Last update: 7/11/2021
Namibia reopened its major airport to international travel on September 1, 2020. It is one of the countries that are open for tourism from all over the world since Namibia has not banned travelers from any country. However, many of Namibia’s land borders are closed for tourism purposes, so international travelers should enter the country by air.
All international travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result within 7 days of arrival in Namibia. Negative Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test results from within 7 days of arrival are also acceptable.
International travelers do not have to quarantine as long as they have a valid negative result.
Can I travel to Namibia right now?
Travelers from any country can travel to Namibia right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Namibia at the moment.
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Travelers from all countries can currently visit Namibia.
Namibia has not banned travelers from any country.
Namibia COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Namibia has implemented very straightforward entry requirements for international travelers.
All international travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result or negative Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test result that was obtained within 7 days of arrival in Namibia. They do not have to quarantine as long as their test result is not older than 7 days.
Namibian citizens do not have to have a negative test result to enter Namibia. However, if they do not have a test result, they will have to quarantine for 7 days from their arrival, unless they provide a valid de-isolation certificate from the country they departed from.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Namibia?
All international travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test result that was obtained within 7 days of arrival in Namibia.
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from this testing requirement. Travelers who have received a COVID-19 vaccination are still required to present a negative test result.
Namibian citizens may enter Namibia without a negative PCR test result, but if they do not have a negative test result, they will have to quarantine for 7 days from their arrival and undergo testing at their own expense. They can avoid quarantining if they present a valid de-isolation certificate from the country they traveled from.
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Namibia?
There is no mandatory quarantine for international travelers upon arrival in Namibia as long as they have a negative PCR test or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test result that is no older than 7 days from their arrival.
Namibian citizens who do not have a negative PCR test result from within 7 days of their arrival may enter Namibia, but they will be subject to a 7-day quarantine and testing at their own expense.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Namibia
Just because you’re allowed to enter Namibia without travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage doesn’t mean you should. In fact, you should always travel with some kind of insurance coverage so you can make sure you’re covered no matter what happens.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Namibia
Even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine, you must still present proof of a negative PCR test or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test result that was obtained within 7 days of arrival in Namibia.
Other travel restrictions for Namibia during COVID-19
Namibia has a few other travel restrictions in place:
- All travelers will undergo health screenings upon arrival in Namibia.
- Face masks are required in all public areas.
- Social distancing rules must be observed.
- You may need a tourist visa to visit Namibia. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Namibia
You’ll find plenty to do if you visit Namibia right now: you can visit a national park, go on safari, or even go quad biking. You’ll also have lots of great options for accommodations and places to eat.
Hotels that are open in Namibia
Hotels and accommodations in Namibia are open, albeit with increased health and safety measures. If you’re wondering where to stay, we recommend these accommodations:
Guests must wear face masks in all public areas and social distance. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the accommodation so that guests can disinfect their hands. Guests must complete a Medical and Travel Declaration form on arrival. They will also have their temperatures taken on arrival. High-touch areas will be disinfected frequently.
More information on accommodation regulations is available here.
Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Namibia
Excited to go on safari and see some amazing wildlife? Want to explore national parks and deserts? Tours are operating, including safaris, and attractions are open, so you’ll be able to experience the beauty of Namibia if you visit right now. It can be overwhelming trying to choose the best tour for you, so, if you need some help, here are our top picks for tours and safaris in Namibia:
- 3 Day Sossusvlei Express
- 6 Day Dunes & Wildlife
- 9 Day Etosha, Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei Camping and Lodge Safari
- 12 Day Classic Namibia Camping Safari
Guests should wear face masks while on tours and at attractions. Face masks will be available for guests who do not bring their own. Hand sanitizer will be available so guests can disinfect their hands before entering a vehicle, when doing a new activity, and before eating.
Guests will have their temperatures taken and must provide their personal information for contact tracing purposes. They will be informed of the tour/attraction’s specific regulations at the start of the tour/activity. Vehicles will be disinfected/sanitized before every tour.
More information on tour and attraction regulations can be found here.
Restaurants that are open in Namibia
It’s always exciting to try the local cuisine when you travel. Luckily, restaurants in Namibia are open so you can sample all kinds of delicious food.
Alcohol can only be sold from 9 AM to 10 PM Monday through Saturday. The sale of alcohol is not allowed on Sundays and public holidays.
Customers must pre-book their tables. They must also wear face masks at all times, except when eating and drinking. Customers’ personal details will be taken for contact tracing purposes. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance for guests to use. Tables will be placed at least 2 meters apart.
Airports that are open in Namibia
Namibia’s main and largest airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport, is open and commercial flights are operating.
Travelers must wear face masks and social distance. They will also be subject to health screenings upon arrival.
Curfew in Namibia
There is currently a nightly curfew from 10 PM to 4 AM.
Where to get a PCR test in Namibia – COVID-19 testing in Namibia
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Namibia, you can find more information on getting tested here.
Namibia reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Namibia reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, you can fly to Namibia from any country right now.
There are currently 1,700+ active cases and 600+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Namibia as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Namibia as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Namibia. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you might want to reconsider travel to Namibia.
No, travelers from all countries can visit Namibia right now.
No, you do not need to quarantine upon arrival as long as you have proof of a negative PCR test or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test result that was obtained within 7 days of arrival in Namibia. If you are a Namibian citizen without a negative test result, you will have to quarantine for 7 days.
Yes, you must have proof of a negative PCR test or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test result that was obtained within 7 days of arrival in Namibia. If you are a Namibian citizen, you do not need a negative test result to enter Namibia, but if you do not have one, you will have to quarantine for 7 days from your arrival.
Yes, there is currently a nightly curfew from 10 PM to 4 AM.
No, there are no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel.
No, most land borders are closed for tourism purposes. Only Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei, and Noordoewer can be used for tourist entries.
Yes, Namibia’s hotels are open.
Yes, Namibia’s main airport is open and commercial flights are operating.
Yes, restaurants in Namibia are open.
Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.
Yes, safaris are operating in Namibia.
Yes, attractions are open.
Yes, Americans can travel to Namibia for tourism purposes.
Yes, Canadian tourists can visit Namibia.
We will update this guide on Namibia reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Namibia, you can check these official sources: