07 January 2021

Namibia: COVID-19 SARS-COV-2 PCR test result valid requirements on entry and related measures! [update]

update (08 January 2021): According to Government Gazette No. 7429, Persons permitted to enter Namibia [under subregulation (2)] may not enter Namibia unless such persons at the time of entering Namibia present to an authorised person a negative SARSCOV-2 PCR test result from the country of departure, which test result -
(a) is  not  older  than  seven  days  calculated  from  the  date  that  the  sample  for  testing was taken; and
(b) was issued by a laboratory that is certified in the country of issue to issue SARSCOV-2 PCR test results.

The Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Germany points out in a posting on its facebook page that Namibia's Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) has issued amended regulations (in Government Notice no. 326 of 23 December 2020) that govern the COVID-19 response measures under the Public Health COVID-19 General Regulations: Public and Environment Health Act, 2015 as published in the Government Gazette 256. According to Regulation 9(1) of the regulations amended, all persons permitted entry into Namibia, should present to an authorised person a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result from the country of departure/origin, issued by a laboratory that is certified to issue SARS-CoV-2 PCR test results in such country.
1. The 72-hours and 7-days SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result validity is counted from the date the sample was taken to the date of arrival in Namibia. If the SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result:
a) is not older than 72 hours, the traveller will not be subjected to mandatory quarantine.
b) Is older than 72 hours but not older than seven (7) days, the traveller will be subjected to supervised quarantine at own cost.
c) Despite provision in (a) and (b) above, citizens and Namibian residence or employment permit holders may enter Namibia without a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result. Travellers without SARS-CoV-2 PCR test results are subjected to mandatory quarantine at designated facilities for seven (7) days at own cost.
d) All persons entering Namibia with a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result post-COVID-19 recovery, must present a de-isolation certificate from the relevant health authority.
2. Namibia does not have SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing requirements for travellers exiting Namibia. Traveller(s) should consult their countries of destination and if so required, test at own cost.

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