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Useful Tips

The rugged landscape of Namibia is not as barren as it first appears. Those who look closer will find a varied landscape teeming with life. And there is more to do than you would expect. To make the best of your trip, the following tips will ensure that your visit goes down without a hitch.

Left-hand side of the road.
International driver's licence is required.

A valid passport (dates valid up to six months after date of departure) and a return ticket is required to the enter the country.
A visa is necessary by all foreign nationals.
Nationals of the following countries, do not need a visa: all Commonwealth Countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and the USA.
The following Commonwealth countries require a visa: Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
A valid and up to date yellow fever vaccination and Yellow Card is required if you are travelling from yellow fever area.
General Information
Electricity is 220-240V, 50 Hz.
Time Zone is Greenwich Mean Time 1and GMT 2 from April to August.
Official language is English, though Afrikaans and German are commonly spoken throughout the country.

Malaria is a problem in certain areas. Consult your local travel clinic for effective prophylactics.
The water in urban areas is safe to drink from the taps. 
DO NOT forget sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses – the Namibian sun is brutal.

The local currency is the Namibia Dollar.
The only legal tender in Namibia is the Namibia Dollar and the South African Rand.
Money can be exchanged at airports or banks.
Credit cards are accepted in most locations.

The summer months from November to February is VERY hot.
It is recommended that you plan your visit for the winter months from March to October when daytime temperatures are cooler.


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