Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa and Diners are accepted throughout the country. However shops in remote areas and service stations only accept cash.
The Namibian Dollar (N$) and the South African Rand are the only leagal tender in Namibia. The two currencies are on par. Foreign currency, travelers and personal cheques can be converted to the Namibian Dollar at any bank or Bureau de Change.
Tap water is safe and potable in Namibia, unless specifically stated at particular locations. Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times. Mineral water and ice are readily available at service stations and shops.
Duty Free Imports:
Visitors may import duty free 400 Cigaretts or 50 Cigars or 250g Pipe Tabacco; 2 litres wine; 1 litre Spirit or other alcoholic beverages; 50ml Perfume; 250ml Toilet Water.
All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3 pin, 15 amp type.
The Chief Hosea Kutako Airport (Windhoek International Airport), 45 km (28 miles) east of the capital, is the major point of entry into Namibia. There are landing strips throughout the country and air-charter services are available in Windhoek and Swakopmund (coastal town).
Flights from USA:
Flights depart on a daily basis from Atlanta, Chicago and New York to Johannesburg. There is also a daily connecting flight between Johannesburg and Windhoek International Airport (Chief Hosea Kutako Airport). Please contact DELTA AIRLINE International flight division for more information.
Flights from Europe:
Direct flights are available from Frankfurt (Germany) or London (England) to Windhoek, Namibia. Other destinations in Europe can be routed through Johannesburg where daily connecting flights are available to Windhoek, Namibia. Please contact your travel agent for further details.
In summer, Namibian Standard Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and the same as South African Standard Time; in winter, Namibian Standard Time is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and thus one hour behind South African Standard Time. Summer time commences at 02:00 on the first Sunday of September; wintertime commences on the first Sunday of April.
Vaccinations against smallpox, cholera and yellow fever are not required. However, visitors travelling from or through countries where yellow fever is endemic must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination. This requirement does not apply to air travelers in transit. Contact your outfitter for further medical details or your local medical practitioner. No major vaccinations are required.
All visitors to Namibia must be in possession of a valid passport. Temporary residence permits for visitors are issued on arrival and allow tourists a period of 90 days per year in the country. Bona fide tourists and business travelers of the following countries are exempted from visa requirements: Angola, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Mozambique, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zimbabwe. Visitors are, however, advised to confirm visa requirements with their travel agent.