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Africa > Namibia: Covid-19 and Travel


Present Situation

Total cases: 126 811

Active cases: 1 261

Recovered: 122 081

Deaths: 3 469

Vaccination count: 232 051

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2021-09-20

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in public spaces

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Allowed
From June 01, 2021 Negative Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (AgRDT) results for incoming travelers will no longer be accepted at Points of Entry into Namibia. All non-Namibian travelers arriving in Namibia are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from their country of departure that is not older than 72 hours. If the traveler meets this requirement, no quarantine or additional testing is required.

Non-Namibian travelers arriving with a negative result that is older than 72 hours will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 on the same day at their own cost and will only be released if the results of this test return negative.

This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 5 years. Information on this policy can be found here.

Returning Namibian Citizens with a valid De-isolation Certificate from the Government of the country of departure will not be subjected to quarantine upon entry, despite status of test results. Non–Namibians must present a negative PCR test result. Foriegners with permanent residence in Namibia or with valid work permits may enter the country under the conditions described above OR will also be permitted to enter without a COVID-19 PCR test result or with a positive result. However, in cases of arrival without a COVID-19 test result or with a positive result, s/he will be swabbed immediately upon arrival and placed in quarantine until the new test result comes out negative, after which time they will be released from quarantine.

From June 01, 2021, all travelers coming from or transiting through hotspot regions such as India, are required to repeat the SARS COV-2 PCR test, 72 hours after arrival in Namibia.

Tests: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.

Quarantine: Depends
Quarantine required for some travelers.

Information updated on 2021-09-15.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Partial
The Government of Namibia has implemented the following restrictions in response to the pandemic: closure of most land borders for tourism purposes (Only Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei, and Noordoewer border posts and Walvis Bay Harbor can be used for tourist entries by land and sea).

The number of attendees at public gatherings indoor and outdoor has been increased to 50 people.  Organizers must ensure that hand sanitizer is available, face masks are used, and social distancing is practiced. Contact sport is prohibited, and no spectators will be permitted at any live sport event.

Grocery stores remain well-stocked.

A nationwide curfew is in place between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am daily.

Sale of alcohol is restricted from 09h00 to 18h00 from Monday to Friday on a takeaway basis only. No sale of alcohol is allowed on Saturday or Sundays and Public Holidays.

Liquor may only be sold to and purchased on Sundays and public holidays by guests booked in or staying at establishments such as hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast facilities and casinos.

It is not mandatory for children ages 0 to 5 years to wear masks at school.

Salons, beauty parlours, hairdressers, pools, spas, gyms, studios, and fitness canters shall practice public health measures. Both the service providers and clients must wear masks, sanitize, and maintain social distancing.

All non-urgent medical procedures are postponed. Visitations to hospitalized patients is limited to 2 close relatives per visit for no more than ten minutes per visit.

Vulnerable persons are advised to stay at home, except for attending to essential needs.

Mask use
Masks are required in public spaces

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events of more than 50 people banned

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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