Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Windhoek, Namibia

Location:  Namibia (countrywide)

Event:  The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed 11 cases of COVID-19 in Namibia.

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.

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek would like to provide the following details for those individuals traveling on the repatriation flight out of Windhoek on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

The flight from Windhoek to Lusaka will be operated by Westair Aviation.  The cost of this flight is 9,820 Namibian dollars, plus a 3% credit card charge.  Payments must be made by completing the Credit Card Authorisation form and sending it to and

This flight will take passengers to Lusaka, Zambia, after which passengers will continue to the United States on Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Ethiopian Airlines is holding a block of seats for American citizens on a flight from Lusaka through Addis Ababa to Dulles, VA.  The cost of this flight is $3,249.73 USD per adult and $2,549.73 per child.  If individual passengers would like to work with Ethiopian Airlines to select another destination, they have flights available from Addis Ababa to Newark, New York, and Chicago.

Payments for flights on Ethiopian Airlines should be made by credit card by contacting Natasha Kombe at Ethiopian Airlines.  She can be reached at or at +260-97-251-2238.

Only those individuals who have filled out a Repatriation Form and are on the list of passengers that the U.S. Embassy submitted to Westair and Ethiopian Airlines will be permitted to purchase tickets.  If you have not filled out a form and want to purchase seats for this flight, please do so immediately and we will let you know if there are still available seats.

Seats on repatriation flights are offered first to official U.S. government personnel and their dependents, U.S. citizens at higher risk from COVID-19, U.S. citizen minors and their family members, and adult U.S. citizens in need of medical assistance who do not fall into a higher priority group, in that order.  After these priority boarding groups are accommodated, seats will be offered to U.S. citizens, dependents of U.S. citizens, and other eligible persons, in that order.

If you intend to take this repatriation flight and have not notified us that you are located outside of Khomas region, please do so immediately by responding to this email.  We must secure special permission for you to enter Khomas region if you plan to take this flight.

On the morning of the flight, please be at Hosea Kutako International Airport by 7:30 am, ready to start the check-in process.  The baggage allowance is 20 Kilos of checked luggage and 5 Kilos of hand luggage per passenger.

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