Namibia — Visas and Vaccinations
The most current visa information can be found on the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, DC (http://www.namibianembassyusa.org) which lists which nationalities have to obtain a visa to visit Namibia. Generally, Namibia charges US $50 for a single entry tourist visa, which is valid for three months. The amount can be paid by cash, money order or certified check. Nationals from the US, Canada, UK, and Australia do not need a travel visa.
Health and Safety
According to the US State Department, crime is unfortunately a big problem in Namibia. Most of this is property crimes that includes pick-pocketing, purse snatching, vehicle theft, and vehicle break-ins. These incidents often happen in busy areas, such business districts or crowded tourist attractions. ATM and credit card fraud can also occur. These incidents can usually be avoided by using common sense. Always stay alert and avoid dark and isolated areas at night. It is also wise to only take registered taxis and to inspect ATMs before using them.
Health insurance is necessary when traveling to Namibia. It is also a good idea to consult your doctor about immunizations and items that should be in your first aid kit. Namibia’s hot and dry climate has been known to cause skin problems and dehydration. Bringing sunscreen and a regular supply of drinking water is highly recommended. Special precautions must be taken against diphtheria, hepatitis A, malaria, tetanus, and typhoid. Also recommended are vaccinations against hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis, and tuberculosis.