Yemen Import Restrictions

In order to enter Yemen, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Yemen government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Yemen, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Yemen.

Import Regulations in Yemen

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Yemen authorities before posting:

  • Animal products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Communications equipment
  • Drugs
  • Foodstuffs
  • Plants and plant products
  • Parasites and insect killers
  • Medical samples
  • Military equipment
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plants
  • Ship parts
  • Television receivers
  • War material

Yemen accepts bees, leeches and silkworms only if:

  • the sender and addressee are officially recognised institutions
  • the containers can remain closed while their contents are checked.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation requirements

Each parcel or each group of parcels dispatched simultaneously by a single sender to the same addressee requires a commercial invoice.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Yemen prohibits all items offensive to a Muslim culture or sensitive to the Middle East situation. Yemen also prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Animals or vegetable fats and oils
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antiques
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Electrical machinery and equipment
  • Firearms and paraphernalia imitation
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery, costume
  • Literature, contrary to the Islamic faith
  • Islamic faith
  • Lottery tickets
  • Military uniforms
  • Organic and inorganic chemicals
  • Playing cards
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Printed articles, books and brochures- offensive by nature
  • Pork products
  • Pornography
  • Quinine, rose coloured
  • Religious publications/figures
  • Sound recordings
  • Weapons, and parts thereof
  • Works of art.