NAMIBIA has exempted nationals of certain countries from visa requirements when traveling into the country.
Speaking at the tenth Cabinet Decision making meeting, information minister, Stanley Simataa, stated that Namibia issue visas to foreign nationals upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport and eliminate hassles for foreign nationals who wish to enter Namibia but had a difficult time doing so due to beaurocratic red tape.
He added that this move will also bring Namibia closer to the dream of ‘One Africa’, where trade and movement of people within the region is unhindered.
Holders of diplomatic and official passports from the following countries will be allowed entry into the country without visas: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Foreign nationals exempted from visa requirements when traveling to Namibia on holiday/tourism purposes will include: Angola, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Congo Brazzaville (holders of diplomatic and service passports only), Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana (holders of diplomatic and service passports only), Hong Kong, Iceland, India (holders of diplomatic and official passports up to 3 months), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kryrgyzstan, Liechtentein, Lesotho, Luxemburg, Macua (SAR), Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria (holders of diplomatic and official passports up to 3 months), Norway, Poland (holders of diplomatic and official passports up to 3 months) Portugal, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey (holders of diplomatic and official passports only); Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (holders of diplomatic and official passports only), Zambia and Zimbabwe .
The Ministry of ICT, however, warned tourists against coming to the country without visas due to the congestion at an already trouble ridden Hosea Kutako International Airport.