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Namibia travel restrictions

Open for citizens: no Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

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

Flight Restrictions

published 03.07.2020
1. Flights to Namibia are suspended until 30 September 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
2. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine.

Quarantine

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: on arrival, all such persons must submit a COVID-19 PCR test and enter mandatory government-supervised quarantine at their own cost for a period of 14 days, or apply to be quarantined at the cost of the Government.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

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: on arrival, all such persons must submit a COVID-19 PCR test and enter mandatory government-supervised quarantine at their own cost for a period of 14 days, or apply to be quarantined at the cost of the Government.

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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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  • 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
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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
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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.

    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
  • Source [https://na.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/namibia]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Browse/Report?subContentTypes=Alerts%2CTravel%20Advisories]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
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