The currency is the Namibian dollar (NAD). The South African rand (ZAR) is also accepted. Major credit cards are accepted and most ATMs are linked to international networks.
Carry a copy of your passport at all times. To visit Namibia, Foreign visitors must present a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules. An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required upon entry to the country.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Business visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Student visa: Required
Employment visa: Required
Ensure that your passport has sufficient visa pages for travel to Namibia and neighboring countries for the entire duration of your trip. At least two completely blank pages are required for entry into Namibia. Make sure the visa stamp is valid for the duration of your stay (up to 90 days) and that immigration officials have given you a correctly dated entry stamp, as this will be checked upon departure. Authorities are very strict regarding visa validity; overstaying the time granted or having an incorrect or missing entry stamp could lead to detention, arrest and fines.
The dry season extends from April to October, and the rainy season extends from November to March. Unpaved roads may become impassable during the rainy season. You should follow regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.
Emergency services: Dial 264 (61) 10111 for emergency assistance.
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travelers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Rabies is a deadly illness spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from an infected animal. Vaccination should be considered for travelers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (i.e., close contact with animals, occupational risk, and children).
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travelers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement
Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs. It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Vaccination is not recommended. Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider. It is important for travelers to contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of their trip to ensure that the vaccine is available.
Travelers to any destination in the world can develop travelers’ diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food. In some areas in Southern Africa, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practice safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southern Africa. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this country. Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no vaccine against malaria. Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent and staying in enclosed air-conditioned accommodations. You may also consider pre-treating clothing and travel gear with insecticides and sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net. Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. See a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss your options.
Medical facilities are relatively modern, particularly in the capital. However, well-equipped facilities are rarely available in smaller towns. Upfront payment is generally required, even if you have medical insurance. Ensure that your insurance policy covers all the activities that you plan to undertake, particularly in the case of extreme sports.
Keep in mind... the decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveler. The traveler is also responsible for his or her own personal safety. Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in your country. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centers.