28 May 2021

Covid-19: Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests will no longer be accepted for entry into Namibia! [update]

update (04 June 2021): According to International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map, which is powered by Timatic*, the following entry regulations are in place for travellers intending to visit Namibia (as of 03 June 2021):

  1. Passengers must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken at most 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point
    This does not apply to:
    - nationals and residents of Namibia
    - passengers who are 5 years or younger
  2. Passengers must present a completed Travel Health Questionnaire upon arrival. The form can be otained at https://namibiatourism.com.na/uploads/file_uploads/HEALTH%20QUESTIONNAIRE%20FOR%20TOURISM%20REVIVAL%20INITIATIVE%20TRAVELERS.pdf
  3. Travellers must have travel insurance to cover Covid-19 expenses
  4. Passengers are subject to medical screening
  5. Nationals and residents of Namibia could be subject to qurantine 

*Timatic is a database containing documentation requirements for passengers traveling internationally via air. It is managed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Namibia's Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, announced on the occasion of the 28th Covid-19 briefing on the national response measures on 28 May 2021 that the mitigation measures to combat Covid-19 in Namibia remain in force. According to the Minister, the new amended public health measures will come into effect at 00:00 on 01 June 2021 and will lapse at midnight on 30 June 2021.
The most important change - at least from a traveller's point of view - is that Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests will no longer be accepted for entry into Namibia at any Port of Entry. All travellers entering Namibia are required to produce a SARS CoV-2 PCR negative test result, which is valid for 7 days from the date of speciment collection. Travellers coming from or transisting through hotspot regions such as India are required to repeat the SARS CoV-2 PCR test seven days after arrival in Namibia. Travellers returning to Namibia within seven days will not be required to present a negative SARS CoV-2 PCR test result from the country of departure.

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