Namibia introduces visa-on-arrival program at Walvis Bay Harbour


The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security (MHAISS) has introduced a visa-on-arrival program at Walvis Bay Harbour, effective immediately.

According to the Ministry, the move aims to streamline entry procedures, making Namibia a more accessible destination for visitors while maintaining strong security measures.

The initiative eliminates the need for prior visa applications, reducing bureaucratic hurdles and waiting time for travelers.

“Consequently, it positions Namibia as a more welcoming and tourist-friendly destination, poised to attract a broader spectrum of both visitors and investors. As a crucial entry point for maritime trade and tourism, Walvis Bay Harbour’s role in driving economic prosperity cannot be overstated,” the Ministry said.

The visa-on-arrival regime also extends beyond Walvis Bay Harbour, with travelers also able to obtain visas upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, and specific border posts throughout the country.

The announcement comes as the tourism Ministry had called for a faster immigration process for cruise ship passengers after long delays were observed when a big cruise ship, Queen Mary II, docked at Walvis Bay last week, with over 1,000 tourists having gone through immigration for their one-day visit, with the process found to be slow.

The slow processing is reported to have cost tour operators business, as tourists had to be refunded because of missed booked activities.

According to the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport), it is expecting to receive 32 more passenger vessels to dock at the Port of Walvis Bay by December.

Last month, MHAISS extended its visa-on-arrival program to five additional border posts – Oshikango, Mohembo, Ariamsvlei, Oranjemund, and Noordoewer.

The visa on arrival costs N$1,200 and is valid for 90 days.

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