The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that comprehensive travel insurance, including medical insurance, is obtained before travelling to Namibia. Travellers should note that the Irish government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
· Visitors to Namibia should take sensible precautions to protect their personal safety such as keeping vehicles locked and valuable possessions out of sight.
· It is advisable to limit driving outside main towns to daylight hours.
· Medical facilities are of a good standard but you may be expected to pay up front and claim from your insurer directly. There are many health risks in Namibia which visitors should be aware of.
· Ensure you have up to date medical and travel insurance which covers the activities you intend to undertake in Namibia.
· Carry identification with you at all times.
Safety and Security
There is a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets including places frequented by foreigners.
Most visits to Namibia are trouble free. However, visitors should take sensible precautions such as keeping vehicles locked and valuable possessions out of sight to avoid crimes such as muggings and car thefts. Do not enter townships at night unless accompanied by someone with local knowledge. Remain with your group/guide when visiting parks and game reserves.
There is a growing level of violent street crime affecting foreign tourists in Windhoek, even in daylight when gangs approach vehicles at busy road intersections. To protect yourself, keep car doors locked and windows up at all times.
It is not advisable to use taxis hailed on the street. Ask your hotel/accommodation to call a reputable company for you.
When driving ensure to have identification with you which you will be asked to produce at regular road blocks. When driving outside towns, wildlife and stray livestock can pose a serious hazard. Please avoid driving at night outside major towns. Do not use a mobile phone when driving. If you are driving the Caprivi Strip it is advisable to stick to the well-travelled routes.
Malaria, rabies and cholera are common in Namibia and pose a serious health risk. You should only drink or use boiled or bottled water. If you suffer from diarrhoea during a visit to Namibia you should seek immediate medical attention.
HIV/AIDS is prevalent in Namibia with current prevalence estimates at 13.1% of the adult population.
Medical facilities are of a good standard but you may be expected to pay for treatment up front even if you have insurance. Please ensure that you are fully aware of the conditions in the policy you have taken and what cover is provided should you become ill or involved in an accident whilst in Namibia.
Please check your travel insurance provider to ensure your policy covers the activities you intend to do in Namibia e.g. quad biking, dune boarding and hot air ballooning.
Local Laws and Customs
Visitors to Namibia should carry identification at all times – a photocopy of the relevant passport page is sufficient.
Drug taking and/or smuggling are criminal offences in Namibia and the punishments are severe.
Homosexuality is tolerated.
While there are no formal rules limiting photography at public buildings, caution should be exercised. If the army or police are protecting a building, check with them before taking a photograph.
Additional Country Info
The Namibian Dollar is tied to the South African Rand which is also legal tender in Namibia.