Namibia relaxes inbound travel restrictions

Posted on 23 October 2020

South Africa’s neighbour, Namibia, has further relaxed its inbound travel restrictions.

The country’s President Dr Hage G. Geingob announced that travellers to Namibia will only need to present a negative PCR test taken within no more than 72 hours of flying.

Namibia Desert and Dunes. Picture: Getaway Gallery

Initially the country required visitors to re-test themselves after spending 5 days in the country, which has now been scrapped.

The new, more relaxed requirement is effective until midnight on November 30, according to Tourism Update.

Namibia has been open to international travellers since September 1 through its Hosea Kutako International Airport.

If a traveller arrives in Namibia with a test that is more than 72 hours old but less than 7 days old, they will be allowed entry but must go into a week-long supervised quarantine, either at home or at a place of accommodation.

Alternatively, if these options are not up to standard the visitor will be put into a governmental quarantine facility at their own expense, explained President Geingob in a briefing.

The decision to remove the re-testing requirement has been celebrated by the Namibian tourism industry which has been pushing for better regulations.

Germany, Switzerland and Austria have removed Namibia from their restricted travel lists.

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