23Aug/13

Counrty information for Namibia!

No airport departure taxes are charged.

 

Security in Namibia

Exercise standard safety measures against crime. Keep valuables safe and out of sight at all times. Try to travel during daylight only and avoid travelling alone. Watch out for ATM and credit card fraud and diamond scams. Beware of the danger of crime at rural rest stops. It is safer to use radio taxis belonging to the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association. Follow rules in game parks. Beware of elephants in the Kavango and Caprivi areas. Be alert when driving on unpaved rural roads. Avoid taking photographs of State House or any building guarded by military personnel, and find out about regulations for photography in areas of the country where a permit is needed for entry. Drug crimes are treated harshly. Always have a copy of your passport with you. The emergency police number in Swakopmund is 064-10111.

Vaccinations in Namibia

Compulsory: People older than one year travelling from risk areas (not SA), and passengers who have transited through a risk area on an unscheduled flight need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Babies under one year may be placed in observation.

Recommended: Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, polio, tetanus and typhoid

Immunisation against diphtheria, rabies and tuberculosis may be advised. There is a risk of malaria in northern and some other parts of the country, prophylaxis (not Chloroquine) is recommended if visiting those areas. Take care to prevent mosquito bites and use insect repellents. Consult a doctor if suffering from flu-like symptoms or a fever up to a year after visiting a malaria region. There is a risk of cholera in some areas, where you should exercise good hygiene practises, only use water that is bottled or has been boiled and order drinks without ice. Contact a doctor urgently if experiencing diarrhoea. There is a risk of bilharzia. It is not advisable to spend time in fresh water. Practise standard preventive measures against HIV/AIDS infection. Private medical services in Windhoek are adequate. The emergency number in Swakopmund is 064-10111. It is recommended that travellers see a healthcare professional or travel clinic no less than six weeks before departure.

Currency in Namibia

1 Namibian Dollar (NAD) = 100 cents. Latest Exchange Rate: NAD1 = ZAR1 (05 Aug 2013 00:00). SA rands are also accepted as legal tender at par with NAD. Exchange currency at banks and bureaux de change. Major credit cards are can be used at many establishments, except petrol stations. Although ATMs can be found in most towns, it’s worth making sure that you’ve got enough cash handy at all times, as towns can be few and far between. Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged in banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, take traveller’s cheques in US dollars or South African rands. In general, you can expect a better exchange rate for traveller’s cheques than for cash. Travellers with cash passports are advised to check with their cash passport issuer whether or not they will be accepted in Namibia.

Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-15:30; Sat 09:00-11:00. Some banks close for lunch during the week.



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