What you need to know before travelling from South Africa to Namibia

Posted by Zimasa Katamzi on 12 April 2021

Namibia is open for international travel and is welcoming all nationals into the country under the conditions that they follow protocol upon arrival.

To help guide the country’s international tourism revival initiative, Namibia announced new health protocols that went into action on 1 September 2020.

What to know before travelling to Namibia

 

Visitors must present their full itinerary and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 7 days of arriving. Health screening and temperature testing are vital upon arrival too.

Visitors with a PCR test older than 7 days will be required to take a coronavirus test and quarantine for 14 days at their own cost.

Before departing Namibia, a negative COVID-19 test will be conducted and a certificate will be issued out to those who need it to enter their country.

Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Namibia, Eurowings and Qatar Airways have scheduled flights from South Africa to Namibia.

In a press release by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism it is stated that Namibia has obtained all of the necessary approvals to implement the revised National Parks entrance fees and the introduction of the conservation fees with effect from 1 April 2021.

The newly revised fees range from N$20 – N$700 all of which are non-refundable and not transferable. All fees are valid for 24 hours from the time you enter the park.

‘Given that Namibia’s park entrance fees are currently one of the lowest in the SADC Region and given the shortfall in resources needed to conserve wildlife and maintain infrastructure in national parks, the Ministry is introducing payment of a conservation fee charged to all visitors to national parks and game parks in addition to the new entrance fees,’ said Spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda.

It is said that the combined conservation fee and entrance fee is affordable and is based on a market related price.

Romeo mentioned that the conservation fee will go towards the Game Product Trust Fund, and will be used for the maintenance of infrastructure in national parks and game parks.

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