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The Loney Planet Guide has a nice introduction to Windhoek here.

 

FLYING TO WINDHOEK

Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport, which is about 40km east of the city centre, serves most international flights into and out of Windhoek. Air Namibia operates flights daily between Windhoek and Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as daily flights to and from Frankfurt. Direct services to Amsterdam are also due to begin. Several airlines including Air Namibia also offer international services to and from Maun, Botswana, and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

 

GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY

Taxis are available at the airport but if you would like our agent to arrange transfers please see the accommodation booking form. The time to and from the airport is approximately 45 minutes.

 

VISAS

Please note that the following information is correct at the time of writing (November 2017), however it is worth checking the current visa requirements before travelling to Namibia.

All visitors require a passport to enter Namibia. This passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket.

Minimum Requirements for Tourists exempted from visa requirements to enter Namibia:

  • Be in possession of a valid passport which is valid for at least 6 months beyond intended departure date from Namibia
  • Be in possession of valid return / onward air ticket or proof of other means of transportation enabling him to leave Namibia
  • Entry into Namibia will be permitted for a maximum period of 90 days, (extension possible on application to The Ministry of Home Affairs during stay in Namibia.)

Visitors from the following countries do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days:

Angola, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, the Scandinavian countries, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For visitors from other countries, please check with your nearest Namibian Consulate about obtaining a visa.

 

CURRENCY

Namibia uses the Namibian Dollar (N$) and this is linked on a one to one exchange with the South African Rand (ZAR). The Rand is legal tender in Namibia.

Check the current exchange rate here »

 

BANKS & CREDIT CARDS

The main banks in Namibia are Nedbank, Bank Windhoek, Standard Bank and First National Bank.

To exchange money you will need to provide identification in the form usually of your passport. Most banks require to see the original passport. Photocopies even if certified are generally not accepted as identification.

When exchanging money it is more useful to ask for South African Rand (ZAR) the main reason being that if you have Namibian Dollars leftover after your trip if is very difficult to exchange them into your local currency when you return home.

Credit cards are accepted at most supermarkets, restaurants and accommodation establishments in urban Namibia (Visa and Mastercard are most commonly accepted) but outlets in rural areas are more likely to only accept cash payment.

 

VAT

VAT is charged at the rate of 15% on services and goods in Namibia. Tourists who keep receipts for all the goods purchased while travelling in Namibia, can claim VAT back on these on departure. Do note that you will be required to show a valid VAT receipt and the item on which you are claiming before any claims will be processed.

 

TIPPING

A 10% tip is customary in restaurants - and if the waiter has smiled and attempted to communicate this should readily be increased. Tipping in bars is uncommon but appreciated. Porters should be rewarded with a good solid fistful of loose change.

 

TIME ZONE

Namibian time is set at GMT +2. Namibia Winter or Standard Time (one hour in advance of Greenwich Mean Time) applies from the first Sunday of April through to the first Sunday in September.

 

CRIME

The latest advice on safety and security, issued by the British Government, can be checked out here.

 

ELECTRICITY

220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Three pronged plugs are universal, so take an adapter. Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.

 

 

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