Getting There – Namibia

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Travel Alert

Travel restrictions and additional entry requirements may apply for Namibia due to the coronavirus pandemic and if so, can change from day-to-day. Please visit our coronavirus page to stay informed about the latest developments.

Travel Alert

There are few direct flights to Namibia, and most people have a stopover in OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) Johannesburg, South Africa. Some of the main airlines flying to Johannesburg have add-on connections. This often includes an overnight in Johannesburg.

Namibia's main airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) located 40km/25mi east of Windhoek, the capital. Onward travel is either by small aircraft or car. Because of excellent roads and safety in Namibia, many people choose the self-drive option. In most other cases, your local tour operator will arrange pick-up from the airport and all further transportation as part of the tour.

Flights & Airlines to Namibia

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to Namibia and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Airlines & Flights in Namibia

Most domestic flights are operated by Air Namibia from Windhoek's Eros Airport (ERS). Small charter flights are frequently used to travel between lodges and parks. Charter flights are usually booked through your tour operator as part of the safari-package.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local Namibia embassy to verify the information below is current.

  • A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months.
  • All foreign visitors will need to carry a return or onward ticket.
  • Citizens from most countries do not require a visa and will get a 30-day entry permit on arrival.
  • Children (under 18 years of age) must have a certified copy of their full, unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport to enter Namibia. If a child is traveling with only one parent, or no parents, the child must have an affidavit from the missing parent(s), which gives their consent for the child to travel.

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