Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Windhoek, Namibia

Location:  Namibia (countrywide)

Event:  COVID-19 Weekly Update, Possible Early August Flight

The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed 1,402 cases of COVID-19 in Namibia.  Sixty-four of these cases have recovered, and there have been 7 fatalities.

The majority of Namibia remains at “Stage 4” of Namibia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic until at least September 17, 2020.  The Erongo Region remains at Stage 3 and travel between towns in the Erongo Region and to the rest of the country is permitted, with the exception of the Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas.  Travel between 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.  Additional information about these measures can be found on the Namibian Presidency’s Facebook page and Twitter page.

As a reminder, 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.  All Namibians and non-Namibians entering the country must submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival and mandatory, government-supervised quarantine at their own cost.  All non-Namibians must also present a negative COVID-19 test result valid for 72 hours before entering Namibia.

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek has been informed that a potential repatriation flight departing Namibia is currently in the planning stages for early August.  If you have not yet expressed your interest in a repatriation flight and would like information on any future flights, should they become available, please fill out one Repatriation Form per potential traveler and you will be contacted by the U.S. Embassy.

If you are a U.S. citizen remaining in Namibia, please verify that you have registered in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  As a reminder, the Consular Section is only offering limited routine services, and staff are working remotely to the greatest extent possible.  Should you have an inquiry for the Consular Section, please contact us at ConsularWindhoek@state.gov.  If you have an emergency involving a U.S. citizen, please contact the Embassy at +264-61-295-8500.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control issued on March 27, 2002 a global Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice to avoid nonessential international travel.

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