318,800 sq miles
Windhoek, Namibia (UTC+2)
Namibia: Paradise Awaiting To Be Explored
Welcome To Namibia
Here are just few reasons why to visit Namibia:
- Namibia has the power to capture your heart, enticing you with its ancient landscapes, the deafening silence of the illumination of its horizons. See it drenched in gold when the sun’s last rays retire to make way for ta night sky glittering with thousands of stars. It’s no wonder that more than half of all visitors return again and again to this fascinating destination. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a land blessed with over 300 days of sunshine annually?Namibia is a land of contrasts, where the country’s natural beauty leaves visitors breathless, its endless horizons allowing for picturesque views. At the same time, its abundant wildlife is a dream to behold. It is also a land rich in culture, a nation proud of its background and a people as rich in heritage and culture as its rivers are dry and the deserts are desolate.
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Visa Information / Entry requirements – Namibia
This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Namibia set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Namibia’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate.
All travellers should familiarise themselves with the entry rules for Namibia before travel.
If you’re fully vaccinated
Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to produce a negative PCR test result on arrival.
Proof of vaccination status
You do not need to show a vaccination card or certificate to enter Namibia.
Residents of Namibia
Namibians and permanent residence permit holders do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result in order to enter Namibia. You should check with your airline for any regulations they might have for a negative test result in order to travel.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
You do not need to show a negative PCR test result in order to enter Namibia.
If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year
No special requirements are in place for any person who was previously infected with COVID-19.
Children and young people
Children, aged 11 and under, do not need to show a valid vaccination certificate in order to enter Namibia. See Travelling with children (under 18) section below for more information.
If you’re transiting through Namibia
Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.
The rules for transiting Namibia are the same as for entry into Namibia.
There are no exemptions to Namibia’s entry requirements.
There are no special requirements for HGV drivers.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia and have at least 1 completely blank page for Namibian immigration to use. If you are also going to travel in South Africa, you should be aware that although South African authorities state they require 1 blank passport page for entry, some officials insist on 2 blank pages. If you plan to take this route, make sure you have a total of 3 blank pages.
Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Although British nationals can enter Namibia for a holiday or private visit of up to 90 days without a visa, there have been cases where visitors have only been given permission to stay for periods much shorter than 90 days, sometimes as short as only 7 or 10 days. Before leaving the immigration desk in the airport arrivals hall, check that you have been given permission to stay in Namibia for the duration of your intended visit up to the maximum allowable of 90 days and that you have been given a correctly dated entry stamp by Namibian Immigration officials, as this will be checked on departure. Overstaying the time granted or an incorrect or missing entry stamp could lead to detention, arrest and a fine. If you intend to work (which includes volunteering) or stay in Namibia for a period of more than 90 days, you must get a visa from the Namibian High Commission in London before you travel.
Travelling with children (under 18)
Namibia introduced new immigration rules in 2016 relating to travel with children. In addition to valid passports, parents travelling with children (under 18) should at all times carry the original or certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child’s details and both parents’ details. The abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child’s particulars won’t be accepted by the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
Adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel. If a child is travelling with only one parent, the other parent should give consent for travel in the form of an affidavit.
Unaccompanied children may be required to provide in addition to a valid passport:
- proof of consent from one or both parents/legal guardians in the form of an affidavit
- a letter from the person receiving the child including their residential address where the child will be staying
Contact your nearest Namibian High Commission if you have any specific questions about your trip.
If your child was born in the UK, you can order a full unabridged birth certificate online via GOV.UK.
Travelling with children via a South African airport
If you’re transiting through a South African airport with children, see our South Africa travel advice page for information and advice about the documents you’ll need to carry.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are valid for entry into, transit and exit from Namibia. Your ETD should be valid for a period of at least 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia.
Tourism Health Information – Namibia
If you have a health condition, or you are pregnant, you may need specialist healthcare abroad. Check whether your destination country can provide the healthcare you may need and ensure you have appropriate travel insurance for unexpected medical evacuation or local treatment.
See the Coronavirus travel health and Healthcare sections in the Coronavirus page for COVID-19 health information.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.
The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).
There are good medical facilities in Windhoek. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Even with fully comprehensive travel insurance, private hospitals in Namibia may insist on proof of payment (cash or credit card) before starting treatment. They may also insist you pay up front, reclaiming from your insurer at a later date. Some travel insurance policies are not recognised by some Namibian hospitals, you should check with your provider if their product is accepted in Namibia before you travel and seek alternative coverage where necessary. Medical evacuation from remote areas can take time.
There is a high risk of malaria throughout the year in the Caprivi Strip, Kavango and Kunene regions. For further information see NaTHNaC’s information sheet.
Cholera is known to occur in Namibia.
Some people suffer skin problems and/or dehydration due to Namibia’s hot and dry climate. Make sure you carry a good supply of drinkable water.
Namibia has one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV in the world. In 2019, UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic estimated that around 210,000 adults aged 15 or over in Namibia were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 11.5% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 211111 (in Windhoek) or 10111 (elsewhere) and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
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Weather & When To Go To Namibia
Namibia is truly a country of “blue skies and sunshine”, and all-in-all provides travellers to the area with an agreeable climate. Namibia experiences on average 300 days of sunshine in a year and is the most arid country in Southern Africa. Namibia has mostly a subtropical desert climate and is situated at the southern edge of the tropics; the Tropic of Capricorn more or less bisects the country in half. However, extreme variances in temperature can be experienced depending on the season and your geographic location. For example, the Namib Desert experiences warm to hot days in the winter months (from June to September), but temperatures are known to drop considerably at night and can get freezing.
In Namibia, the summer months (Oct-Apr) can become hot with temperatures hitting 35°C or higher in the north and south. Winter days (May-Sept) are pleasant, but temperatures can become quite cold, dropping below zero in mid-winter. Average daytime temperatures in summer range between 20-35°C while in winter they drop, with the average being between 18-22°C during the day.
The Coastal region is kept cooler by the cold Benguela current and is free from rain for most of the year. For visitors along the coast, fog conditions are quite common, although it does tend to lift in midmorning, settling in again during the late afternoons. Namibia’s generally clear skies, sparse population and unpolluted air ensure that it’s ranked as one of the best places to embark on stargazing.
Summer months are long and occur from October to April. Average summer temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius on the coast to 35 degrees Celsius in the central region. Temperatures can reach in excess of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the southern region of Namibia, especially in the Namib Desert. Summertime is also the rainy season in Namibia. The rainy season is divided into a short and a main rainy season. The short rainy season occurs between September and November – the main rainy season occurs between December to April. The rains are generally of short duration and bring much relief to the heat.
Namibia is considered to be a year-round destination. Therefore, ensure that you pack accordingly for comfort and coolness in the summer months and warmth for the winter nights.
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