atmosphere. We believe that this only adds to the appeal of the island of Socotra.

 

Getting to Socotra Island:

Felix airways offers 5 flights per week:  Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed & Fri. Sana’a - Mukalla  - Socotra Island. Flight duration is almost 3 hours.

 

When to go:

Climate is an important consideration. And this depends on your interest. Nature enthusiasts should go from early October to late April. The monsoon occurs in July till mid August (during July in the south east and south west of the island, wind surfing activity can be arranged). Generally, wildlife and natural viewing is most rewarding from the end of January through May.

 

Visa and Money matters:  

In the past you could obtain a three months visa on your arrival at Sana’a airport (the capital of Yemen). But now the visitors should obtain the visa of Yemen from the yemeni embassy or consulate in their country. As soon as you have cleared through customs, change some money into Yemeni Riyal (YR.) at the airport, or when in Sana’a, at the any money exchanger (recommended) or you can exchange money at national bank on Socotra .There are about 220 Riyals to the USD and 313 to EURO. Take cash hard currency with you, USD is acceptable on the island with EURO as an alternative. MasterCard, Visa Card, Cheques are not acceptable.  

 

What to pack:

Comfortable, light, casual clothing.

Sleeping bag.

Some thing warm to wear at night in winter and in the high altitudes.

Comfortable walking shoes with good grip or sneakers.

Protective clothing and sun lotion for the tropical sun.

Rainwear clothing.

Personal toiletries and any personal medication such as, some headache tablets, some things for digestive upsets, disinfectant, etc.

Antiseptic wipes.

Film and spare batteries for your camera.

Torch/ flashlight with spare batteries.

Strap-on water bottle for day hike.

Money belt for valuables (you don’t have to take expensive or expensive-looking jewelry to Socotra).

 

Health requirements:

While Socotra is not a malaria region, there are some mosquitoes in some places, so a malaria prophylactic is recommended.  Cholera is not present on the island at all.  Drink only bottled mineral water; it’s readily available in Hadibo and Qalansia.  Consult your doctor and dentist or travel health clinic for advice and preventive measures.  The hospitals on the Island offer less than adequate service.  Pharmacies are presented around Hadibo.

 

Time Zone:

 GMT + 3 hours

 

Power supply:

220v AC; plugs are generally two-pin and multiple plugs. 

 

Languages:

Socotri is the local language, Arabic is the official and formal language; English is spoken by the people working in the tourism industry.

 

Religion:

All the people follow Islam.

 

Telephone:

Telephone lines are available to major town of Hadibo, country code: (+967), followed by a one digit number for an access provider (5). After the international and access codes, number should be six digits including three initial digits for the geographical area (660).

The cheapest way to make international phone calls is to use a telephone card and call from booth telephone line or mobile telephone. Telephone cards can be purchased at most shops in the main market. GSM system is not working on the island. Hitherto, only CDMA covers north and west of the island remain in Hadibo, Dixsam plateau, and Qalansia.

 

Internet:

Internet access is available in few internet shops in Hadibo. (It costs about $3 per hour).

 

Post office:

The post office is located at the at the center of the town Hadibo, in Socotra Telephone Central building. 

 

 

For visa application or entry requirements:

Yemen Embassies and Consulates worldwide:

 

Embassies:

 

 Algeria - Algiers

St. 10 Mohammed Drayinee
Haydarah
Algiers, Algeria
Tel:  + 213 
() 548950, 548599
Fax: + 213 () 548700

 

  Austria - Vienna

Wasagasse 6/10 A-1090 Vienna 
Phone: (+) 43 1 503 29 30 
Fax: (+) 43 1 505 31 59 
E-mail:yemenembassy.vienna@aon.at

 

  Bahrain - Manama

Villa 80, Road 7802
Kuwait St., Manama
P.O. Box 26193 
Tel:  (+973) 277702, 277072
Fax: (+973) 262358

 

  Belgium - Brussels

Ave F. Roosvelt, 114
B - 1050 Brussels 
Tel: +32 (2) 6465290
Fax: + 32 (2) 6469056

 

  Bulgaria - Sofia

Blvd Andrei Saharov, Res, 3
Mladost 1
1784 Sofia - Bulgaria
Tel: + 359 (2) 9745639, 9745546
Fax: + 359 (2) 9745628, 9743463

