Foreign exchange guide to Yemen and the Yemeni rial
What's in this Yemen currency guide?
The official currency of Yemen (country code: YE) is the Yemeni rial, with symbol ﷼ and currency code YER.
Here are some things you might want to know about the Yemeni rial:
Save money and time by Ordering your Yemeni rial online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the YER cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.
Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.
For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Yemeni rial otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.
Today, travellers do not have the privilege of visiting, as the country is in crisis, with civil war taking a desperate toll on most of the population. Needless to say, it is not safe to travel there. Yemen is a difficult country to get around, but the rewards for the persevering visitor are an unforgettable experience, populated with very friendly and open hosts. Despite being adjacent to Saudi Arabia and on the same peninsula as the United Arab Emirates, Yemen is definitely a place apart. However, the country is embroiled in civil war and the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate.
The impressive grand mosques that grace each Peninsula capital city are often open to non-Muslims. A mosque tour can be inspirational in terms of cultural insights.
Gay and Lesbian visitors are unlikely to encounter outright prejudice or harassment so long as they remain discreet. However, this may well change if you become involved with a local. Room sharing is generally not a problem (it will be assumed you're economising). The public consumption of alcohol is punishable under Islamic law in Yemen. Tap water should be avoided. To stay safe, it is recommended to stick to the bottled variety.
ATMs are rare in Yemen, if you want to find one you will want to look in the large cities as you there are almost none outside of them.
The domestic currency in Yemen is the Yemeni rial.
The three letter currency code for the Yemeni rial is YER — symbol is ﷼.
It is the domestic currency in   Yemen.
No, the Yemeni rial is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?
|$ 1||﷼ 250.35|
|$ 5||﷼ 1,252|
|$ 10||﷼ 2,504|
|$ 20||﷼ 5,007|
|$ 50||﷼ 12,518|
|$ 100||﷼ 25,035|
|$ 250||﷼ 62,588|
|$ 500||﷼ 125,175|
|$ 1,000||﷼ 250,350|
|$ 2,000||﷼ 500,700|
|$ 5,000||﷼ 1,251,750|
|$ 10,000||﷼ 2,503,500|
|$ 20,000||﷼ 5,007,000|
|$ 50,000||﷼ 12,517,500|
|$ 100,000||﷼ 25,035,000|
|$ 0.0040||﷼ 1|
|$ 0.0200||﷼ 5|
|$ 0.0399||﷼ 10|
|$ 0.0799||﷼ 20|
|$ 0.1997||﷼ 50|
|$ 0.3994||﷼ 100|
|$ 0.9985||﷼ 250|
|$ 1.9970||﷼ 500|
|$ 3.9940||﷼ 1,000|
|$ 7.9880||﷼ 2,000|
|$ 19.97||﷼ 5,000|
|$ 39.94||﷼ 10,000|
|$ 79.88||﷼ 20,000|
|$ 199.70||﷼ 50,000|
|$ 399.40||﷼ 100,000|
To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Yemen you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).
The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.
You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.
When sending money to Yemen it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :
Use the above calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Yemeni rial deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!