The Namibia Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism has announced the implementation of new protocols guiding the international tourism revival initiative in the country.
The protocols will come into effect from 1 September 2020, which will coincide with the re-opening of Hosea Kutako International Airport to international tourists.
Addressing media and stakeholders, Pohamba Shifeta, Namibia’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism emphasised that this initiative targets leisure travellers and will be reviewed bi-weekly and amended if necessary as implementation proceeds.
All visitors will be required to adhere to the prevailing safety and health regulations in terms of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
The implementation protocols contain detailed information and guidance to both visitors and accommodation establishments and the tourism industry at large. The protocols provide information on:
1. Entry requirements
2. Requirements for Local Tourism Industry Service Providers
3. Requirements for Airlines
4. Testing / Screening on Arrival
5. Transfer from Airport to Tourist Accommodation
6. Seclusion Requirements
7. Tracing and Case Management
8. Visa Requirements
To read the full statement by the minister, click here and the view the Checklist for Assessment of Accommodation Establishments Under the Tourism Revival Initiative, click here.
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