Namibia is one of the most interesting countries in Africa for thousands of tourists every year. Its potential is no longer a secret. Despite the security conditions that we will find in other countries in southern Africa, it is safe to travel to Namibia. In fact, it is one of the safest destinations in the region, although we will delve more into it below.

However, this does not mean that we should not take the corresponding precautions when we are visiting the country. So keep reading to discover everything you need to know about it.

Finally, we remind you to check the COVID-19 restrictions set in Namibia so as not to encounter any unforeseen events once you are there. You can do it both on the official website of the country’s embassy and on our COVID-19 map.

Your safety always comes first, and we at InterMundial know that very well. Do not forget to take out travel insurance according to your needs and the type of getaway you plan to make.

Is Namibia a safe country?

The answer is yes, Namibia is a safe country. Unlike other countries like South Africa, your security will not be compromised during the trip. The political situation in the country is quite stable, and no kidnapping or murder of tourists has ever been known to occur.

Of course, urban and more populated areas have a higher crime rate , as is the case in the country’s capital Windhoek. However, this is nothing you can’t prevent with some common sense.

Thefts are not very common, and occur more frequently in urban centers such as Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, where, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, security incidents have also increased. Apart from these measures, no risk zone to be avoided has been established, although extreme precautions are recommended on the border between Namibia and Angola against the possible existence of mines.

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In terms of health, Namibia also differs from the rest of the countries in the region. In the capital you will find good doctors and well-equipped private hospitals . Furthermore, the vast majority of medical care cases that have taken place have been caused by accidents, not disease.

This includes traffic accidents, since the conditions in which the roads are found are not ideal and can occur with considerable frequency. It is best to hire a local guide who knows these roads and with whom you can move around the country in complete safety.

If you prefer to rent a car, we recommend that it be a 4X4 and that you already have some basic notions about how to drive in adverse conditions.

Tips for safe travel to Namibia

Although it is safe to travel to Namibia, one of the most important aspects that you should cover as soon as possible is to get good travel insurance . The Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself advises taking out medical insurance with extensive coverage that includes air travel to Winhoek, or even Spain. This is of great importance as it is a country of long distances and roads in poor condition.

Other reasons why you should get travel insurance is that there is no medical agreement, and also the costs for health care can be quite high . For example, medical expenses in a serious accident can exceed €6,000. In situations where you are more vulnerable, it is best to have good insurance that covers your back.

Also, remember to have travel insurance whose policy includes accidents during your trip, including in the means of transport. You should also not forget that it covers the loss of services, delays or even the cancellation of the trip.Our Totaltravel insurance includes all these assumptions and more. You will be able to adapt it to your needs, and you will know that there is someone who will provide you with the support you need in the event of an unforeseen event.

If it is necessary to present the negative result of the COVID-19 test, the Totaltravel passport insurance  includes the PCR that you will have to carry out to access the country of destination, in this case, Namibia.

Remember that if you are going on a safari, a hike or another adventure sport , InterMundial offers you the option of expanding sports coverage in many of its travel insurances if you take them sporadically. In the event that your objective is to practice these activities in nature, the ideal insurance for you will be Totalsports.

In addition to your travel insurance, don’t forget common sense either. Although it is safe to travel to Namibia, you must continue to apply precautionary measures to avoid accidents or possible upsets. Do not wear any object or article of clothing that could attract attention, such as your camera or a very flashy watch.If you rent a car, make sure you don’t leave it with the doors open and also that you have locked it properly. Do not leave any of your belongings in sight, as there have been cases in which tourists have been distracted to open their car and take any package or object of interest. They also use inhibitors to prevent the doors from closing properly, which is why extreme caution must be exercised.

Although the water is drinkable, it is not recommended to drink from anything other than bottled water . Wash your hands frequently, as well as the fruits and vegetables with which you are going to cook or eat.

Those are our recommendations for your next trip to Namibia. Do not forget to inform yourself at all times of the state in which the country is in and to be up to date with the COVID-19 restrictions. At InterMundial we encourage you to take a look at our travel insurance so that you can find the one that best suits your needs.

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