THE tourism industry in Namibia has been given another boost after the German Government declared Namibia as a safe travel destination.
A document issued by the Federal Government in Germany states Namibia is no longer a high-risk area which means that travellers that go to or are returning to the country will no longer have to go through a period of quarantine or be subjected to a compulsory test upon arrival.
The German Government bases its assessment of a high-risk country on two steps.
According to the document the first part of the determination is looking at countries or regions where there were less than 50 new infections per 100 000 inhabitants over the past seven days.
The second step entails that qualitative criteria are used to determine whether or not countries or regions that might nominally fall below this threshold but could nonetheless, still present an increased risk of infection.
As part of the second step, particularly the Federal Foreign Office and, where relevant, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, provide quality reports based on reporting by the local German diplomatic representations, which also covers measures taken to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key factors in this assessment are above all the numbers of infection and the type of outbreak (local or wide-spread), testing capacities and the number of tests carried out per capita as well as the measures taken to contain the spread of infection (hygiene regulations and contact tracing).
Similarly, the assessment also takes into account individual countries where reliable information may not be readily available.
The German Government also removed Croatia and Austria from the danger list because of a continued decline in confirmed positive cases over the past 14 days.