Visa & Entry Requirements
All visitors to Namibia must have a valid passport for at least six months after the date of entry, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps (at least three blank pages for the entry and exit stamps). All visitors must also have a valid return ticket. In addition, all visitors must have a visa, except those nationalities with which Namibia has the necessary visa exemption agreement.
Visitors from the following countries do not require visas:
Angola, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau SAR, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Visitors from the following countries can apply for a visa upon arrival in Namibia:
Belarus, Cambodia, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Cape Verde, Comoros, Eritrea, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Czech Republic, Gambia, Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mexico, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Rwanda, South Korea, Liberia, Nicaragua, São Tomé and Principe, Thailand, Madagascar, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, Mauritania, Poland, Singapore, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam and Western Sahara Republic.
It is recommended that travellers planning on visiting Namibia always confirm whether or not a VISA is required. This is because the above lists may change from time to time.
Holidaymakers and tourists are welcome to remain in the country for 90 days. Business visas are granted at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Travellers can obtain visas from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration Safety and Security, and Namibian missions abroad. Please note that a visa on arrival is only issued at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Walvis Bay International Airport and the Trans-Kalahari border post for selected countries and it is meant for tourist purposes only. Any other traveller with a different entry purpose must submit their application with all relevant documentation to the appropriate office.
Visas are valid up to three months from the date of issue for stays of up to three months from entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.
Temporary Residence Permit:
Apply to the High Commission or Embassy; see Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security’s website.
Information pertaining to applicable fees are available on the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security‘s website
Travellers to Namibia can travel with mobile equipment and access the GSM network at all towns and on most portions of the national highway. International roaming agreements are in place with 146 countries through 334 network partners.
Most accommodation establishments in Namibia offer Wi-Fi to their guests. For self-drive travellers who plan to travel into remote areas, it is recommended that they rent a satellite phone. When dialling internationally from Namibia via mobile devices, a + followed by the relevant country code, area code and number is dialled. For example, when dialling internationally to Namibia, the country code is 264, followed by the area code and number.
MTC is Namibia’s leading cell phone operator. Travellers can purchase a starter pack and data if they want to communicate with other Namibian cell phones. Additional data can be bought easily across Namibia.
If visitors to Namibia have a tourist/holiday visa, they cannot engage in any employment while in the country. Should they wish to do so, they should apply for an employment permit in their country of residence before entry. The same applies to study permits.