Socotra, Yemen Practical Information
The unit of currency in Yemen is the Yemeni Riyal (YER). US Dollars in cash are the easiest convertible currency. Credit and debit cards generally have limited acceptance; American Express and Diners Club are the most widely accepted. There are very few ATM’s. Traveller’s Cheques can be exchanged at some banks and hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in Pounds Sterling.
Food & Drink
Food is based around the staples of rice, noodles, chicken, salad stuff, mutton, goat milk products and flat breads. Food maybe repetitive in places but always wholesome and tasty. Guests are recommended to carry snacks or seeds, dried fruit and cereal bars if they are concerned about their diet. On Socotra, as there are only 2 domestic flights a week and 95% of consumables are imported, meals will be limited to what is available on the day, but with great fish in places!.
Passports & Visas
Visas are required for EU & US citizens. You will need an invitation letter to obtain your visa, which we can provide for you.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity before start of travel and that your visa requirements are met. If you would like some advice on where to find up to date information for each country’s entry requirements and how to organise your visas, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Required vaccinations and health risks can vary greatly from country to country and region to region. It is strongly recommended that you arrange a visit to your GP, or ideally a specialist travel clinic, prior to your trip. We are unfortunately not qualified to advise you on specific medical requirements. Taking along a copy of your itinerary can be helpful for doctors to identify the areas you may visit.
Socotra, an island of incense, cinnabar and ancient Arabian seafaring legends, is extraordinary, with lots of bizarre trees and rare animals, where local nomadic tribes still live traditionally, amongst magnificent mountain scenery. This is a fully supported remote beach holiday with trekking, snorkelling and cultural adventures.