Entry requirements

Although British nationals can enter Namibia for a holiday or private visit of up to 90 days without a visa, we are aware of cases in which, on arrival, visitors have only been given permission to stay for periods much shorter than 90 days , some as short as only seven or ten days. Before leaving the Immigration Desk in the Airport Arrivals Hall, check:
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.

You must hold a valid passport to enter Namibia. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Namibia and must have at least one 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 one blank passport page for entry, some officials insist on two blank pages (one in, one out). We therefore recommend you have a total of three blank pages.

There are good medical facilities in Windhoek but you may be expected to pay for treatment, even if you are insured. See the General (Insurance) section of this advice for more details. Evacuation from remote areas can take time.

Rabies and cholera are common throughout Namibia. Malaria is endemic from the North as far South as Okahandja, 65 km North of Windhoek, especially during the main rains (January - April). Etosha National Park is malarial.

Polio is also present in Namibia and you should ensure your polio vaccine is up to date. There has been a recent outbreak of meningitis in Katutura Township in Windhoek. If you plan to travel to Katutura Township, you should consider whether you wish to have (or update) the meningitis vaccine.

Some people suffer skin problems from Namibia's hot and dry climate. There is, for the same reason, a serious risk of dehydration. When travelling outside main cities ensure you carry a good supply of drinkable water.

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 160,000 adults aged 15 or over in Namibia were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 13.1% 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. See our HIV and AIDS page.

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Namibia and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date. For further information on vaccination requirements, drinking water, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

See our Travel Healthpage.
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