Namibia is the first of the SADC countries to open its borders to international tourists.
With the warmth of spring heating things up in Southern Africa, we have the first GOOD NEWS for Volunteers looking at making a change in Africa. Namibia has opened its borders to visitors! This is an incredibly positive step for Southern African countries, and one which we have been looking forward to for months!
The Namibian government announced the reopening of its borders as of Tuesday, 01 September 2020. This means that as flights start arriving to South Africa’s northern neighbour, volunteers will once again be welcomed in this beautiful country
There are several entry requirements which must be met:
- Entry into Namibia will only be possible via Hosea Kutako International Airport
- All travellers must have a negative PCR Covid 19 result not older than 72 hours before boarding their flight to Namibia
- All travellers must complete an epidemiological questionnaire, which is to be handed in to the health staff on ground at the airport (GHV will provide this form to all volunteers)
- All travellers will be required to stay for 7 days at their first location and can partake in all normal activities.
On arrival at Namibian Wildlife and Namibian Medical projects:
- All travellers must get a Namibian telephone number for contact tracing purposes. SIM card and top up credit can be purchased at the project on arrival, OR at the airport.
- All travellers will receive temperature screening and will need to complete the contact tracing form, this will be done in the project office on arrival
- On day 5 volunteers will be retested for COVID-19 on site by Dr Rudie Van Vuuren, test results will be shared on day 7, after which visitors will be permitted to travel onwards if results are negative. If results are positive, they will need to stay in a government isolation facility at own expense. Please note, the onsite testing will incur a cost of N$1,700 per person
Visitors may participate in all activities offered as normal, but are not permitted to leave the premises until after 7th day
- The great news is that the project IS a government registered isolation facility and so any such isolation period can be done at the project.
- Should any medical care be needed the project will arrange access to the best medical facilities in Namibia.
We are all very excited about this latest update and are looking forward to the return of our wonderful volunteers to Namibia.
This means that all volunteer bookings for Good Hope Volunteers will continue AS NORMAL to the Medical and Wildlife project in Namibia. And any existing bookings from September 1 2020 are permitted to travel to Namibia to participate in their projects.
Vanessa Randon (Programme Manager)
The Good Hope Volunteer Team
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