 

  Canada - Ottawa

54 Chamberlain Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Canda K1S 1V9
Phone: (613) 729-6627
Fax: (613) 729-8915
Embassy E-mail:info@yemenincanada.ca
Consular/Visa:consular@yemenincanada.ca
Web: 
http://www.yemenembassy.ca

 

  China - Beijing

 

No 5, Dong San Jei San
P.O.Box 10600 
Beijing, China
Tel:  86 (10) 65321558 / 65323346
Fax: 86 (10) 65324305

 

 

  Cuba - Havana

 

Calle 16 # 503, E/5 TA Y 7MA
Miramar, Playa Cuba, Havana 
Tel:  (37) 2043222 /1509 /1506
Fax: (37) 2041131

 

 

  Czech Republic - Prague

 

Za Hanspaulkou 2
Prague 6.162 00, CZ 
Tel:  + 420 (2) 33331598 / 33331568
Fax: + 420 (2) 33332204

 

 

  Egypt - Cairo

 

Amin Al-Rafei 28 St., 
Al-Masahah Square
Cairo, Egypt 
Tel:  + 20 2 7604806 /7614224 / 5 / 6 
Fax: + 20 2 7604815
E-mail: yemenemb@intouch.com

 

 

  Eritrea - Asmara

 

Arza St., Building 27
Asmara
Tel:  + 291 (1) 184892 / 181399
Fax: + 291 (1) 181183

 

 

  France - Paris

 

25, Rue Georges Bizet, 
75016
Paris, France
Tel:  + 33 (1) 53238787 / 53237786
Fax: + 33 (1) 47236941 

 

 

  Germany - Berlin

 

Budapester Str. 37
10787 Berlin
Tel.: 030-897305-0
Fax: 030-897305-62

Email: Info@Botschaft-Jemen.de
web: http://www.botschaft-jemen.de

 

 

  Great Britain

 

57 Cromwell Road 
GB-London SW7 2ED 
Tel:  + 44 (171) 5846607
Fax: + 44 (171) 4893350

 

 

  Hungary - Budapest

 

Hungary 1025 Budapest
Jozesefhegyi
UT 28-30 D/6
Tel:  + 36 (1) 2123991
Fax: + 36 (1) 2123883

 

 

  India – New Delhi

 

J-16-Hauz Khas Sri
Aurobindo Marg
New Delhi, India -110016
Tel:  + 91 (11) 26602481
Fax: + 91 (11) 26602483

 

 

  Indonesia - Jakarta

 

IL: Yusuf Adiwinata 29
Menteng Jakarta Pusat 
Indonesia
Tel:  + 62 (21) 3904074 / 3108029 / 3108035 
Fax: + 62 (21) 3904946 
E-mail: yemenemb@rad.net.id

 

 

  Iran - Tehran

 

Khayban Wali Asr Shahid Ejazi 
P.O.Box 87
Tehran, Iran 
Tel:  + 98 (21) 2416682 / 2414446 
Fax: + 98 (21) 2409534 / 2421022
E-mail: yem.emb.ir@neda.net

 

 

  Iraq - Baghdad

 

Mansour, Princesses St.
55/58/601
Baghdad, Iraq 
Tel:  5413514 / 5435146
Fax: 5414275

 

 

  Italy - Rome

 

Via Bosio Antonio, No 10 
Rome, Italy 
Tel:  44231679 / 44233695 
Fax: 44234763

 

 

  Japan - Tokyo

 

4-12-24 Nishi Azabu
Minato – KU 38 
Kowa Bld, 8th Fl # 807
Tokyo 106 
Tel: + 81 (3) 34997151/ 2 
Fax: + 81 (3) 34997837

 

 

  Jordan - Amman

 

Emir Hashem Bin Al-Hussein St.
P.O.Box 3085 
Amman  Jordan 11181
Tel:  5923772 / 5923771
Fax: 5923773

 

 

  Kenya - Nairobi

 

Ngong Road
Off Cabernet Rd
Nairobi, Kenya 
Tel:  574646 / 656 / 650
Fax: 574680

 

 

