Still current at: 07 January 2011
Updated: 11 October 2010
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Health section (recommendation for meningitis vaccine if travelling to Katutura Township in Windhoek) and to the Safety and Security - Crime and Local Travel sections (editorial amendments). The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in Namibia. (see travel advice legal disclaimer)
You should avoid driving outside towns at night as wildlife and stray livestock pose a serious hazard.
There is a growing level of violent street crime affecting foreign tourists, particularly in Windhoek.
If travelling along the Caprivi Strip, stick to the well-travelled routes.
You should carry identification with you at all times. A photocopy of the relevant pages from your passport is sufficient.
There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
Approximately 28,000 Britons visited Namibia in 2008 (Source: Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs). Most visits to Namibia are trouble-free. See General - Consular Assistance Statistics.
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General Insurance.
Local Time: Mon-Thurs: 0800-1300 / 1400-1700 Fri: 0800-1200
The British High Commission answer machine (+264 61 274800) gives an emergency contact number which redirects straight through to the Foreign Office's Global Response Centre in London. Calls are charged at local call rates.