Travel to Namibia

Important Information To U.S. Citizens Traveling To Namibia

Country Specific Information: Country Specific Information sheets are issued by the State Department for every country with general information for U.S. citizens travelling to or living in foreign countries. These sheets contain information on health conditions, crime, entry requirements, areas of instability and the contact information for the U.S. embassy and/or consulate(s) in the specific country.

Passports: U.S. passports, in order to be considered valid for travel to Namibia, must have at least six months of validity remaining beyond the traveler’s planned date of exit from Namibia.  Travelers with insufficient passport validity are strongly advised to obtain new passports prior to travel.  The U.S. Embassy cannot provide new passports on an emergency basis if U.S. citizen travelers are denied admission at the port of entry for this reason.

Visas: A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders who plan to visit Namibia for tourism or informal business meetings for fewer than 90 days per calendar year.  Travelers coming for study or work in any capacity – even if the work is unpaid or voluntary – must obtain appropriate study/work permits prior to entering Namibia.  Namibian officials will not issue such permits at the port of entry.

Blank Visa Pages: All travelers to or from Namibia via other countries in the region are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of six or more unstamped visa pages in their passports prior to commencing travel (this does NOT include the annotation/endorsement pages at the back of the passport).  Travelers merely transiting other countries (those not stopping over in the country or exiting the international terminal in regional airports) on their way to/from Namibia, may not require visa stamps in those countries and therefore may require fewer blank pages for travel.  Namibian or other regional immigration officials may require as many as two separate blank visa pages for each port arrival or border crossing; travelers with insufficient blank pages risk being denied entry.

Yellow Fever Inoculations:  Namibia requires all travelers coming from areas where yellow fever is prevalent to show their World Health Organization Immunization Record (Yellow Card).  Even though the United States is not a yellow fever country, recently travelers from the United States have been stopped and asked to produce their yellow cards when entering Namibia.  Therefore all travelers are advised to receive yellow fever inoculations before traveling to Namibia and to be sure to carry proof of their inoculation when entering Namibia.