Namibia To Open Its Boarders For Tourists

Namibia is set to become the first country in the southern African region to open up its borders to international tourists after the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that followed. The country has cited job loses in the tourism sector as the main reason. President Hage Geingob made this announcement yesterday while sharing that a ministerial taskforce, led by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, would commence an assessment of opening up to international tourism from countries with a lower Covid-19 risk. Pohamba Shifeta, minister of environment, forestry and tourism recently said the tourism industry stands to bleed N$20 billion at the current rate of zero tourist arrivals. The announcement also came with the news that Namibia will move to stage 4 of the lockdown exit strategy early next month, balancing economic operations with the health of Namibians. Geingob said Namibia would allow foreign tourists with COVID-19-free certificates into the country. These tourists would have to be tested for Covid-19 upon entry and undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine period at their own cost. Geingob said although the points of entry would remain closed when Namibia moves to stage 4 from 30 June to 17 September, the government will conduct a targeted international tourism revival initiative from 15 July to 15 August in collaboration with the tourism and hospitality sector.

Namibia is set to become the first country in the southern African region to open up its borders to international tourists after the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that followed. The country has cited job loses in the tourism sector as the main reason. 

President Hage Geingob made this announcement yesterday while sharing that a ministerial taskforce, led by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, would commence an assessment of opening up to international tourism from countries with a lower Covid-19 risk.

Pohamba Shifeta, minister of environment, forestry and tourism recently said the tourism industry stands to bleed N$20 billion at the current rate of zero tourist arrivals. The announcement also came with the news that Namibia will move to stage 4 of the lockdown exit strategy early next month, balancing economic operations with the health of Namibians.

Geingob said Namibia would allow foreign tourists with COVID-19-free certificates into the country. These tourists would have to be tested for Covid-19 upon entry and undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine period at their own cost.

Geingob said although the points of entry would remain closed when Namibia moves to stage 4 from 30 June to 17 September, the government will conduct a targeted international tourism revival initiative from 15 July to 15 August in collaboration with the tourism and hospitality sector.

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