COUNTRIES WITH VISA EXEMPTION AGREEMENT WITH NAMIBIA
The following countries have VISA Exemption Agreements with Namibia:
Central African Republic (CAR)**
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)**
Ghana*(90 days from date of entry)
Sao Tome and Principe**
Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic**
United States of America
* Only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports
** Only Official and Diplomatic passport holders for a maximum period of 90 days per calendar year
Kindly note: The passport should at least be valid for a period of not less than 6 months from the date of arrival and there should be enough pages for endorsement of visas, at least not less than 3 blank pages.
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:
- 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.
Here are the guidelines when travelling to and from Namibia with children.
COUNTRIES QUALIFIED FOR VISAS ON ARRIVAL
The following countries are qualified for visas on arrival for all three categories of passports, being ordinary, diplomatic and official/service passports.
Central Africa Republic (CAR)
Cote d’ Ivore
Sao Tome and Principe
Western Sahara Republic
Other countries are as follows:
United Arab Emirates
Visa on arrival will benefit the following categories of visitors:
- Bona fide tourists (excluding tour guides who are required to obtain employment permit/work visa in advance)
- Potential investors to explore business opportunities
- Visitors to attend meetings, seminars and workshops (excluding those going to perform pay related jobs which still requires one to obtain an employment permit/work visas)
- Friendships and family related visits
- Medical related visits
NOTE: VISAS ON ARRIVAL EXCLUDES PEOPLE GOING TO NAMIBIA FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES THAT OBLIGATE ONE TO APPLY AND ACQUIRE EMPLOYMENT PERMIT IN ADVANCE.
HOW VISAS ON ARRIVAL WORK?
- The visitor will complete a visa application form upon arrival at the airport and submit the application together with the passport to an immigration officer. Immigration officers will do the usual background checks.
- Visa applicant should satisfy immigration officer that the visit is legitimate
- Visa applicant should have enough funds for the visit or proof that the visit is fully sponsored
- The passport should at least be valid for a period of not less than 6 months from the date of arrival and there should be enough pages for endorsement of visas, at least not less than 3 blank pages
- Upon approval of the application, the immigration officer would request the applicant to make payment of N$1080.00 (credit/debit cards are accepted). Foreign currency exchange is also available.
- Tourist/Visitor visa in Namibia is 90 days which may be granted at once or at the discretion of the immigration officer at entry point depending on information provided
- Tourist/Visitor visa applicant may apply for extension while in Namibia, which may be granted subject to the payment of N$580 fee and reasons advanced.
Visas on arrival pilot Phase project will start at Hosea Kutako International Airport as of September 25, 2019. The next phase will include the following ports of entry:
- Walvis Bay Airport will issue visas on arrival by end October 2019
- Katima Mulilo Border Post will issue visas on arrival by end November 2019
- Noordoewer, Ariamsvlei, Oshikango, Transkalahari and Oranjemund will issue visas on arrival during the first quarter of 2020
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NAMIBIANS TRAVELING ABROAD
Namibians ARE NOT required to obtain a visa when traveling as tourists to the countries listed below:
Brazil (Only for Tourist visa, When traveling on Official and Business trips, visa is required)
Congo Brazzaville (Only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports)
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)
Philippines (Only Diplomatic and Official up to 21 days)
Rwanda (Entry visas are issued at any entry point)
Switzerland (Only Diplomatic and Official)
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey (Only Diplomatic and Official Passports)
Venezuela (Only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports)
*Only Official business visitors - attending workshops, seminars and official functions of the AU and the UNECA and other UN Organizations