You must have a Yemeni visa to visit Socotra. You do not have to visit any embassy or do any paperwork. We’ll only need a photo of your passport’s main page. The process usually takes a week or two, and the visa will be issued by the island authorities. Don’t you worry about it, we’ll take care of the whole procedure. The visa will be valid for 30 days and you must not have any stamps from Israel.
Once we get your visa, we’ll send you a copy by email. You will need to print it out, and hand it together with your printed ticket to the check-in clerk at Abu Dhabi’s Airport.


In 2021, a new governmental charter flight has launched from Abu Dhabi to Socotra following a non-stop direct flight. The commercial air route to Socotra is 100% reliable allowing tourism on the island every week! This charter flight is operated by Khalifa Foundation and connects Abu Dhabi with Socotra on Mondays. It is the only flight you can currently book to visit Socotra as a foreigner. The charter flight doesn’t offer online booking yet, but we manage to make the reservations through our local contacts. Rest assured; it is our responsibility to confirm your flight reservation to Socotra.

Abu Dhabi (AUH) 10:00 departure > Socotra (SCT) 11.30 arrival

Socotra (SCT) 13:00 departure > Abu Dhabi (AUH) 16:00 arrival

You will be returning back on the same plane that lands in Socotra but expect some delays. If you don’t plan to spend the night in Abu Dhabi, make sure you have sufficient time to connect the flight home.

Please note that due to bad weather, the flight may suddenly be cancelled or delayed.

Travel Restrictions

Travelling to Abu Dhabi

You will need to visit the government's webpage to know all the exact requirements to enter Abu Dhabi-UAE. The following are some useful sources to check before travelling to Abu Dhabi:

Alternatively, if you don't want to enter the emirate of Abu Dhabi, you can simply fly to Abu Dhabi’s airport and be on the way to your final destination Socotra. Please note the allowed time for transit in Abu Dhabi airport.

Travelling from Abu Dhabi to Socotra

In order to board your flight to Socotra you must present a negative PCR test result (maximum validity 72 hours) and present a proof of your vaccination if you’re already vaccinated.

Travelling from Socotra to Abu Dhabi

On Sunday (the day before leaving the island) we'll take you to Khalifa hospital in Hadibo for a rapid test. With a negative result you'll be allowed to board your flight back to Abu Dhabi.