update (25 March 2022): Namibia's Ministry of Health and Social Services has released a public notice on "Clarification of a "Fully vaccinated" status as an entry requirement into Namibia".
Namibia's President Dr. Hage G. Geingob announced on the occasion of the 41st Covid-19 briefing on the national response measures on 15 March 2022 that the following new Public Health Regulations will come into force from midnight, 16 March 2022, for a period of 30 days until 15 April 2022.
- Wearing of masks in public places in Namibia is no longer mandatory. However, people who are in close settings, such as public transport, indoor public meetings are encouraged to wear masks. Physical distance of no less than 1 meter must be maintained between persons at all times.
- With regards to the size of public gatherings, for the next dispensation, the size of public gatherings in Namibia will be adjusted from 500 to 1,000 people. This will be applicable to all social gatherings as defined in the regulations, including weddings, funerals, church services and sporting events;
- Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to produce a negative PCR test result upon arrival at a Namibia's Points of Entry, but are instead required to present an authentic, valid vaccination card at Point of Entry.
According to President Geingob, economic data reveals that the volume of foreign tourist arrivals in Namibia remain at only one third of what they were in 2019. This means that the employment-intensive tourism sector which provides direct and indirect employment to approximately 150,000 Namibians, is still in recession. He further announced that as of 15 March 2022, nationally, only 21.4 percent of Namibia's eligible population is fully vaccinated.