Yemen Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio Yes
malaria 2
Eat Drink 3
yellow fever 1


Overall, medical care in Sanaa is sufficient for most issues. Outside the capital, however, significant restrictions are to be expected or a supply is not guaranteed at all. A rescue service does not exist. When traveling at high altitudes, you should plan an acclimatization period. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Travel health insurance with emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who plan to enter the country within 6 days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO and who are over one year old. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit travelers in Yemen. [2] Malaria risk all year round, but especially between September and the end of February below 2000 m in all parts of the country with the exception of Aden Sanaa. The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum is said to be resistant to chloroquine. Recommendation: mosquito repellent and emergency medication. [3] Careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured because of the risk of intestinal infections. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Dairy products made from unboiled milk should not be consumed. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Warnings are given against eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in ponds and rivers nationwide, so swimming and wading in inland waterways should be avoided. Well-maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Since the summer of 2012, there have been isolated cases of serious respiratory infections in countries on the Arabian peninsula caused by a new coronavirus (MERS-CoV, the abbreviation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus). Where exactly and how people in different countries can get infected is still unclear. The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that very close contact with sick people can also lead to transmission from person to person. Filariasis caused by insects occurs sporadically in the interior of the country. Travelers reduce the risk of transmission if they use an effective insect repellent. Dengue fever is found across the country, but particularly in south-east Hadhramout and Shabwa (south-east of the capital Sanaa). Consider protection against mainly diurnal mosquitoes. Hepatitis A occurs, hepatitis B is endemic. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended, and against hepatitis B for long-term stays and for children and young people. Leishmaniasis, which is transmitted by butterfly mosquitoes, occurs nationwide, especially in the Wadi Hadramaut region. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays.

Health certificate

For long-term stays, an English-language HIV test is required.



1 Yemen Riyal = 100 fils. Currency code: RI, Y.RI, YER (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 YER; Coins are in denominations of 20, 10 and 5 YER.

Credit cards

Most major credit cards are accepted in major hotels and tourist centers, paying in US$ offers a better exchange rate than in rial. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey. ATMs are located in Sana’a and in some other major cities in banks (e.g. Arab Bank) and tourist centers, these can be used with cards bearing the Maestro mark.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are not accepted in Yemen.

Bank opening hours

Sat-Wed 08.30-12.00, Thu 08.00-11.30. Exchange offices also open on Fridays.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Foreign currency can be imported unlimitedly, declaration obligation of amounts from an equivalent value of US$ 3,000. Export of foreign currencies unlimited, but may not exceed the amount declared upon entry.

Currency Exchange

US Dollars or Euros are recommended to change in country. Only small sums of money should be exchanged as it is difficult to change back the local currency. You should take enough cash with you, preferably US dollars.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
yer 1 EUR = 260.50
1 CHF = 310.19
1 USD = 250.03

Yemen Money