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Namibia Travel Requirements

Money Matters
The currency used is the Namibian Dollar, which is equivalent to South African Rand. Denominations of N$200.00, N$100.00, N$50.00, N$20.00 and N$10.00 are issued as notes, and N$5.00, N$1.00, 50, 10, 05 cents as coins. The Namibia Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia. However, the Namibia Dollar is not legal tender in South Africa.

Credit cards such as MasterCard and International Visa are generally accepted, while the Speedpoint facility assures quick and sufficient client service. Visitors are advised to clarify with a commercial bank whether other cards are acceptable in Namibia. Further information and assistance can be obtained from any commercial bank.

Traveller’s cheques and foreign currency can be exchange during normal banking hours at any commercial banks in Namibia. There is a Bureau de Change service at Windhoek International Airport.

Entry Formalities
Foreign nationals must be in possession of a valid passport to visit Namibia. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after date of entry. A visa is required for all visitors except nationals of countries with which Namibia has the necessary visa abolition agreement. Visitors are welcome to remain in the country for a period of 90 days, while a business visit may not exceed 30 days. Tourist visas can be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs, at Namibian embassies or at Namibia Tourism offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Personal Safety
Tourists in any country can become targets. In order to make your visit a happy and memorable one, the following precautions should be taken:
•Always keep your vehicle locked.
•Do not leave visible articles in the car and try to keep your vehicle in a secure area.
•Any valuables should be locked away in a safe place.
•Be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pickpockets or suspicious looking persons.
•Make sure your travel insurance covers your valubles.
•Make sure that the number of your travellers cheques are on your receipt and that it is kept in a safe place.
•It is always advisable to take out travellers medical insurance, to be on the safe side.

Most of Namibia is now serviced with automatic telephone services. Some rural region, however, are still serviced by manual exchanges. In such case, dial the exchange code and wait for the operator to reply,then state the desired telephone number.

Time Zone
1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Saving Time is observed September to April.

Fishing and Shark-Catching Regulations
The regulations with respect to fishing may change without prior notice. Fishing is permitted only in the following designated areas: Terrace Bay, Torra Bay, from the Ugab River mouth to Walvis Bay and from Pelican Point to Sandwich Harbour.
There are also rules and regulation governing quantities of the varios species of fish which may be cought and transported, as well as bait which may be used.
Crayfish season: 1 November to 30th April. Again rules apply regarding allowable size and quantity.
Legal restrictions on angling, bait, diving and transportation have been introduced to safeguard the conservation of these resources. These are strictly enforced by inspectors and it is advisable to obtain a copy of the rules and regulations prior to venturing onto the beach areas. Available at tourism offices in Swakopmund,Walvis Bay and Windhoek.

Cellphone Coverage
Cellphone coverage is limited to major towns only. It is difficult to make contact in the event of emergencies and it is recomended that you notify your planned destination of your route and estimated time of arrival.

Precautions in Remote Places.
A few guidelines for the visitors to Kaokoland, Damaraland and other remote areas:

•Beware of crocodiles in the Kunene river.
•Stay on existing roads #45 consider walking to lookout points than driving out a new track since the area has a fragile ecosystem that deserves to be treated with care and respect. Physical damage such as tracks take years to recover.
•It is not advisable to attempt going up the Van Zyl’s Pass.

Health Regulations
The north of Namibia, including Etosha, is a malaria-epidermic area and it is strictly advised that travellers not only the have necessary medication but also carry a suitable lotion or spray to the skin. You are required to consult a doctor or local pharmacy on the correct prophylactics for area of entry. Please be aware of the dangers of bathing in the rivers. Apart from crocodiles and hippos, most rivers in Africa carry the bilharzia pathogene.

Foreign visitors require an international driving licence. Driving is on the left hand side of the road. Speed limits are 60 km/h in towns, 120 km/h on tarred roads, and 100 km/h on gravel roads. Wild animals, especially kudu, running across the road can cause fatal accidents. Take heed of road signs warning about the danger of animals crossing the road.

By Air
Windhoek International Airport caters primarily for international air traffic, while Eros Airport, situated within the municipal boundaries of Windhoek, handles domestic and regional flights.

All major Namibian tourist destinations have airports, landing strips and/or heliports to accommodate holidaymakers travelling by air.

Air Namibia, the national carrier, maintains international flights to Frankfurt and London, and regional flights to Luanda, Lusaka, Harare, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flights to local destinations include Swakopmund and Mokuti Lodge, Tsumeb, Ondangwa, Katima Mulilo, Lüderitz, Keetmanshoop, the Etosha National Park and Walvis Bay.

Foreign airlines providing a service to Windhoek are South African Airways, British Airways/Comair, Air Botswana, Air Zimbabwe, Lufthansa, TAAG and LTU. Local charter companies include Namibia Civil Aviation, Westair Wings and Cedaro Aviation.


Acknowledgements: ASIATRAVELMART.COM

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