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Limited opening of borders officially announced

Limited opening of borders officially announced

Niël Terblanché

THE revival of trade, business, and tourism in Namibia has won out over continued lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 with the further opening of certain border entry points.


Confusion on a grand scale has been cleared up, and besides the entry point at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, people intent on visiting the country will now also be able to enter and depart from Namibia via road and sea.


The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Frans Kapofi issued a short but bold statement in which he listed the other entry points that have been opened.


The step by the home affairs minister follows two days of intense discussion and eventual decisions taken by Cabinet to revive normal trade and business practices as well as the tourism industry that has been left on the brink of total collapse by the continued closure of borders at the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia during March.


Kapofi said entry and departure by road will be possible through the Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei, Noordoewer border posts while entry and departure will be possible through the entry point at the Walvis Bay harbour.


According to the statement, the opening of the border posts have been done in terms of Regulation 8(3)(b) of the Public Health COVID-19 General Regulations of the Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015.


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