Do I Need a Tourist Visa or an Employment 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.

Work/Study/Research visas must be applied at the Ministry of Home Affairs. Check their website for more information www.mha.gov.na.

The following countries have VISA Exemption Agreements with Namibia:

Angola
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Botswana
Brazil
Canada
Congo Brazzaville*
Cuba
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana*
Hong Kong
Iceland
India**
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Macau (SAR)
Malawi
Malaysia
Mauritius
Moldova
Mozambique
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Russian Federation
Seychelles
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uzbekistan
Venezuela*
Zambia
Zimbabwe

* Only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports
** Only Official and Diplomatic passport holders up to 3 months

Visa Requirements for Namibians Traveling Abroad

Namibians ARE NOT required to obtain a visa when traveling as tourists to the countries listed below:

Angola
Bahamas
Botswana
Brazil (Only for Tourist visa, When traveling on Official and Business trips, visa is required)
Congo Brazzaville (Only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports)
Cuba
Ethiopia*
France (Only Diplomatic Passport are exempted for 3 months)
Ghana (Only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports)
Germany (Only Diplomatic passports)
Hong Kong (SAR)
India (Only Diplomatic and Official Passports are exempted up to 3 months)
Kenya
Lesotho
Macau (SAR)
Malawi
Malaysia
Mauritius
Mozambique
Philippines (Only Diplomatic and Official up to 21 days)
Rwanda (Entry visas are issued at any entry point)
Singapore
South Africa
Swaziland
Switzerland (Only Diplomatic and Official)
Tanzania
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey (Only Diplomatic and Official Passports)
United Kingdom
Venezuela (Only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports)
Zambia
Zimbabwe

*Only Official business visitors - attending workshops, seminars and official functions of the AU and the UNECA and other UN Organizations