Information for British travellers


National Day: 21 March

Windhoek: British High Commission
Address: P O Box 22202
116 Robert Mugabe Avenue
Telephone: (264) (61) 274800
Facsimile: (264) (61) 228895
Office Hours (GMT): Mondays - Thursdays: 0600-1100 / 1200-1500
Fridays: 0600-1000 (April - September)
Mondays-Thursdays: 0700-1200 / 1300-1600
Fridays: 0700-1100 (September - April)

Windhoek: British Council

Address: 1 - 5 Fidel Castro str.
P O Box 13392
Telephone: (264) (61) 226776, 226435, 226878
Facsimile: (264) (61) 227530
Office Hours (GMT): Mondays -Thursdays: 0600-1100 / 1200-1500
Fridays: 0600-1000 (April - September)
Mondays - Thursdays: 0700-1200 / 1300-1600
Fridays: 0700-1100 (September - April)

Windhoek: Department For International Development (DFID) Field Office
Address: 11th Floor
Sanlam Building
Independence Avenue
PO Box 20689
Telephone: (264) (61) 256294
(264) (61) 256295
Facsimile: (264) (61) 256296
Office Hours (GMT): Mondays - Thursdays: 0600-1100 / 1200-1500
Fridays: 0600-1000 (April - September)
Mondays - Thursdays: 0700-1200 / 1300-1600
Fridays: 0700-1100 (September - April)


Street crime and thefts from vehicles, particularly at service stations, are common. Visitors should stay vigilant and take sensible precautions.
Beware of unlicensed newspaper sellers and hawkers in town centres, they are used to distract attention for pickpockets and bag snatchers; avoid using taxis after dark if possible, and never enter one on your own. 
Do not enter townships at night unless accompanied by someone with local knowledge. 


Although most roads are well maintained, particular care should be taken when driving on roads with a gravel surface. Accidents, some serious, are frequent. Avoid driving at night when wildlife and stray livestock can pose a serious hazard.


Malaria is endemic in the North of Namibia and presents a serious health risk during the rainy season from January - April. Seek medical advice before travelling.

Namibia has the third highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the world. Visitors should be particularly alert to the dangers of casual as well as unprotected sex.

There are good medical facilities in Windhoek. But evacuation from remote areas can take time.


British Citizens can enter Namibia for a holiday or private visit of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry to Namibia.


If possible, secure your passport and other valuable documents in a safe at your accommodation. Keep a separate copy of valuable documents.

It is advisable to carry some form of identification such as a photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport.

Credit cards can be used in Namibian cash machines. Full travel insurance cover, including medical cover, is recommended (medical treatment is very expensive). 

In case of genuine emergency the contact number of the Duty Officer is available through the above number. Please note that a call-out fee is charged for attendance by the Duty Officer out of hours.


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