Namibia individual travel
NIT Safety Protocols

COVID-19 UPDATE 7 DECEMBER 2021

Covid-19 cases are again increasing in Namibia. We currently have an average of 200 new infections per day and this is increasing.

It appears as if the Omicron variant has arrived in Namibia as it has in most countries in the world. Fortunately all the evidence thus far points to a milder infection than the Delta variant although the research is still in the early stages.

Flight schedules have not been seriously affected meaning that you can fly to Namibia from Frankfurt or from Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. All you require is a PCR test not older than 7 days. Up to now Namibia is allowing both vaccinated and un-vaccinated travelers to visit Namibia.

For Swiss guests the Swiss government has recently decided to allow Swiss nationals to return to Switzerland from Namibia and other countries without having to quarantine.

Entry into Switzerland: Quarantine rule lifted, stricter testing requirementAt its meeting, the Federal Council also amended the rules on entry. With effect from Saturday, 4 December, there will be no countries on the quarantine list.

In order to continue to prevent the new Omicron variant from entering the country as far as possible, a stricter testing regime will now apply for all arrivals into Switzerland. This testing requirement also applies to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease. In addition to taking a PCR test before travelling, a second test (PCR test or rapid antigen test) must be carried out between the fourth and seventh day after arrival. This test ensures that infected persons who have contracted the virus shortly before or during travel are detected.Test costs must be borne by the traveller.

As tourism numbers are still fairly low, our country is really attractive to visit at the moment. Fortunately most of those working in the Namibian tourism industry are fully vaccinated meaning that provided you wear a mask, avoid crowds and wash your hands regularly, you should be able to enjoy a safe safari to Namibia.

See you in Namibia soon!

Andrew Bassingthwaighte and Franzpeter Ackermann