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Namibia travel restrictions

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Airlines Updates

Published on 10.11.2020
Air Namibia suspends South Africa route due to scheduled maintenance

Published on 02.11.2020
Air Namibia gets another stay from liquidation

22.10.2020 Air Namibia starting next week resumes regular International service, initially operating flights to South Africa. Planned operation from 28OCT20 as follows.

Windhoek – Cape Town 2 weekly ERJ135
Windhoek – Johannesburg 3 weekly ERJ135
Windhoek – Walvis Bay – Cape Town 2 weekly ERJ135

Separately, the airline starting tomorrow (22OCT20) will increase Windhoek Eros – Ondangwa service from 11 to 12 weekly. The airline resumed domestic service on 20SEP20, which also included service to Oranjemund, Luderitz, Rundu and Katima Mulilo.

Published on 21.10.2020
Air Namibia resumes South Africa service from late-Oct 2020

Published on 19.10.2020
Air Namibia to resume flights to South Africa

Published on 15.10.2020
Namibian private airline, FlyWestair to service Windhoek-Johannesburg route

Published on 14.10.2020
Air Namibia’s international ops remain grounded

Published on 12.08.2020
Air Namibia suspends all domestic flights until 30 August 2020

Published on 09.07.2020
Air Namibia allowed to fly again after court suspends licence cancellation

Published on 26.06.2020
Regional and international flights suspension extended to 31 August

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Namibia
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Namibia.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals or residents of Namibia,
    • Medical personnel,
    • Diplomatic or consular staff accredited in Namibia,
    • Passengers travelling for business, educational, health or tourism purposes in Namibia.
Flight Restrictions

published 23.09.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

A completed epidemiological questionnaire obtained at www.namibiatourism.com.na must be presented upon arrival.

Passengers must have a travel insurance to cover medical costs.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation or approved site- subject to PCR.

Any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival in Namibia. If the negative result is less than 72 hours old, there is no quarantine requirement. If the negative result is older than 72 hours but less than 7 days, then you will need to quarantine for 7 days – quarantine may be at home or in an approved tourist facility. Permanent residents do not need to provide a negative test on arrival but in that case will have to quarantine for 7 days.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival in Namibia. If the negative result is less than 72 hours old, there is no quarantine requirement. If the negative result is older than 72 hours but less than 7 days, then you will need to quarantine for 7 days – quarantine may be at home or in an approved tourist facility. Permanent residents do not need to provide a negative test on arrival but in that case will have to quarantine for 7 days.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due to P. falciparum exists from November through June in the following regions: Ohangwena,
Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa. Risk exists throughout the year along the Kunene
river in Kunene Region, the Zambezi river in Zambezi Region, and the Okavango river in Kavango regions
(West and East).
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Namibia International Restrictions:
    Hosea Kutako International airport is open and flights are operating to/from Germany, Ethiopia and South Africa, from where there are onward connections. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    *Entry to Namibia: Airports are open as well as seaports and some land borders. If intending to use a land border, you should check that it is open before travelling.
    *Testing before arrival: Any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival in Namibia. If the negative result is less than 72 hours old, there is no quarantine requirement. If the negative result is older than 72 hours but less than 7 days, then you will need to quarantine for 7 days – quarantine may be at home or in an approved tourist facility. Permanent residents do not need to provide a negative test on arrival but in that case will have to quarantine for 7 days. You should check with your airline for any regulations they might have for a negative test result in order to travel.
    *Further details can be found here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Namibia: The State of Emergency declared by the President on 17 March has now ended, but some measures remain in place with which you should comply:• wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces; • maintaining social distancing; • avoiding crowded public places; • public gatherings limited to 200 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings.

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    23.10.2020
  • Namibia International Restrictions:
    Whilst airports are now open, all land borders and sea ports remain closed. If you are travelling to Namibia for the purpose of business, health or education, you must inform your nearest Namibian High Commission or Embassy of your plans 14 days before your intended travel.
    Any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Namibia. Permanent residents do not need to provide a negative test on arrival, but you should check with your airline for any regulations they might have.
    On arrival in Namibia, you will be required to provide contact details and an itinerary for the duration of your stay. You must be available for a COVID-19 test to be taken on day 5 following your entry into Namibia. Results should be received on day 7, and provided that the result is negative, you may continue with your visit as planned.
    Quarantine requirements for permanent residents: permanent residents must enter quarantine on arrival in Namibia. This may be at home (but you must seek prior approval from the Government of Namibia) or in a government supervised facility. You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test 5 days after your arrival. If the result is positive you will be required to enter an isolation facility.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The State of Emergency declared by the President on 17 March has now ended, but some measures remain in place with which you should comply: wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces; maintaining social distancing; avoiding crowded public places; sale of alcohol for off-site consumption only is limited to midday to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to midday on Saturday, prohibited on Sunday; public gatherings limited to 50 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings.

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    06.10.2020
  • Namibia International Restrictions:
    Whilst airports are now open, all land borders and sea ports remain closed. With effect from 30 June, any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Namibia. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia for any purpose, other than tourism, must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy or High Commission of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure. If you’re entering Namibia other than for tourism, you must also enter quarantine in an approved facility at your own cost for a period of 7 days. A COVID-19 test will be taken at the end of that period, and provided that test is negative, you will be discharged.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The State of Emergency declared by the President on 17 March has now ended, but some measures remain in place with which you should comply: wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces; maintaining social distancing; avoiding crowded public places; sale of alcohol for off-site consumption only is limited to midday to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to midday on Saturday, prohibited on Sunday; public gatherings limited to 50 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings.

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    22.09.2020
  • Namibia Government extends overnight curfew because of increase in COVID-19 cases; Hosea Kutako International Airport will still reopen to international flights starting 1 September (Reuters, 28.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Hosea Kutako International airport re-opened on 1 September. Ethiopian Airlines have announced that they will resume commercial flights into and out of Namibia from 11 September. Eurowings have announced that they will resume commercial flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt from 19 September.
    All land borders and sea ports remain closed. From 1 September, international tourists may enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International airport only. With effect from 30 June, any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Namibia. On arrival in Namibia, tourists must proceed directly from the airport to an establishment or accommodation that has been registered with the Namibia Tourism Board and has been certified by the Ministry of Health for this purpose. Tourists may not stop anywhere en route to that establishment, and must remain there for the first 7 days of the visit. A COVID-19 test will be conducted a few days after arrival, and continuation of the itinerary in the country will only be permitted on receipt of a negative result. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia for any purpose, other than tourism, must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy or High Commission of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure. If you’re entering Namibia you must enter quarantine in an approved facility at your own cost for a period of 7 days. A COVID-19 test will be taken at the end of that period, and provided that test is negative, you will be discharged.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. Stage 3 restrictions under the COVID-19 State of Emergency currently apply across the whole of Namibia until midnight on 17 September.
    Stage 3 measures include: curfew in place from 10:00pm to 5:00am daily; wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowded public places, avoiding unnecessary travel to and from different parts of the country, sale of alcohol limited to midday – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am – midday on Saturday, prohibited on Sunday, public gatherings limited to 10 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings, restaurants are open to pre-booked customers only; in the restricted areas they may operate on a take-away basis only, nightclubs, gambling houses and casinos are not permitted to operate; all points of entry and international borders remain closed. Additional restrictions apply to the local authority area of the City of Windhoek (including Okahandja and Rehoboth). Travel into and out of this area to the rest of the country is limited to emergency situations only, and any person leaving a restricted area will be subject to quarantine upon arrival at their destination.
    Further information about these and additional measures can be found on the the Namibian Presidency’s Facebook page and Twitter page, as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services Facebook page.

