Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a clearance to enter Yemen’s Red Sea Ports ?

Clients requesting a clearance to Yemen’s Red Sea Ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa are required to submit a complete online clearance request via the UNVIM website www.vimye.org.

New clients must create an account by following the steps below:
  1. Navigate to www.vimye.org
  2. Click "Request for Clearance", and "New User".
  3. Fill in the registration form and click "Create Account".
  4. An email will be sent to the address entered in the registration form.
  5. Open the email and click on the link to activate the account.

To submit a clearance request:
  1. Navigate to www.vimye.org.
  2. Click "Request for Clearance" and login using your account email address and password.
  3. Click "Request for Clearance" to create a new request.
  4. Enter the requested information in all blue tabs.
  5. Attach all required and applicable documents to your request.
  6. Note that you should periodically save the draft application to help you complete it at a later time if necessary.
  7. When all attachments are uploaded, click "Next Step" to proceed to "Finish and Submit Request".
  8. Tick "Check to confirm" and click "Submit" to submit the clearance request to UNVIM for processing.
  9. Once the clearance request is submitted, a Tracking Number is generated. The status of the request can be tracked by clicking "Summary" or clicking on the Home page.

Which ports require an UNVIM clearance ?

UNVIM currently issues clearances for the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef

*Please note clearances for Ras Isa are currently not accepted by the Government of Yemen.

How long does it take to receive a clearance certificate ?

UNVIM will contact the requesting entity with a decision on the clearance request within 48 hours from the time of submission.
If the clearance request has irregularities (missing documents or additional clarifications are needed), it is returned to the requester with comments identifying the action required.
Once UNVIM receives the complete clearance request and processes it, UNVIM will share the clearance with the clearance requester.
As UNVIM processes clearance, UNVIM may call the vessels for a physical inspection. In this case, the clearance requester and vessel Master is immediately informed of the date and location of the physical inspection.

How do I receive the clearance certificate ?

Once the clearance is granted, the signed clearance is sent to the requester through the UNVIM database and/or by email.

Clearance requesters must acknowledge receipt of the UNVIM clearance by signing and stamping the relevant section of the certificate and returning a scanned copy to unvim@unops.org within six (06) hours of the receipt of the clearance certificate. Failing this, the clearance certificate will not be valid and the vessel will not be able to call the port of destination.

How long is the clearance certificate valid for ?

Once the vessel reaches the anchorage areas of Hodeidah and Saleef, the clearance certificate is valid for 20 days. If a vessel’s certificate expires before reaching berth, the certificate may be renewed providing an adequate justification is provided (commercial or port delays, mechanical problems, etc.).

What is the maximum draft for Hodeidah and Saleef ?

Saleef: 12.40 metres
Hodeidah: 9.75 metres

Can the vessel change its port of destination ?

A vessel can request a change of port of destination for various reasons by contacting UNVIM through email. In this case, UNVIM will initiate the process and generate a new certificate to indicate the new port of destination if adequate justification is provided.