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Namibian Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements
Any persons visiting Namibia must be in possession of a
valid passport from the country of thier origin.
The passport must be valid for more than six months from the date
of entry into Namibia.
A return or onward travel ticket and adequate financial means are
You must ensure that your travel documents are in order before
leaving your country of residence.
Namibia Immigration Officials are very strict regarding the validity
of travel documents. Should your passport expiry date or particulars
not comply with the requirements of the Immigration Control Regulations,
you may find yourself being detained and then placed on the next
available flight out of the country.
A maximum period of 30 days is permitted for Business Visitors
A maximum period of 90 days is permitted for Tourist Visitors
Extensions to these periods can be applied for from the above Ministry
Unabridged Birth Certificate For Minors
From 1 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa
will require all passengers under 18 to travel with an Unabridged
What is it?
A new immigration law is coming into effect on 1 June 2015.
Under the new law, all minors under the age of 18 years will be
required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged
Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when
exiting and entering South African ports of entry.
Why is it happening?
This is being done to curb human trafficking. According to the Department
of Home Affairs, 30 000 minors are trafficked through South African
borders every year. 50% of these minors are under the age of 14.
When the new immigration regulation comes into effect on 1 June,
it will be the responsibility of passengers to ensure their children
have the correct documentation or risk being denied boarding. The
new law will be enforced by airlines and immigration officials across
the board (land, sea and air). Although airlines and travel agents
are doing everything to keep passengers informed, ultimately it
will be passengers’ responsibility to know what is required
In all cases an Unabridged Birth Certificate will be required for
minors departing and arriving in South Africa ... they will not
be allowed to travel without it. In cases where the Unabridged Birth
Certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied
by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country
Children travelling with only one parent
When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents
should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent
for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities
or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of
the absent parent. The affidavit should be no more than 3 months
old from date of travel.
Children travelling without either parent
In the case of a child travelling with a person other than a parent,
the Unabridged Birth Certificate must be supplemented by affidavits
from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may
travel with that person, copies of the ID documents or passports
of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the
parents or legal guardian.
Similarly, a child travelling as an unaccompanied minor would have
to produce not only the Unabridged Birth Certificate, but also proof
of consent from both parents or legal guardians and contact details,
plus documentation relating to the person receiving the child in
South Africa. The latter documentation should include a letter stating
the person’s contact details and residential address, contact
details where the child will be residing, plus a copy of his or
her ID document, passport or residence permit.
Application process for Unabridged Birth Certificates
· Apply at your nearest Home Affairs office where your Biometric
information will be verified.
· Take your ID book along, as well as your child's ID number.
· All documents submitted must be originals or certified
· The Unabridged Birth Certificate costs R75.
· It can take up to 8 weeks to acquire an Unabridged Birth
Certificate from the date of application.
Since last year, Unabridged Birth Certificates have been issued
automatically for newborns. If your infant was born after 14 March
2013, you should be in possession of a UBC.
Certified copies of documents are usually valid for 6 months only.
Don't delay applying for Unabridged Birth Certificates as the time
frame for obtaining the documentation varies greatly, from a few
weeks to several months.
Minors travelling in school groups or with their grandparents are
not exempt from the requirement.
Who is exempt?
· The new law does not apply to children travelling domestically
(E.g. Between Johannesburg and Cape Town).
· Minor passengers on a 'Cruise to Nowhere'. For example
a cruise that departs Durban Harbour and returns to Durban Harbour,
or a cruise that goes from Durban Harbour to Cape Town Harbour.
Department of Home Affairs toll free hotline: 0800 60 11 90
Visas are not required for tourists from the following
1 Angola, 2 Australia, 3 Austria, 4 Belgium, 5 Botswana, 6 Brazil,
7 Canada, 8 Cuba, 9 Denmark, 10 Finland, 11 France, 12 Germany,
13 Hong Kong (SAR), 14 Iceland, 15 Ireland, 16 Italy, 17 Japan,
18 Kenya, 19 Lesotho, 20 Liechtenstein, 21 Luxembourg, 22 Macau,
23 Malawi, 24 Malaysia, 25 Mozambique, 26 Netherlands, 27 New Zealand,
28 Norway, 29 Portugal, 30 Russian Federation - including the Commonwealth
of Independent States of the former Soviet Union, 31 Singapore,
32 South Africa, 33 Spain, 34 Swaziland, 35 Sweden, 36 Switzerland, 37
Tanzania, 38 United Kingdom, 39 United States of America, 40 Zambia,
Persons failing to comply shall not be permitted to enter Namibia
by the Immigration officer