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    11.09.2020
  • Namibia Government extends overnight curfew because of increase in COVID-19 cases; Hosea Kutako International Airport will still reopen to international flights starting 1 September (Reuters, 28.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Hosea Kutako International airport re-opened on 1 September. Ethiopian Airlines have announced that they will resume commercial flights into and out of Namibia from 11 September. Eurowings have announced that they will resume commercial flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt from 19 September.
    All land borders and sea ports remain closed. From 1 September, international tourists may enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International airport only. With effect from 30 June, any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Namibia. On arrival in Namibia, tourists must proceed directly from the airport to an establishment or accommodation that has been registered with the Namibia Tourism Board and has been certified by the Ministry of Health for this purpose. Tourists may not stop anywhere en route to that establishment, and must remain there for the first 7 days of the visit. A COVID-19 test will be conducted a few days after arrival, and continuation of the itinerary in the country will only be permitted on receipt of a negative result. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia for any purpose, other than tourism, must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy or High Commission of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure. If you’re entering Namibia you must enter quarantine in an approved facility at your own cost for a period of 7 days. A COVID-19 test will be taken at the end of that period, and provided that test is negative, you will be discharged.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. On August 12, 2020, the Namibian Government announced that the entire country will revert from Stage 4 to Stage 3 of Namibia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from midnight on August 12 until at least midnight on August 28, 2020. A curfew is in place from 8:00pm-05:00am daily in the capital Windhoek and the Erongo region – during these times people must remain at home; checkpoints within the City of Windhoek and on the parameters of the restricted areas are being used to control movements. Restaurants and hotels outside worst-affected Windhoek and the Erongo region started selling meals and alcohol to be consumed on the premises as of 28 August.
    Stage 3 measures include: wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowded public places, avoiding unnecessary travel to and from different parts of the country, sale of alcohol limited to midday – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am – midday on Saturday, prohibited on Sunday, public gatherings limited to 10 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings, restaurants are open to pre-booked customers only; in the restricted areas they may operate on a take-away basis only, nightclubs, gambling houses and casinos are not permitted to operate
    all points of entry and international borders remain closed.
    Further information about these and additional measures can be found on the the Namibian Presidency’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/NamibianPresidency/] and Twitter page [https://twitter.com/NamPresidency], as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/MoHSSNamibia].

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    08.09.2020
  • Namibia Government extends overnight curfew because of increase in COVID-19 cases; Hosea Kutako International Airport will still reopen to international flights starting 1 September (Reuters, 28.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    All land borders and sea ports remain closed. From 1 September, international tourists may enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International airport only. With effect from 30 June, any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Namibia. On arrival in Namibia, tourists must proceed directly from the airport to an establishment or accommodation that has been registered with the Namibia Tourism Board and has been certified by the Ministry of Health for this purpose. Tourists may not stop anywhere en route to that establishment, and must remain there for the first 7 days of the visit. A COVID-19 test will be conducted a few days after arrival, and continuation of the itinerary in the country will only be permitted on receipt of a negative result. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia for any purpose, other than tourism, must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy or High Commission of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure. If you’re entering Namibia you must enter quarantine in an approved facility at your own cost for a period of 7 days. A COVID-19 test will be taken at the end of that period, and provided that test is negative, you will be discharged.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. On August 12, 2020, the Namibian Government announced that the entire country will revert from Stage 4 to Stage 3 of Namibia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from midnight on August 12 until at least midnight on August 28, 2020. A curfew is in place from 8:00pm-05:00am daily in the capital Windhoek and the Erongo region – during these times people must remain at home; checkpoints within the City of Windhoek and on the parameters of the restricted areas are being used to control movements. Restaurants and hotels outside worst-affected Windhoek and the Erongo region started selling meals and alcohol to be consumed on the premises as of 28 August.
    Stage 3 measures include: wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowded public places, avoiding unnecessary travel to and from different parts of the country, sale of alcohol limited to midday – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am – midday on Saturday, prohibited on Sunday, public gatherings limited to 10 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings, restaurants are open to pre-booked customers only; in the restricted areas they may operate on a take-away basis only, nightclubs, gambling houses and casinos are not permitted to operate
    all points of entry and international borders remain closed.
    Further information about these and additional measures can be found on the the Namibian Presidency’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/NamibianPresidency/] and Twitter page [https://twitter.com/NamPresidency], as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/MoHSSNamibia].

