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For you to travel to Namibia for tourism or any other business, you need to obtain a visa. For our purposes, we'll focus on how you can get a visitor/ordinary visa that caters to the interests of tourism.

From the biggest dunes to the rich wildlife, history and culture, you will find that there is so much you can do and enjoy in Namibia.

Unless your country is indicated as a visa-exempt country, you will need to obtain a visa before you can enter Namibia. Some countries' citizens can get a visa on arrival at any of the land ports of entry or the airport.

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Namibia Visa Requirements

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity beyond your intended visit.
  • 2 passport-type photographs (should be recent)
  • Self-addressed pre-paid mail envelope
  • Visa fees (cash included with documents)
  • A letter stating the nature of your visit
  • complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of adequate funds
  • Invitation letter from Namibian resident.
  • Hotel reservation or tour/safari confirmation

Namibia Visa Fee

Depending on whether you will be entering Namibia once or several times, you will end up paying the following visa fees. The visas are valid for 3 months.

  • 50 USD for a single entry.
  • 100 USD for multiple entries.

Namibia Visa Process

Namibia's Visa process is a manual one. The required documents can be obtained and mailed (not e-mail) to your nearby local embassy.

The processing then takes around 3 working days and the documents can be mailed back to you using the included self-addressed and pre-paid envelope.

Citizens of visa-exempt countries do need to apply. They can simply travel to Namibia with a valid passport and the other requirements for presenting at the port of entry.

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Namibia Visa Exemption

Citizens of the following countries can visit Namibia without needing a visa.

Namibia Visa-exemption for up to 90 days
Angola France Luxembourg Singapore
Armenia Germany Macau South Africa
Australia Hong Kong Malaysia Spain
Austria Iceland Malawi Sweden
Azerbaijan Indonesia Mauritius Switzerland
Belarus Ireland Moldova Tajikistan
Belgium Italy Mozambique Tanzania
Botswana Jamaica Netherlands Turkmenistan
Brazil Japan New Zealand Ukraine
Canada Kazakhstan Norway United Kingdom
Cuba Kenya Portugal United States
Denmark Kyrgyzstan Russia Uzbekistan
Eswatini Lesotho Seychelles Zimbabwe
Finland Liechtenstein Zambia  

Namibia Visa On Arrival

The citizens of the following countries can apply for a visa on arrival. This only applies to visitor visas and other visa types (for example businesses) have to follow the above procedure.

Visitors can get their visas on arrival that last up to 3 months/90 days.

Namibia Visa on arrival for up to 90 days
Benin Côte d'Ivoire Liberia Slovakia
Bulgaria Czech Republic Madagascar South Korea
Burkina Faso Djibouti Mexico Thailand
Burundi Equatorial Guinea Nicaragua Togo
Cape Verde Eritrea Nigeria Tunisia
Cambodia Gabon Poland Turkey
Cameroon The Gambia Romania Uganda
Central African Republic Guinea Rwanda United Arab Emirates
Chad Guinea-Bissau São Tomé and Príncipe Venezuela
Chile Hungary Sierra Leone Vietnam


Here are some things to have in mind if you are travelling with children below the age of 18 years.

  • A valid passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • An unabridged birth certificate showing the names of both parents
  • If travelling with one parent - the signed consent of the other parent/guardian
  • If travelling with neither parent - signed consent by both parents guaranteeing temporary guardianship is needed


  • The government of Namibia reserves the right to grant or deny you a visa of entry.
  • Possession of a visa is not the final authority/guarantee to enter Namibia
  • Visa processing fees are non-refundable
  • Visa exemption terms can be changed at any time, make sure to confirm with a government source before you travel.

Final Thoughts

There is so much to see and do in Namibia that you should prepare your visa ahead of time such that your focus can be directed to the endless attractions.

While the process of getting your visa is somewhat manual, you will forget all about that once you set foot in Namibia and meet the people, see the sights and feel the vastness.

We try to make sure that this information is current, relevant, and correct at all times. Since the visa terms can be changed at any time without prior information to us, we advise that you always confirm with an official government body before you apply.

This is to make sure you provide all the right information at once.

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