Foreign travel advice

Namibia

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not leave home or travel, including internationally, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From 4am on 18 January, if you intend to travel to England, Scotland, or Wales, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival. All other current entry requirements and restrictions continue to apply.

If you are legally permitted to travel, check our advice for the country you are visiting. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning. Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. Also check if you need to self-isolate.

Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to:

  • The whole of Namibia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

From 4am on Saturday 9 January, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Namibia in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish citizens, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from Namibia, need to self-isolate on their return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel to Namibia is subject to entry restrictions

  • If you’re travelling to Namibia you will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re travelling to Namibia during coronavirus, see the Coronavirus page for more information.

During the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check your cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

Avoid driving outside towns at night as wildlife and stray livestock pose a serious hazard. See Road travel

Violent street crime can affect foreign tourists, particularly in Windhoek. See Crime

If travelling along the Zambezi region, stick to the well-travelled routes. See Local travel

You should carry identification with you at all times. Unless you need to have your passport with you for immigration purposes or passing through security checkpoints, leave it in your hotel safe and carry a photocopy for ID.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Namibia, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Most visits to Namibia are trouble-free.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.