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    01.09.2020
  • Namibia Government extends overnight curfew because of increase in COVID-19 cases; Hosea Kutako International Airport will still reopen to international flights starting 1 September (Reuters, 28.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights to and from Namibia, with very limited flights. All ports and land borders have been closed. Entry to Namibia is prohibited except for Namibian nationals and foreign nationals resident in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must enter mandatory government-supervised quarantine at their own cost for a period of 14 days. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. On August 12, 2020, the Namibian Government announced that the entire country will revert from Stage 4 to Stage 3 of Namibia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from midnight on August 12 until at least midnight on August 28, 2020. A curfew is in place from 8:00pm-05:00am daily in the capital Windhoek and the Erongo region – during these times people must remain at home; checkpoints within the City of Windhoek and on the parameters of the restricted areas are being used to control movements. Restaurants and hotels outside worst-affected Windhoek and the Erongo region started selling meals and alcohol to be consumed on the premises as of 28 August.
    Stage 3 measures include: wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowded public places, avoiding unnecessary travel to and from different parts of the country, sale of alcohol limited to midday – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am – midday on Saturday, prohibited on Sunday, public gatherings limited to 10 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings, restaurants are open to pre-booked customers only; in the restricted areas they may operate on a take-away basis only, nightclubs, gambling houses and casinos are not permitted to operate
    all points of entry and international borders remain closed.
    Further information about these and additional measures can be found on the the Namibian Presidency’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/NamibianPresidency/] and Twitter page [https://twitter.com/NamPresidency], as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/MoHSSNamibia].

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Schools, vocational education training providers and universities will be allowed to hold onsite classes from 7 September.

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    28.08.2020
  • Namibia *****

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights to and from Namibia, with very limited flights. All ports and land borders have been closed. Entry to Namibia is prohibited except for Namibian nationals and foreign nationals resident in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must enter mandatory government-supervised quarantine at their own cost for a period of 14 days. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. On August 12, 2020, the Namibian Government announced that the entire country will revert from Stage 4 to Stage 3 of Namibia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from midnight on August 12 until at least midnight on August 28, 2020. Additional restrictions apply to the local authority areas of the City of Windhoek (incuding Okahandja and Rehoboth local authority areas), Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis. Travel into and out of these areas to the rest of the country is limited to emergency situations only, and any person leaving a restricted area will be subject to quarantine upon arrival at their destination. A curfew is in place from 8:00pm-05:00am daily in these local authority areas – during these times people must remain at home; checkpoints within the City of Windhoek and on the parameters of the restricted areas are being used to control movements.
    Stage 3 measures include: wearing of a face mask at all times in public spaces, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowded public places, avoiding unnecessary travel to and from different parts of the country, sale of alcohol limited to midday – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am – midday on Saturday, prohibited on Sunday, public gatherings limited to 10 persons, including at weddings, funerals and religious gatherings, restaurants are open to pre-booked customers only; in the restricted areas they may operate on a take-away basis only, nightclubs, gambling houses and casinos are not permitted to operate
    all points of entry and international borders remain closed.
    Further information about these and additional measures can be found on the the Namibian Presidency’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/NamibianPresidency/] and Twitter page [https://twitter.com/NamPresidency], as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/MoHSSNamibia].

