Mozambique Namibia Information

NAMIBIA

Country Description: Namibia is a southern African country with a moderately developed economy. Facilities for tourism are good and generally increasing in quality.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: A passport and visa are required. Travelers should obtain the latest information from the Embassy of Namibia at 1605 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, telephone (202) 986-0540, or from the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the U.S. at 135 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10016, telephone (212) 685-2003, fax (212) 685-1561. Overseas inquiries should be made to the nearest Namibian embassy or consulate.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are relatively modern, especially in the city of Windhoek. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not provide for payment of medical service outside the United States. Travelers have found that supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas and medical evacuation coverage has proven useful. For additional health information, travelers can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559. Internet: http://www.cdc.gov.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Some petty crime occurs, and violent crime is on the increase. Travelers should exercise extra caution when traveling near the Angolan border, where banditry is a problem. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to local police and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The pamphlets, "A Safe Trip Abroad" and "Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa" provide useful information on protecting personal security while traveling abroad and on travel in the region in general. Both are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs are strictly enforced. Convicted offenders can expect stiff jail sentences and fines.

Road Safety and In-Country Travel: Roads are generally very good, although care should be taken to avoid hitting wandering wildlife, especially at night. Special caution should be exercised when driving on gravel roads, whose deceptive appearance invites speeding. Many accidents occur when tourists exceed safe speeds on corners and at areas recently damaged by rains. On major roads where there are high speed limits, accidents involving drunk drivers are an increasing problem.

Registration/Embassy Location: U.S. citizens are encouraged to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek at 14 Lossen Street, and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Namibia. The mailing address is Private Bag 12029, Windhoek, Namibia. The telephone number is (264-61) 22-1601, and the fax number is (264-61) 22-9792.

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