  Republic of Korea - Seoul

 

3rd Floor, Taedong Bldg, 32-28 Iiannam - Dong 
Seoul 140-210 
Tel:  + 82 (2) 7929883/4 
Fax: + 82 (2) 7929885

 

 

  Kuwait – Kuwait City

 

Al –Jabirya St. 101
Opposite to Salah Al-Deen School
P.O.Box 7182
Kuwait city, Kuwait 
Tel:  5349417 / 5349416 
Fax: 5349415

 

 

  Lebanon - Beirut

 

Bi'ar Hasan
Opposite Golf Club
P.O.Box 114/5007
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel:  852688 / 852692 / 852691 
Fax: 821610

 

 

  Libya - Tripoli

 

Gardens City
Abi Kaab St.
P.O.Box 4839
Tripoli, Libiya
Tel:  3615998 / 5997 / 5996 
Fax: 3165991

 

 

  Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur

 

Jalan Kedondong,
Off Jalan Ampan Hilir
55000
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel:  42511793 / 42522481
Fax: 42511794
E-mail: yemenkl@tm.net.my

 

 

  Mauritania – Nouakchott

 

TAFRGH ZEINH (ZRB) 441
P.O.Box 4689
Nouakchott, Mauritania 
Tel:  5255592 / 5255591
Fax: 5291734

 

  Morocco - Rabat

 

Abu-Haneefah, Akdal District
P.O.Box 6290 
Rabat, Marocco
Tel:  37674363 / 37674306 
Fax: 37674769
E-mail: yemen@menara.ma

 

 

  Netherlands – The Hague

 

Surinamestraat 9 
2585 G.G. Den Haag 
Tel:  + 31 (70) 3653936 / 7 
Fax: + 31 (70) 3563312 

 

 

  Oman - Muscat

 

Al-Qarm Shore, Road
18840
P.O.Box 105 
P.O.Box 115 
Sultan Qaboos City, Oman 
Tel:  + 968  604172, 600815 
Fax: + 968  605008

 

 

  Pakistan - Islamabad

 

House No. 220, Street 21.E/7
P.O.Box 1573 
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel:  2821146 / 2821147
Fax: 2795677

 

 

  Poland - Warsaw

 

Zwciezcow 18 
03-941 Warsaw, Poland 
Tel:  6176026 / 6176025 
Fax: 6176022

 

 

  Qatar - Doha

 

Al-Jazeerah St, No 24
Opposite Shirab Sales Complex
P.O.Box 3318 
Doha, Qatar 
Tel:  + 974  4325567 / 4432720 
Fax: + 974  4429400

 

 

  Romania - Bucharest

 

Bd. Aviatorilor No. 50 
Bucharest, Romania 
Tel:  2300746 / 2313272 
Fax: 2307679

 

 

  Russia - Moscow

 

St. Avterwini Abalimoveski Preulik
Bld No 6 
Tel:  24644427 / 2462799 
Fax: 2302305

 

 

  Saudi Arabia – Riyadh

 

Embassies Quarter
Omar bin Umayah Rd
P.O.Box 94356 
Riyadh, KSA
Tel:  4881731 / 4881769
Fax: 4881562 

 

 

  South Africa – Pretoria

 

1063 Pretorius St.
Hatfled, Pretoria 0083
P.O.Box 13343
Tel:  4309101 / 4309044
Fax: 4309100

 

 

  Spain – Madrid

 

P. de La Castellana, 114
Piso 3 – p – 1/e-1
28046 Madrid, Spain
Tel:  914119950 / 1 / 2
Fax: 4309100

 

  Sudan – Khartoum

 

Al-Emarat St. 11
Square 11, Bld 1 
P.O.Box 1010 
Khartoum, Sudan
Tel:  471625 / 471624
Fax: 471020
E-mail: ymnembsy@sudanmail.net

 

 

  Syria – Damascus

 

Mazah, eastern Villas, Bld 176
Boite Postale 4956 
Damascus, Syria 
Tel:  6119886 / 6133894 / 6133891 
Fax: 6133893

 

 

  Tanzania – Dar es Salaam

 

