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Passports and Visas

Citizens from the following countries are exempted from visa requirements if they are entering Namibia as tourists and they meet the minimum requirements stipulated below:

Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (SAR), Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of South Africa, Russian Federation, Commonwealth of Independent States of the former USSR, Singapore, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Minimum Requirements for Tourists exempted from visa requirements to enter Namibia:

  • To be in possession of a valid passport which is valid for at least 6 months beyond intended departure date from Namibia.
  • To be in possession of valid return / onward air ticket or proof of other means of transportation enabling him to leave Namibia.
  • Entry into Namibia will be permitted for a maximum period of 90 days. (Extension possible on application to The Ministry of Home Affairs during stay in Namibia.)
  • Your passport must also have two empty pages available for stamps.

Citizens from all other countries must apply for a visa to enter Namibia and need to do so before they arrive. Enquiries for Visas should be made, well in advance of an intended visit, to The Ministry of Home Affairs, Private Bag 13200, Windhoek - phone +264 61 292 9111, fax +264 61 223817.

Responsible travel tips

Before your holiday:

  • Consider your transport options to minimise carbon emissions, e.g. travel by train and public  transport where possible, and minimise your number of flights and/or stopovers, as most carbon emissions are emitted during take off and landing.
  • Think of travelling 'carbon neutral'. For more information: www.climatecare.org.
  • Inform yourself about the country and its people. Familiarise yourself with the local climate, customs and cultures. Learn a few words of the local language. This makes it easier to understand the local cultures and to know what's considered polite and what's not. It will earn you respect and diminish the chances of inadvertently offending the locals.
  • Leave as much excess packaging at home, especially anything plastic. Waste disposal is difficult and expensive in developing countries.
  • As a thoughtful gesture, you could bring gifts, for local children or people, that are useful or educational. Sweets rot the teeth and dentists are few and unaffordable to most rural people. We suggest magazines, books, colouring pencils and paper.

During your holiday:

  • Be culturally sensitive: show respect and try to see things from the locals' point of view.
  • Adjust to the local concepts of time and socially acceptable behaviour.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Try to be conservative with resources such as water, food and energy.
  • Keep erosion to a minimum: stay on the existing trail.
  • Properly dispose of your rubbish, or take it with you (including toilet paper).
  • Namibia is a very dry country. Use water sparingly.
  • Do not approach animals too close when observing wildlife. This is the case when the animal is altering its behaviour due to your presence. Bring along a camera with zoom lens and/or binoculars.
  • Support local business and community initiatives by buying local items instead of imported goods.
  • Use public transport or walk where you can. You will be able to meet local people and reduce pollution.
  • Present your gifts to the head teacher or village leader with witnesses around, they will then distribute them evenly.
  • Do not buy souvenirs made from wild animal products, including skins, ivory or bone, or wooden products that are made of old-growth rainforest.

General motto: Leave nothing but your footprints. Take nothing but your memories and your photographs.

Safety

Namibia is a country with a low crime rate. Nonetheless it is important to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Avoid quiet and abandoned neighbourhoods, especially in the dark.
  • It’s advised to carry larger amounts of money and important papers in a body belt or travel wallet you can wear under your clothes.
  • Ask your tour guide, hotel personnel or someone you know if you have any doubts about a situation or proposed destination.
  • Don’t leave any personal or valuable belongings in the car.

Wildlife

Attacks by wild animals are rare. However, the following safety precautions need to be taken seriously:

  • Do not wander off on your own, approach animals on foot, or leave the vehicle, unless you are with a qualified guide.
  • Always observe animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities. Loud talking on game drives can frighten animals away.
  • Never attempt to attract an animal's attention. Erratic movements will frighten or disturb the wildlife.
  • Please respect your tour guide's judgment about proximity to lions, cheetahs and leopards. Don't insist that he take the vehicle closer so you can get a better photograph. A vehicle driven too close can hinder a hunt or cause animals to abandon a hard-earned meal.
  • Litter tossed on the ground can choke or poison animals and birds as well as being unsightly.
  • Refrain from smoking on game drives. The dry African bush ignites very easily, and a flash fire can kill animals.
  • Do not feed animals or birds (especially baboons and hyenas). This creates dependency and they will become a threat to travellers meaning the rangers will have to shoot them.
 
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