Travel information Namibia

  • Capital: Windhoek
  • Official language: English
  • Population: 2.2 Mio.
  • Surface: 824,116 km²

English is the official language. Furthermore Afrikaans, German, Herero, Ovambo, Damara, Nama and further African tribal languages are spoken.


For Namibia no vaccinations are required. Malaria-prophylactics are only necessary if you are planning to visit areas north of the Etosha Park or in the Caprivi. It is most essential to cover yourself from mosquito bites, since no remedies offer total protection. If you have been to a malaria area, watch out for symptoms and see a doctor immediately if they arise to get medication as early as possible. It is best to contact your local Travel Clinic before traveling to Namibia.


The southern winter (May - September) in Namibia is characterised by pleasant day temperatures (about 25°C), while the nights are very cold; often below zero. You should bring both, summer clothes and warm jerseys. During the summer months, day temperatures can soar to well over 30°C while night brings little relief. For the summer months you will need light and airy clothes; sun-hats, sun-glasses, sun-tan lotion and firm shoes are indispensable at any time of the year. Rain gear is normally only needed from September to May.


The Namibian Banks allow you to exchange all freely convertible currencies into the local curreny, the Namibian Dollar. Travelers' checks and foreign checks are accepted NOWHERE in Namibia. At bigger bank branches you find ATMs, where you can draw money with a credit or Maestro card. The banks are usually open on weekdays from 9:00 to 15:30. Some are closed at midday between 13:00 and 14:00 pm. The Namibian Dollar is on par with the South African Rand (1:1). In Namibia you can generally pay with credit cards (Visa and Mastercard), but not at filling stations. The South African Rand is also legal tender in Namibia. However the Namibian Dollar is NOT accepted in South Africa.

Travel health insurance

We highly recommend the conclusion of a travel health insurance.


The voltage in Namibia is 220-230 V, AC (identical to South Africa). Adapters are for sale at most supermarkets and often available at accommodation establishments.


In the Namibian summer (September-April), time is ahead of Central Europe (MET) for an hour, while in the Namibian winter winter (April-September), it falls an hour behind Central Europe (MET).

Entry requirements:

Visitors from the European Union, Switzland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavian countries, Russia, Brazil, Japan and the most southern African countries do not need a visa for a stay of a maximum duration of 90 days at this time of writing. Only a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months ahead on the intended departure date) is needed. Please check with your consulate for updated information.