Plat No 353 United Nation Rd
UPANGA - DSM
Dar Al-Sallam, Tanzania 
P.O. Box 349 
Tel:  2110615 / 2117650 
Fax: 2115924

 

 

  Tunis - Tunis

 

9 Ali Bin Abi Taleb Road
P.O.Box 1004 - 47
Tunis, Tunisia 
Tel:  717677604 / 71234562
Fax: 71767144

 

 

  Turkey - Ankara

 

11 K Adim Sok. No 15/G.O.p., Küçükesat
TR - Ankara 
Tel:  + 90 (312) 4379920, 4379504 
Fax: + 90 (312) 4461778

 

 

  United Arab Emirates

 

P.O.Box 2095 
Abu Dhabi 
Tel:  + 971 (2) 448454, 448457/8 
Fax: + 971 (2) 447978

 

 

  United Kingdom – London

 

57 Cromwell Rd.
London SW7 2ED
Tel:  58466008 / 5846607
Fax: 0044207

 

 

  U.S.A. - Washington DC

 

2319 Wyoming Avenue, NW 
Washington DC 20008 
Telephone: (202) 965-4760 
Fax: (202) 337-2017
Email: information@yemenembassy.org

Web: http://www.yemenembassy.org

 

 

 

Consulates:

 

  Australia – Sydney

2b, 11 West Street, North Sydney 
2060 Sydney, Australia
Tel:  61-2-9982 3752
Fax: 61-2-9982 1053

 

  Belgium – Vlanders

Pr. J. Plateaustraat, 49 
9000 Gent Belgium
Tel:  09-2250174
Fax: 09-2256414

 

  Comoros - Moroni

P.O. Box 29
Tel:  732376
Fax: 731405

 

  Croatia – Zagreb

Biankinijev A6
Zagreb, Croatia
Tel:  4553114
Fax: 4553144

 

  Cyprus – Limassol

P.O.Box 124
Limassol, Cyprus
Tel: 05-326844
Fax: 05-369275

 

  Germany - Frankfurt

Frankfurt:
Tel: (49-69) 9592480
Fax: (41-69) 95924820

 

  Greece – Athens

9 - Patission St.
P.O.Box 10431
Athens, Greece
Tel:  5220622 / 5220621
Fax: 8239101

 

  India - Bumbai

102 – A Maker Towers
F10 Floor-Cuffe Parade
Mumbai 400 05
Tel:  22184683 / 3956 / 7570
Fax: 22187661

 

  Italy – Florence

Via Mafia 10
50125 Florence
Tel.  219588 / 2398747
Fax: 2398153

 

  Kazakhstan – Almaty

38 Dostyk Ave
Suit 709 A
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Tel:  919823
Fax: 9919823

 

  Saudi Arabia - Jeddah

Al-Nazlah Al-Sharqiyah
Mecca Road
Near Al-Mansour mosque
P.O.Box 2793
Tel:  6874291 / 3494 / 7977
Fax: 6894567

 

  Singapore – Singapore

36 Purvis St. 
02 – 07 Talib Centre
Singapore 188613
Tel:  3392776

Fax: 3392776

 

  Sri Lanka – Colombo

Thoreston Street
P.O.Box 269
22/2 Colombo
Tel:  576959
Fax. 576959

 

  Sweden - Stockholm

Utrikbsdepatementet 
103 39 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel. 46 – 8 – 143715
Fax: 46 – 8 – 202248

 

  Thailand - Bangkok

45/4 Sukhumvit
SO13 Bangkok Wattana
10116, Thailand
Tel: 6503301 / 4
Fax: 6503305

 

  Turkey – Istanbul

Haiaskargzicad No 107
1 KAT: 3 P.K. 80230
Harbiye, Istanbul
Tel: 2482046 / 2312705 / 2333117
Fax. 2406808

 

  UAE - Dubai

Khaled Bin Al-Walid St.
Complex of Consulates
P.O.Box 1947
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 3970213 / 3970131
Fax: 3972901

 

  USA - Detroit

Khaled Bin Al-Walid St.
Complex of Consulates
P.O.Box 1947
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 3970213 / 3970131
Fax: 3972901

 

  USA - San Francisco

1255 Past St.
San Fransisco, CA 94109, USA
Tel: 5673036
Fax: 5673371

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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