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BORDER POST INFORMATION
Length of Stay: Tourists can stay for a maximum of 90 days in Namibia if they can produce a return ticket and their passport is valid for at least another 6 months. The visa is issued at arrival. Make sure right then that enough days for your stay have been granted. Possible errors of the border official will eventually go to your account. Overstaying the permitted period can draw drastic fines.
Passport and Visas: South African passport holders resident to South Africa do not require a visa to visit Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Driver’s License: The South African driver’s license is recognised in Namibia
International Driver’s Permit: Although not compulsory this is recommended for everyone driving in foreign countries.
ZA Sticker: If you’re travelling from South Africa across borders vehicles should bear a ZA sticker which designates that they are foreign vehicles from South Africa. AA Accredited Sales Agent stores and outdoor retailers like Safari Centre will have them available for purchase.
Vehicle Registration/Vehicle License Papers: A certified copy of vehicle registration/vehicle license papers is acceptable at the border posts. Must be accompanied with a letter from the bank giving you authorisation to take the vehicle across the border, and must indicate dates. Both the bank letter and license papers should be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths. If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, please carry an affidavit from the police giving you authorisation from the financial institution/owner to take the vehicle abroad.
Letter of authority: If you are travelling in a rented car or 4×4 across borders, you have to have a letter from the rental company giving you permission to take the vehicle out of the country. You do not need police clearance for this.
Namibia-South Africa Border Crossings:
- The road users’ fee is R220 for a normal car with an additional amount of R140 for a trailer or a camper
- You can pay with South African rands, Namibian dollars or a credit card
- Take cash in case the card machines are offline
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD)
Credit / Debit Card: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit Card Company for details of merchant acceptability and other services, which may be available. Please note, service stations do not accept credit for petrol. Plan accordingly.
Currency Restrictions: The import and export of local currency is limited to NAD 50,000. The import of foreign currency by visitors is unlimited, provided it is declared upon arrival. Export of foreign currency is unlimited up to the amount imported and declared as long as the departure is within 12 months. No limits exist for travel between Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland as these countries are members of the same common monetary area.
Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-15:30, Sat 09:00-11:00.
Time Zone: Cape Town is 1 hour ahead of Namibia
Tax and Customs: General Sales Tax (GST) in Namibia is 15% on goods and services. Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or excise duty on luxury items. Visitors may reclaim VAT at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport and Walvis Bay Airport.