Getting In and Around
A passport with at least two unstamped pages and a visa are required to enter Namibia. Travelers with U.S. passports who plan to visit the country for fewer than 90 days can obtain visas at the airport. Tourists traveling to or from Namibia via South Africa are encouraged to have five or more unstamped pages in their passport.
Transportation: In/Out and Within Namibia:
Namibia’s national airline, Air Namibia, offers flights from New York City and Europe as well as flights within the country. British Airways, South African Airways, and LTU also fly to the Namibia. In Windhoek, you’ll find a local bus service, a fleet of taxis, and a luxury bus line that connects to many of the country's regions as well as to South Africa. Rental cars are available at the airport (WDH) as well as in Windhoek’s city center. An international driving permit is required for renting a car.
You can use a GSM mobile phone, if you have one, in Namibia. Most international phone companies provide roaming coverage to the country’s urban areas.
Safety and Security
Travelers looking to cross into Angola from Namibia should do so only at official border crossings. Crime directed at foreigners is unusual in Namibia, but travelers should still remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Look for taxis that display the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) logo.
The U.S. Department of State’s consular website has a great deal of information about safety and security in Namibia
. It can’t be repeated often enough: be sensible when you travel. Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created a security ratings system called the Ibrahim Index
, wherein scores are based on each country’s quality of government. Before traveling to Namibia or anywhere on the continent, check the index and do your research.