Covid-19 has disrupted our daily life all over the world for such an extended time that the idea of traveling to another country all of a sudden seems like a dream! In the last week or so, the idea of opening our borders to travellers has gained traction, and some countries are taking concrete steps.
It is with great excitement that we are able to share the following updates with you!
As the six-month long COVID-19 state of emergency lapses, Namibia’s borders are open again and our first international flights already arrived within a week after the announcement was made. Travel might still be limited as some countries still remain in lock-down.
TOURISM in Namibia took a leap towards revival when the first direct flight from Europe in the past six months landed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport last Sunday. Before the worldwide ban on travel, Namibia was voted as one of the top 30 tourism destinations in the world. With one of the lowest population densities, the country is ideal for leisure tourism while the COVID-19 pandemic still holds sway over the planet.
Eurowings had their first flight that landed on 20 September 2020, at 06:20am and marked the first European flight to arrive in Windhoek after the international ban was implemented in March this year. To signify the importance of the occasion, the Eurowings Airbus A330-300 aircraft was welcomed at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek with a ceremonial water salute. The flight signals the restart of the Eurowings Airline of Lufthansa ‘s nonstop scheduled Frankfurt-Windhoek service and is an important step to enable European leisure and business travelers to travel in safety and comfort to Namibia.
Here are the requirements if you are travelling from abroad:
- You need to show a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival at Windhoek airport (no older than 72hrs)
- Flights are only landing in Windhoek (Hosea Kutako Int Airport)
- There are NO quarantine requirements!
- On the 5th day after your arrival in Namibia, you will be tested for Covid-19, and you will have your results in the next two days.
As for our land borders, for the past 6 months they were only open for essential trade in accordance with SADC guidelines of movement of goods during the pandemic, however when it comes to opening all activities it has to be done bilaterally, even if Namibia open all it’s land borders it doesn’t help if the borders on the other side are still closed. While South Africa intends to open some of its borders as of 1st October, Namibia’s neighbors to the North and West remain closed. Angola’s border remains closed, only allowing nationals and foreign residents to enter, and foreign citizens to exit. Botswana’s borders also remain closed only allowing entry to national citizens. Tthere are currently no commercial flights in and out of Botswana.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s borders also remain closed with plans to resume international flights in October, while Zambia has opened it’s borders with domestic and international flights to resume.
The Ministry of Home Affairs operations are back to normal and accepting all applications.
You can send us an e-mail and let us know what you require, and we will get the ball rolling!
NAMIBIA IS WAITING FOR YOU!
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By Uaaruka Kandjii