Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Windhoek, Namibia

Location:  Namibia (countrywide)

Event:  Repatriation Flight Departing Windhoek on April 15

The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed 16 cases of COVID-19 in Namibia.

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek is currently organizing a charter flight to depart Windhoek for the United States on Wednesday, April 15, and there will be limited seats available for U.S. citizens.  We expect this flight will be the last opportunity for the foreseeable future to repatriate U.S. citizens seeking to depart Namibia.

If you are not in the Khomas Region and are seeking to depart Namibia on Wednesday, you must notify us immediately if you have not already so that your name can be provided to the Namibian Government to secure permission for you to enter Khomas Region.

This charter flight will depart Windhoek on Wednesday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. from Hosea Kutako International Airport.  It will proceed directly to Dulles, VA, with only a technical stop for refuelling en route.  It will arrive in Dulles at 2:25 a.m. on April 16.  Passengers boarding this flight will be required to sign a promissory note in order to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the flight.  If you are interested in departing on this April 15 flight, please contact the Consular Section immediately by replying to this email.

If you have not done so already, please fill out the Repatriation Form immediately.

Seats will be 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, U.S. Legal Permanent Residents and other eligible persons, in that order.

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, 2020 a global Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice to avoid nonessential international travel.

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