Foreign travel advice

Namibia

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

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 England who have been in or transited through Namibia in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Namibia will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The FCDO is not advising those already travelling in Namibia to leave at this time. Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.

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:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

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.