Yemen will stop issuing visas on arrival to foreigners, a government official and state media said on Thursday.
The official said the change would affect primarily Western tourists, including from the United States, Canada and Europe, who had generally been able to get their visas at the airport.
Visitors would now have to get visas in advance.
"The granting of visas to foreigners will only happen via Yemeni embassies abroad, and after turning to the responsible security apparatus to investigate the identities of travellers to bar the infiltration of suspected terrorist elements," September 26 quoted a security source as saying.
Visitors from countries with bilateral agreements on entry would not be affected by the new rules, including those from Egypt, Syria, Sudan and Jordan, the official said, asking not to be named.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ocak 2010, 10:52