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    13.08.2020
  • Namibia *****

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights to and from Namibia, with very limited flights. All ports and land borders have been closed. Entry to Namibia is prohibited except for Namibian nationals and foreign nationals resident in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must enter mandatory government-supervised quarantine at their own cost for a period of 14 days. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. You should comply with the measures in place. On August 12, 2020, the Namibian Government announced that the entire country will revert from Stage 4 to Stage 3 of Namibia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from midnight on August 12 until at least midnight on August 28, 2020. The Namibian Government also announced that the measures currently applicable to the Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas will be expanded to include the City of Windhoek Local Authority Area, including Okahandja and Rehoboth Local Authority Areas. Travel within these Local Authority Areas is permitted, though travel into and out of these Local Authority Areas to the rest of the country is restricted to emergency situations only. The Government also announced a curfew for these restricted areas between 20:00 and 05:00 daily. Only individuals with a permit identifying them as essential service providers are exempt from this curfew. Further information about these and additional measures can be found on the the Namibian Presidency’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/NamibianPresidency/] and Twitter page [https://twitter.com/NamPresidency], as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/MoHSSNamibia].

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    12.08.2020
  • Namibia *****

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights to and from Namibia, with very limited flights. All ports and land borders have been closed. Entry to Namibia is prohibited except for Namibian nationals and foreign nationals resident in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must enter mandatory government-supervised quarantine at their own cost for a period of 14 days. All individuals intending to travel to Namibia must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. You should comply with the measures in place. Except for the Erongo region, the whole of Namibia adopted stage 4 restrictions from midnight on 29 June. These restrictions are expected to last until 17 September. Stage 4 measures include: continued physical distancing of at least 1 metre between persons; a requirement for facemasks to be worn when using both private and public transport, shopping, participating in outdoor group exercise, using public spaces, and at the workplace; increased hygiene interventions, including installation of sanitiser equipment within public and work places; a requirement for businesses to keep a register of customers, recording time of patronage, full name and contact details, to assist with possible contact tracing; sporting events to include the resumption of contact sports, adhering to public gathering limit of 250 persons; reopening of nightclubs, and of casinos to pre-booked clients, with consumption of alcohol on the premises only, wearing of facemask inside the premises, and limits on the number of persons allowed to enter at any one time; borders remaining closed and international flights suspended. For the Erongo region, stage 3 measures are expected to last until 3 August. Measures are as follows: all members of the public are required to wear face masks in public spaces and to observe public distancing; restaurants are open to pre-booked customers; bars and liquor outlets may sell alcohol for home consumption only; cinemas, libraries, gyms and sporting events will be subject to limits on customer numbers; contact sports, nightclubs and casinos remain closed; travel between towns in the Erongo region and the rest of the country will be permitted, with the exception of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis local authority areas; travel into and out of these areas is highly discouraged and will be restricted to emergency situations only; public gatherings in the Erongo region will be restricted to 50 persons, except for Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis where gatherings are restricted to 10 persons.

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    05.08.2020
  • Namibia *****

    International restrictions:

    All commercial flights in and out of the country have been suspended, with very limited flights. Entry to Namibia is prohibited except for Namibian nationals and foreign nationals resident in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival in Namibia. With effect from 30 June, all individuals entering Namibia must enter mandatory government-supervised quarantine at their own cost for a period of 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A State of Emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, which will last until 17 September. You should comply with the measures in place. Except for the Erongo region, the whole of Namibia adopted stage 4 restrictions from midnight on 29 June. These restrictions are expected to last until 17 September. Stage 4 measures include: continued physical distancing of at least 1 metre between persons; a requirement for facemasks to be worn when using both private and public transport, shopping, participating in outdoor group exercise, using public spaces, and at the workplace; increased hygiene interventions, including installation of sanitiser equipment within public and work places; a requirement for businesses to keep a register of customers, recording time of patronage, full name and contact details, to assist with possible contact tracing; sporting events to include the resumption of contact sports, adhering to public gathering limit of 250 persons; reopening of nightclubs, and of casinos to pre-booked clients, with consumption of alcohol on the premises only, wearing of facemask inside the premises, and limits on the number of persons allowed to enter at any one time; borders remaining closed and international flights suspended. For the Erongo region, stage 3 measures are expected to last until 3 August. Measures are as follows: all members of the public are required to wear face masks in public spaces and to observe public distancing; restaurants are open to pre-booked customers; bars and liquor outlets may sell alcohol for home consumption only; cinemas, libraries, gyms and sporting events will be subject to limits on customer numbers; contact sports, nightclubs and casinos remain closed; travel between towns in the Erongo region and the rest of the country will be permitted, with the exception of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis local authority areas; travel into and out of these areas is highly discouraged and will be restricted to emergency situations only; public gatherings in the Erongo region will be restricted to 50 persons, except for Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis where gatherings are restricted to 10 persons.

