Namibia: some travel information
How do you get to Namibia?
Direct flights go from Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Paris to Windhoek. Another international airport is located in the port city of Walvis Bay.
There is a rail link to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa. In addition, South Africa’s historic Rovos Rail runs over 2,600 km from Johannesburg to Swakopmund.
There is a regular bus connection between Windhoek and Cape Town, Upington, Pretoria and Johannesburg in South Africa. There are also bus connections to Botswana and Zambia as well as to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Sea ports are located in Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.
Travel in the country
Domestic air connections exist between Eros near Windhoek and all major cities in the country as well as Etosha National Park. Charter companies offer sightseeing, safari and domestic flights.
Buses run regularly from Windhoek to Walvis Bay and Tsumeb and back.
The country’s rail network covers a total of 2,382 km, with trains running from Windhoek to Gobabis, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb, Keetmanshoop, Upington and Walvis Bay. The Desert Express luxury train also runs between Windhoek and Swakopmund.
There are no navigable waterways in Namibia.
Roads and rental cars
The road network of Namibia covers a total of 65,000 km and is relatively well developed, approx. 9,000 km are paved. An international driver’s license is required for rental cars.
Danger of accidents
Serious accidents occur again and again on the roads of Namibia, because, for example, overtaking is carried out without consideration and one can therefore quickly become involved in head-on collisions.
In no other country are there as many fatal accidents relative to its population as here.
On December 29, 2014, a couple from Berlin and their 19-year-old daughter died as a result of a head-on collision. Three occupants of the Toyota from Namibia were also killed in the accident.
There is left-hand traffic in Namibia. In order to avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, one should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. The maximum speeds shown can of course be reduced or increased by traffic signs. Regardless of the information provided here, it is advisable to obtain detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the traffic clubs in the country concerned.
- Urban: in built-up areas there is a speed limit of 60 km/h
- Gravel roads: there is a speed limit of 70 km/h on gravel roads
- Asphalt roads: the speed limit on asphalt roads is 120 km/h
alcohol limits In Namibia there is a blood alcohol limit of 0.79 per mille for drivers of motor vehicles.
International license plate
According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of Namibia is:
Namibia Tourist Office
Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 133 73 60
Namibia: entry and exit regulations
Tourists are allowed to stay in Namibia for up to 90 days a year without a visa. A passport that is valid for at least six months after the stay, as well as a return flight or onward travel ticket are required for entry. A valid yellow fever vaccination must be proven when entering from a yellow fever infection area.
Issuing of visas in Germany
Visa department in Berlin Wichmannstrasse 5 10787 Berlin Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 254 09 50 Email: email@example.com
Issuing visas in Austria and Switzerland:
See under Representations of Namibia in Austria and Representations of Namibia in Switzerland.
Foreign exchange, national currency
The national currency of Namibia is the
Namibian Dollar (N $) = 100 cents.
- Local currency import and export Local currency may beimported and exported up to an amount of N $ 50,000.
- Import and export of foreign currenciesThe import of foreign currencies is permitted without limitation, but must be declared.Export is only permitted up to the amount declared on entry.
Import and export of goods
Items for personal use may be imported duty-free. This also includes a choice of 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 2 liters of wine or 1 liter of spirits, as well as 300 ml perfume and gifts up to an amount of N $ 1,250.
There are no known restrictions on the export of goods. The export of food is subject to authorization. Export permits are required for hunting trophies and furs, which are issued by all reputable taxidermists and specialist shops.
Inexpensive goods, souvenirs
In Namibia, wood carvings (mostly animal figures) and wickerwork are for sale. But also geologically special stones such as quartz and diamonds, which should definitely come from a licensed dealer. To avoid problems with customs, the receipts should be kept.
Namibia: travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings
In Namibia, the following infectious diseases are to be expected, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe:
- Malaria: With the exception of cities and southern Namibia, there is a year-round risk of malaria infection. About 80 to 90% of infections are caused by the very dangerous malaria tropica, the remainder by malaria tertiana.
- HIV infections, AIDS
- Cholera– but there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
- Intestinal infectionsfrom contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
- Hepatitis A and B
- Polio, polio
- Lassa fever
- Plague– isolated occurrence in the north of the country
- Sleeping sickness
- Typhoid, paratyphoid– the risk of infection only exists for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
- Cholera– but only among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
- Diphtheria– a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
- Hepatitis A and B
- Polio, polio– vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
- Tetanus– a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
- Rabies– but only for high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
- Typhoid– but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
For all persons older than one year and arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against a yellow fever disease.
Yellow fever vaccination for children
In most countries where a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory, this also applies to children over one year of age, in some countries even from six months. It should be noted that vaccination against yellow fever had a number of side effects, such as encephalitis. Around two-thirds of those affected were children under six months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!
When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.
Namibia: Diplomatic missions
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Namibia embassies and consulates in each country around the world.
Representations of Namibia in Germany
The building of the Embassy of Namibia is located in a beautiful villa on Reichstrasse in the Neu-Westend district in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district.. Although the official address is Reichsstraße 17, the entrance to the embassy is on Kirschenallee, which is bordered by Reichsstraße and Platanenallee in front of the embassy. The station “Neu-Westend” of underground line 2 is only a few 100 m away. There is a bus stop for bus lines 104 and N2 right in front of the building. The N stands for night bus.
Embassy of the Republic of Namibia
Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 25 40 95 0
|Hamburg and Bremen||Honorary Consulate in HamburgAn der Alster 82
Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 30 39 91 29
Fax: 0049 – (0) 40 – 30 39 91 69
|Bavaria||Honorary Consulate in MunichAugustenstrasse 9
Tel: 0049 – (0) 89 – 558 69 879
German representations in Namibia
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Independence Avenue 154, Sanlam Center, 6th floor
PO Box 231
Tel: 00264 – (0) 61 – 27 31 00/33
Austrian representations in Namibia
The Federal Republic of Austria does not have an embassy in Namibia, but is represented by an honorary consulate. The embassy in South Africa is responsible
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Austria in South Africa
1109, Duncan Street, Brooklyn
Tel: 0027 – (0) 12 – 452 9155
The Austrian embassy in South Africa is still responsible for:
Honorary Consulate Windhoek (without passport authority)
Teinert Straße 2
Tel: 00264 – (0) 61-222159
Representations of Namibia in Austria
Embassy in Vienna
Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 402 93 71, 72, 73
Honorary Consulate in Klagenfurt
Neuer Platz 14
Tel: 0043 – (0) 50 100 – 30511
Honorary Consulate in Salzburg
Wiener Philharmonikergasse 2, 5020 Salzburg
Tel: 0043 – (0) 662 – 84 12 60
Swiss representations in Namibia
The embassy in Cape Town in South Africa is responsible >>>
Consulate General of Switzerland in Windhoek
Consulate General of Switzerland
PO Box 9298
Tel: 00264 – (0) 81 – 127 93 88
Representations of Namibia in Switzerland
There is no diplomatic representation for Namibia in Switzerland. The embassy in Brussels is responsible.
Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Brussels
Avenue de Tervueren 454
Tel: 0032 – (0) 2 – 771 1410