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Last Updated October 20, 2021 

  • The Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed 128,167 cases of COVID-19 in Namibia.  Of these 123,580 have recovered and 3,527 have died.
  • The Government of Namibia has implemented the following restrictions in response to the pandemic: closure of most land borders for tourism purposes (Only Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei, and Noordoewer border posts and Walvis Bay Harbour can be used for tourist entries by land and sea). 
  • The number of attendees at public gatherings allowed have been adjusted to 200 people.  Organizers must ensure that hand sanitizer is available, face masks are used, and social distancing is practiced. Contact sport is allowed, with up to 200 spectators.
  • Grocery stores remain well-stocked.
  • Sale of alcohol is restricted from 09:00 am to 22:00 pm from Monday to Friday. And from 09:00 am to 13:00 pm on Saturdays.
  • No sale of alcohol is allowed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Liquor may only be sold to and purchased on Sundays and public holidays by guests booked in or staying at establishments such as hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast facilities and casinos.
  • It is not mandatory for children ages 0 to 5 years to wear masks at school.
  • Salons, beauty parlours, hairdressers, pools, spas, gyms, studios, and fitness canters shall practice public health measures. Both the service providers and clients must wear masks, sanitize, and maintain social distancing.
  • Vulnerable persons are advised to stay at home, except for attending to essential needs.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Testing 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Namibia Yes 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes 
  • U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Namibia from the private laboratory PathCare, which has multiple locations throughout the country. Testing is paid for by the citizen and costs N$ 850.00. 
  • COVID-19 test results from PathCare are emailed and sent via SMS to the individual who was tested.
  • PathCaretests individuals for the purpose of travel by appointment only.  Please visit their website at https://www.pathcarenamibia.com/ to make an appointment. 
  • Feed Masters(Namib Laboratories) is now offering a drive through COVID-19 testing facility at the Wanderers Sport Grounds in Pionierspark in Windhoek.  There is no need to make an appointment for this service.  For more information, contact:  Tel.:  061 290 1379; Email: namlab@feedmaster.com.na 
  • Fees at the drive though testing site are:  COVID testing (results 24 hours) – N$ 790.00. Pensioners: N$ 700.00.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

  • Has the government of Namibia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes 
  • Are vaccines available in Namibia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Namibia? Covishield; Sinopharm, Pfizer.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes 
  • All non-Namibian travelers arriving in Namibia are required to present a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result from their country of departure that is not older than 7 days calculated from day of sample of test.  If the traveler meets this requirement, no quarantine or additional testing is required. 
  • Non-Namibian travelers arriving with a negative result that is older than 7 days will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 on the same day at their own cost and will only be released if the results of this test return negative. 
  • This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 5 years.  Information on the countries policy can be found here. 
  • Returning Namibian Citizens or U.S. Citizens with permanent residence in Namibia with a valid De-isolation Certificate from the Government of the country of departure will not be subjected to quarantine upon entry, despite status of test results. NonNamibians must present a negative PCR test result. U.S. Citizens with permanent residence in Namibia or with valid work permits may enter the country under the conditions described above OR will also be permitted to enter without a COVID-19 PCR test result or with a positive result.  However, in cases of arrival without a COVID-19 test result or with a positive result, s/he will be swabbed immediately upon arrival and placed in quarantine until the new test result comes out negative, after which time they will be released from quarantine. 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry?  Yes 
  • Please see testing/entry requirements listed above, as they differ for U.S. citizen visitors vs. U.S. citizens normally resident in Namibia. 
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes 
  • Visa extensions for U.S. citizens in Namibia are processed by the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.  This service is offered at Counter #3 at the Home Affairs office in Windhoek. 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • A nationwide curfew is in place between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am daily.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No 
  • Arriving international tourists do not have to quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that is not older than 7 days.  Returning Namibian Citizens or U.S. Citizens with permanent residence in Namibia with a valid De-isolation Certificate from the Government of the country of departure will not be subjected to quarantine upon entry, despite status of test results. Non-Namibians must present a negative PCR test result. However, non-Namibian travelers arriving with a negative result that is older than 7 days will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 on the same day at their own cost.  If the results of this test come back negative, they will be released from quarantine.  If positive, they will be isolated at their own cost, according to Namibia’s isolation protocols. 

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Ethiopian Airlines and Eurowings offer international flights to and from Namibia. Air Link and West Air Aviation have commenced regional flights between Namibia and South Africa.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Passengers must use masks in all public transportation, including taxis.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Any person presenting fake SARS COV-2 PCR test results will be prosecuted. Any non-Namibian who presents fake or forged SARS COV-2 PCR test results to an official at any Port of Entry, will be denied entry into Namibia and will be deported ant own cost.
  • Non-compliance with Namibian Government regulations on COVID-19 will result in fines of $100,000.00 Namibian dollars or 10 years imprisonment.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services are currently being offered for emergencies only.  Please email ConsularWindhoek@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
  • Visa services are currently being offered for emergencies only.  If you believe you meet the criteria for an emergency appointment as outlined on our website, please email ConsularWindhoek@state.gov to request an appointment.

Local Resources:

  • If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19 or may have been exposed, please contact +264-0800-100-100 to seek direction from the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services.
  • Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services Facebook page.
  • Namibian Presidency Facebook page.
  • Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Facebook page.

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