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    10.07.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Namibia has closed its borders and ports to foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country. All commercial flights in and out of the country have been suspended. Namibian nationals and permanent residents returning to Namibia from high-risk countries are required to enter supervised quarantine in a government facility for a period of 14 days. With effect from 30 June, the following measures will apply to all Namibians, Permanent Residence Permit holders, and certain categories of professionals with valid Work Permits who are able to travel to Namibia:

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    29.06.2020
  • Namibia

    International restrictions:

    There is an entry ban in place for citizens of all countries. All inbound and outbound travel is suspended until at least 30 June. Namibian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed in under special conditions, but will face a 14-day period of self-quarantine. Citizens and residents are also barred from leaving during this period. Land borders and ports are closed. Air Namibia has suspended all flights. However, domestic flights have resumed. Private charter flights can only land at Hosea Kutako International (WDH), which serves the capital Windhoek, and Walvis Bay International (WVB, Erongo region) airports.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency has been declared. Nationwide lockdown until 4 May. People have been asked to remain at home during this period, with the exception of critical work, to obtain essential goods and services, and to take exercise. All shops and businesses must close, except those providing essential services such as food outlets. Restaurants and cafes can only provide take-away services. Only one person per household is allowed to leave their home to buy essential supplies at any one time. Entry to and exit from the regions of Khomas, home to the capital Windhoek, and Erongo, where the port town of Walvis Bay is located, is prohibited. All large gatherings are banned. Schools are closed for the duration of the lockdown. From 5 May onwards, some businesses will be allowed to resume operations, and internal travel will be permitted as well. The change in restrictions will allow certain commercial outlets to resume operations again; this includes shopping malls, restaurants and beauty salons, among others. Certain informal trading and open markets in the capital Windhoek will also be allowed to operate. All such establishments can only open under strict hygiene and social distancing rules. Restaurants and cafes can only provide takeaway services. While stage two is expected to last until 1 June, the last two remaining stages are subject to strict monitoring and their implementation depends on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gatherings of over ten people remain prohibited and people are required to wear face masks in all public spaces.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    The country is moving from ‘stage 3’ to ‘stage 4’ of a five-level exit from lockdown plan, except for the Erongo region – where the harbour town of Walvis Bay is located and which is Namibia’s coronavirus hotspot. As of 30 June casinos and gambling houses will open for pre-booked clients with no walk-ins, while informal gambling houses will be allowed to open as long as they maintain a logbook.
    The relaxed regulations will also see the number of people allowed at public gatherings such as weddings, funerals and religious services increased to 250 from 50. Sporting activities will now be permitted, subject to adherence to the public gathering limit. The country could move to ‘stage 5’ in September, which will see borders reopen as well as the resumption of air travel. (Reuters, 22.06.2020)
    On June 22, 2020, the Namibian Government announced that the majority of Namibia will move forward to “Stage Four” of Namibia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020. Thirteen regions will be at Stage 4 for an extended 10-week period until at least September 17, 2020. The government further announced that the Erongo Region will migrate from Stage 1 to Stage 3 at midnight tonight, Monday, June 22, 2020, until at least midnight on Monday, July 6, 2020. Travel between towns in the Erongo Region and to the rest of the country will be permitted, with the exception of the Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas. Travel between these Local Authority Areas will be permitted, though travel into and out of these Local Authority Areas to the rest of the country will be restricted to emergency situations only.
    The Namibian Government has added an additional Stage – Stage 5 – to address the opening of ports of entry and the resumption of air travel. Stage 5 will commence no earlier than September 18, 2020. Until then, Namibia’s borders will remain closed to non-Namibians, with the exception of permanent residence permit holders and certain professionals with valid work permits.

