Borders to reopen on 1 September

Safety protocols are in place for the resumption of leisure travel to Namibia next month.

27 August 2020 | Tourism

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta has announced that Namibia's borders will reopen on 1 September in an effort to revive the tourism sector.

The borders were closed, except for Namibian citizens, permanent residency holders and diplomats, to stem the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus.

Entry into the country will only be allowed via Hosea Kutako International Airport, Shifeta said

“All travellers must present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result, not older than 72 hours before boarding the plane, to be allowed to enter Namibia,” he said.

“All travellers will be required to stay for seven days at their first tourist facility of booking, which must be duly registered with the Namibia Tourism Board and certified by the ministry of health and social services. The tourists must proceed directly to their first accommodation from the airport and no overnight or stopovers are permitted,” he said.



Protocols

According to Shifeta, all tourism establishments must observe the general health and safety protocols as stipulated by the ministry of health and social services.

“Detailed Covid-19 protocols for all operations in the tourism sector have been put in place by the Namibia Tourism Board. All tourism and hospitality establishments, facilities and enterprises must prior to receiving guests obtain a health certification licence or a permit in compliance with the provision of the protocols for the international tourism revival initiative,” the minister said.

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