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Application for Visa or Permit

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All citizens of countries whom we have VISA Exemption Agreements are not required to obtain a visa and will be allowed to enter into Namibia and get Visitor´s Entry Permit (VEP) endorsement stamps at the Port of entry for the following reasons:

  • Holiday/Vacation;
  • Visiting friends or relatives;
  • Attending workshops (Not as Facilitator);
  • Attending meetings;
  • Exploring of business opportunities;
  • Medical treatment; and
  • Any other purpose other than employment of any kind

NB!! All visitors travelling to Namibia for business to work at their subsidiary companies, for example, give training to local staff, conduct audits of their companies, volunteer work of any kind etc. are required to apply for employment permit/work visas in terms of section 27 of Immigration Control Act regardless of whether they are citizens of countries which are exempted.

Here is the complete list of countries.

What Must I Provide to Begin the Tourist Visa Application or Employment Permit Process?

All applicants must submit the following:

  • A duly filled and signed application form
  • Valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry and at least 3 or more blank pages
  • Attach 2 colored 2” x 2” photographs, taken within three months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire and eyeglasses. Men should not wear earrings. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.;
  • A self-addressed, pre-paid envelope from DHL, FEDEX or United States Postal Service only with tracking. Receipt of payment for the envelope must be attached. Please do not send UPS envelopes;
  • Cash, money order or certified United States bank check (personal checks will not be accepted) payable to the Embassy of Namibia (fees below). Payments must be in US Dollars;
  • Business letter stating nature of visit (if applicable);
  • Complete flight itinerary;
  • Copy of legal residence in the countries accredited to the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, DC(list below);
  • Hotel reservations or tour/safari confirmation;
  • Proof of adequate funds for the duration of stay in the form of personal bank account statement under each applicants name. For dependents who are minors or spouses, kindly attach a signed letter of the person responsible for the expenses.;
  • Proof that they will be supported by a person who is a permanent resident of Namibia or is Namibian if such a case applies; provide a signed letter of invitation, passport copy, copy of work permit/residence permit (if applicable)
  • All documents must be written in English.

Requirements for holders of Diplomatic, Official and Laisser-Passer (United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund)

  • A duly filled and signed application form
  • Valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry and at least 3 or more blank pages;
  • Two (2) colour 2 x 2 passport photographs (should be identical);
  • A self-addressed, pre-paid envelope from DHL, USPS or FEDEX only with tracking. Receipt of payment for the envelope must be attached;
  • Complete flight itinerary;
  • An official letter from the applicant’s diplomatic mission/organization. The letter should state the full identity of the visa applicant and the grounds for him/her holding a diplomatic/official passport (position within the diplomatic mission or family links with an official), the full details of the travel document, and the purposes and dates of the stay in Namibia.

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    Please note:
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide an email address where they can be reached in the event that there is an error on your forms or if additional documents are needed.
    • Further information may be requested depending on individual circumstances.
    • Visitors with tourist visas are not allowed to engage in any employment while in the country.
    • The Embassy can only issue Tourist visas and Employment permits. Work/Study/Research visa applications must be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Check their website for more information
    • Here are the guidelines when travelling to and from Namibia with children.

    Fees and Processing times:

    • Single entry, 3 months validity - US$50.00
    • Multiple Entry, 3 months validity - US$100.00

    How Long Does It Take?

    The processing time is a minimum of 3 working days after the application is submitted but incomplete forms and requirements may delay the process. Visa applications should be submitted between 09:00 and 11:00 am and pick up is 3:00-4:00 pm.

    All visas are processed on the day the application forms are received and will be valid for 3 months.

    What Do I Do with the Completed Documents?

    Once you have all the required documents, please place them in one envelope and mail them to the following address:

    The Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, DC
    Attn: Consular Section
    1605 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    Countries Accredited to the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, DC

    • Bahamas
    • Belize
    • Canada
    • Costa Rica
    • El Salvador
    • Guatemala
    • Honduras
    • Mexico
    • Nicaragua
    • United States of America