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    23.06.2020
  • Namibia
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    International restrictions:

    There is an entry ban in place for citizens of all countries. All inbound and outbound travel is suspended until at least 30 June. Namibian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed in under special conditions, but will face a 14-day period of self-quarantine. Citizens and residents are also barred from leaving during this period. Land borders and ports are closed. Air Namibia has suspended all flights. However, domestic flights have resumed. Private charter flights can only land at Hosea Kutako International (WDH), which serves the capital Windhoek, and Walvis Bay International (WVB, Erongo region) airports.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency has been declared. Nationwide lockdown until 4 May. People have been asked to remain at home during this period, with the exception of critical work, to obtain essential goods and services, and to take exercise. All shops and businesses must close, except those providing essential services such as food outlets. Restaurants and cafes can only provide take-away services. Only one person per household is allowed to leave their home to buy essential supplies at any one time. Entry to and exit from the regions of Khomas, home to the capital Windhoek, and Erongo, where the port town of Walvis Bay is located, is prohibited. All large gatherings are banned. Schools are closed for the duration of the lockdown. From 5 May onwards, some businesses will be allowed to resume operations, and internal travel will be permitted as well. The change in restrictions will allow certain commercial outlets to resume operations again; this includes shopping malls, restaurants and beauty salons, among others. Certain informal trading and open markets in the capital Windhoek will also be allowed to operate. All such establishments can only open under strict hygiene and social distancing rules. Restaurants and cafes can only provide takeaway services. While stage two is expected to last until 1 June, the last two remaining stages are subject to strict monitoring and their implementation depends on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gatherings of over ten people remain prohibited and people are required to wear face masks in all public spaces.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    The country is moving from ‘stage 3’ to ‘stage 4’ of a five-level exit from lockdown plan, except for the Erongo region – where the harbour town of Walvis Bay is located and which is Namibia’s coronavirus hotspot. As of 30 June casinos and gambling houses will open for pre-booked clients with no walk-ins, while informal gambling houses will be allowed to open as long as they maintain a logbook.
    The relaxed regulations will also see the number of people allowed at public gatherings such as weddings, funerals and religious services increased to 250 from 50. Sporting activities will now be permitted, subject to adherence to the public gathering limit. The country could move to ‘stage 5’ in September, which will see borders reopen as well as the resumption of air travel. (Reuters, 22.06.2020)

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    22.06.2020
  • Namibia Walvis Bay airport temporarily closed after two residents tested positive for COVID-19; flights canceled until 8 June (Reuters, 01.06.2020)

    International restrictions:

    There is an entry ban in place for citizens of all countries. All inbound and outbound travel is suspended until at least 30 June. Namibian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed in under special conditions, but will face a 14-day period of self-quarantine. Citizens and residents are also barred from leaving during this period. Land borders and ports are closed. Air Namibia has suspended all flights. However, domestic flights have resumed. Private charter flights can only land at Hosea Kutako International (WDH), which serves the capital Windhoek, and Walvis Bay International (WVB, Erongo region) airports.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency has been declared. Nationwide lockdown until 4 May. People have been asked to remain at home during this period, with the exception of critical work, to obtain essential goods and services, and to take exercise. All shops and businesses must close, except those providing essential services such as food outlets. Restaurants and cafes can only provide take-away services. Only one person per household is allowed to leave their home to buy essential supplies at any one time. Entry to and exit from the regions of Khomas, home to the capital Windhoek, and Erongo, where the port town of Walvis Bay is located, is prohibited. All large gatherings are banned. Schools are closed for the duration of the lockdown. From 5 May onwards, some businesses will be allowed to resume operations, and internal travel will be permitted as well. The change in restrictions will allow certain commercial outlets to resume operations again; this includes shopping malls, restaurants and beauty salons, among others. Certain informal trading and open markets in the capital Windhoek will also be allowed to operate. All such establishments can only open under strict hygiene and social distancing rules. Restaurants and cafes can only provide takeaway services. While stage two is expected to last until 1 June, the last two remaining stages are subject to strict monitoring and their implementation depends on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gatherings of over ten people remain prohibited and people are required to wear face masks in all public spaces.

