Covid-19 Updates in Namibia
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As of Saturday 15th January 2021, only travelers with Covid-19 certificates obtained on the Trusted Travel Platform or verified on the Global Haven systems will be allowed to exit or enter Namibia.
Before departure travelers are required to verify that the laboratory which is conducting the PCR test is registered on the TTS system. The results will be sent via email or text message with a link to the PanaBios website where they are able to access their TTS code and create a QR code on the website.
– As of the 17th March 2022 fully vaccinated persons are NOT required to present a negative PCR test upon entering the border. Instead, a valid vaccination certificate is to be presented upon entry.
– Children under the age of 6 years also do NOT need a PCR test to enter the country
– Tourists may be required to present a full travel itinerary including proof of confirmation of bookings must be presented on demand to authorised officials at ports of entry or roadblocks.
– If tourists test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Namibia, they will be taken to MOHSS identified isolation facilities and quarantined at their own cost.
– No rapid tests for COVID-19 are accepted at the point on entry
Covid-19 restrictions & regulations
The COVID-19 restrictions in Namibia change on a regular basis.
As of 17th March 2022, the following restrictions apply:
– No curfew is in place anymore
– Wearing of masks is NOT mandatory anymore. However the public is encouraged to wear masks in closed spaces.
Covid-19 testing facilities in Namibia
There are various facilities where you can get tested for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Namibia.
Based on the regulations of the country you are traveling to, choose to either get the PCR test or the Rapid test.
Namibia Central Pathology
The staff was super friendly in our experience and even picked up my calls after-hours for an emergency case.
Went the next morning and our guests did the Travellers test at 08:15AM and we collected the test results at 11:25AM.
That’s right they actually offer a 3-hour turnaround time for COVID-19 PCR testing in Namibia!
NCP can either e-mail you the results or you can collect the original, stamped certificate at the lab.
Pathcare Namibia provides specialist, accredited pathology diagnostic testing and has branches in Windhoek, Ongwediva, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay for travellers convenience. There’s no need to collect your test results as Pathcare will email you a watermarked COVID-19 test result that can be printed out anywhere.
Covid Test Nam
‘Covid Test Nam‘ opened a testing centre at the Windhoek/Okahandja roadblock. A second mobile drive-through facility was set up at the roadblock between Windhoek and Rehoboth, offering especially the tourists convenient, safe, and efficient testing services on their way back to the Capital to catch their flight out of Namibia.
Frequently asked questions around COVID-19 in Namibia
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A negative PCR test not older than 72 hours is only required for non-vaccinated visitors. People who are fully vaccinated can only present their vaccination card upon entry.
There are multiple registered COVID-19 testing facilities including NCP, Pathcare Namibia, Namibia Insititute of Pathology (NIP), Rennies Travel, OSH-Med, Namdeb Laboratory, Namib Poultry Lab, UNAM Laboratory, and more. Namibia Central Pathology (NPC) offers the most reliable service in our experience.
This depends on what testing facility you are planning to use. The average turnaround time ranges from 24-36hours for PCT tests and less than 5 hours for rapid tests. NCP offers PCR tests with a turnaround time of 3 hours in Windhoek.
Testing in Windhoek can conveniently be done at the Namibia Central Pathology lab which offers a turnaround time of 3 hours for PCR tests for travellers and less than 24 hours for the normal PCR test.
There is also Pathcare Namibia which offers COVID-19 PCR tests and rapid tests in Windhoek, Ongwediva, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo, Swakopmund, and Walvis Bay. Test results are sent to you via e-mail and are watermarked so they can be conveniently printed out and don’t require to be collected.
If tested positive, you will have to isolate at an authorized establishment or you will be placed in an establishment that is authorized as a quarantine facility by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. This will be done at your own costs and you are only allowed to leave back home once you have tested negative for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
Namibia is very limited cases of COVID-19 and therefore all restrictions previously imposed have been removed as of 17th March 2022. As such, the risk to get COVID-19 in Namibia is very low.