Covid-19 Updates Namibia

Get the latest information, regulations, and the latest updates around COVID 19 in Namibia.

This page is regularly updated based on amendments and additions to all of the COVID-19 regulations in Namibia published by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Information updated on

November 28, 2021
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Important Notice

The World Health Organization has declared a new coronavirus variant which is named Omicron.
It was first reported to the WHO from South Africa in late November and has since been identified in more countries in Europe and Africa.

Namibia is now classified as a risk area for the new variant.
Travel from Namibia to USA, UK and other countries has been restricted.

Despite the risk area classification, Namibia still records record low numbers related to new COVID-19 cases ranging from 0-21 new cases recorded per day.

Entering Namibia

– Any person who enters Namibia is required to present a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result which is no older than 7 days from the time the sample was taken.

– Fully vaccinated persons are ALSO required to present a negative PCR test no older than 7 days.

– 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 November 2021, the following restrictions apply:

– No curfew is in place anymore

– Social gatherings are limited to 200 people

– Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times in public places and when travelling in vehicles

– Social distancing applies in all public areas (1.5 – 2m )

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
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Namibia Central Pathology is a private lab located behind the Wernhill Shopping Centre in Windhoek.
This was by far the best lab to get a PCR test in our experience. They also have affordable rates!

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
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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
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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.

Other facilities


Frequently asked questions around COVID-19 in Namibia

FAQ’s updated on

November 28, 2021

Yes, a negative PCR Test for COVID-19 no older than 7 days will be required to be presented at arrival in order to enter Namibia.

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.

It is to be noted that there was a massive spike of positive cases during the month of June 2021. as of August 2021 the cases have decreased dramatically and lockdowns have been lifted. It’s best to analyse the current statistics of Namibia to make your own assessment of how risky it is. No guarantees are provided anywhere in the world regarding the contraction of the virus.

Please note that Namibia is as of November 2021 declared a high-risk area due to the new Omicron variant discovered in South-Africa.

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