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    16.06.2020
  • Namibia Namibia:

    International restrictions:

    There is an entry ban in place for citizens of all countries. All inbound and outbound travel is suspended until at least 30 June. Namibian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed in under special conditions, but will face a 14-day period of self-quarantine. Citizens and residents are also barred from leaving during this period. Land borders and ports are closed. Air Namibia has suspended all flights. However, domestic flights have resumed. Private charter flights can only land at Hosea Kutako International (WDH), which serves the capital Windhoek, and Walvis Bay International (WVB, Erongo region) airports.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency has been declared. Nationwide lockdown until 4 May. People have been asked to remain at home during this period, with the exception of critical work, to obtain essential goods and services, and to take exercise. All shops and businesses must close, except those providing essential services such as food outlets. Restaurants and cafes can only provide take-away services. Only one person per household is allowed to leave their home to buy essential supplies at any one time. Entry to and exit from the regions of Khomas, home to the capital Windhoek, and Erongo, where the port town of Walvis Bay is located, is prohibited. All large gatherings are banned. Schools are closed for the duration of the lockdown. From 5 May onwards, some businesses will be allowed to resume operations, and internal travel will be permitted as well. The change in restrictions will allow certain commercial outlets to resume operations again; this includes shopping malls, restaurants and beauty salons, among others. Certain informal trading and open markets in the capital Windhoek will also be allowed to operate. All such establishments can only open under strict hygiene and social distancing rules. Restaurants and cafes can only provide takeaway services. While stage two is expected to last until 1 June, the last two remaining stages are subject to strict monitoring and their implementation depends on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gatherings of over ten people remain prohibited and people are required to wear face masks in all public spaces.

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    18.05.2020
  • Namibia Government will start to ease nationwide restrictions on movement from 5 May; borders will remain closed (Reuters, 30.04.2020).

    Land borders and ports are closed.
    Air Namibia has suspended all flights. However, domestic flights will resume on 6 May. Private charter flights can only land at Hosea Kutako International (WDH), which serves the capital Windhoek, and Walvis Bay International (WVB, Erongo region) airports.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency has been declared. Nationwide lockdown until 4 May. People have been asked to remain at home during this period, with the exception of critical work, to obtain essential goods and services, and to take exercise. All shops and businesses must close, except those providing essential services such as food outlets. Restaurants and cafes can only provide take-away services. Only one person per household is allowed to leave their home to buy essential supplies at any one time. Entry to and exit from the regions of Khomas, home to the capital Windhoek, and Erongo, where the port town of Walvis Bay is located, is prohibited. All large gatherings are banned. Schools are closed for the duration of the lockdown. From 5 May onwards, some businesses will be allowed to resume operations, and internal travel will be permitted as well. The change in restrictions will allow certain commercial outlets to resume operations again; this includes shopping malls, restaurants and beauty salons, among others. Certain informal trading and open markets in the capital Windhoek will also be allowed to operate. All such establishments can only open under strict hygiene and social distancing rules. Restaurants and cafes can only provide takeaway services. While stage two is expected to last until 1 June, the last two remaining stages are subject to strict monitoring and their implementation depends on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gatherings of over ten people remain prohibited and people are required to wear face masks in all public spaces.

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    10.05.2020
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    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Ministry of Health/
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