Namibia is a safe and stable country boasting modern infrastructure and facilities and one of the cleanest and neatest African capitals. Still, be careful, remain alert and keep a close watch over your belongings.
Namibia is an excellent holiday destination due to the favourable currency, which means that most international travellers are able to get luxury accommodation and transportation at a fraction of the price in their own country.
Although most parts of Namibia are malaria-free, travellers heading north of Windhoek (and towards the Caprivi) need to consult their doctors about anti-malaria medication.
- Banking hours at most commercial banks are Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h30 and on Saturday from 08h00 to 11h00
- ATMs are found throughout Namibia’s major city centres and shopping complexes.
- The currency is the Namibian Dollar, where NAD1 is made up of 100 cents. Please check with your hotel for daily exchange rates. Foreign currencies such as the USD are widely accepted.
- Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels. Proof of identity may be requested, so be sure to carry a passport or some form of photo identification at all times. Credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations.
- It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge - they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route.
- It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night, and if you are on a self-drive adventure then please ensure your car is locked at all times - park in well-lit, busy areas.
- Dress-down (i.e. don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.
- Stopping for hitch hikers is not recommended.
Please be sensitive when photographing people. Namibians are renowned for being friendly; however it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away.
Passports & Visa Requirements
Guests visiting Namibia must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport. Visitors who intend travelling to Namibia’s neighbouring countries and back are advised to apply for multiple entry visas.
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- Bear in mind that Namibia is a country of high temperatures. In summer the mercury may reach 40°C/104°F and even winter temperatures are as high as 25°C/77°F
- It is always a good idea to have a record of your passport number, airline tickets and travellers cheques
- Don't leave your baggage or luggage unattended