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Work Visas & Permits

Note that in some places filmmakers need additional permission from the traditional authorities and/or police in order to be able to film.

Additional information can be obtained from the Namibia Film Commission at

General Entry Requirements
Tourist visas are given for a period of up to 90 days, while business visas are granted at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Visas are available from the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Namibian embassies abroad. Note that visitors on a tourist/holiday visa are not allowed to engage in any employment while in the country. Employment and study permits should be applied for from country of residence prior to entry.

English, German, Afrikaans and various indigenous languages

General Entry Requirements
Foreign nationals need passports valid for at least 6 months after date of entry.

Visas are required for most visitors - check with embassies for exemptions

Additional Permits
All foreign cast, crew and photographers require temporary work visas to film in Namibia, which should be applied for at least 3 weeks prior to arrival. In addition to standard documents, a filming permit from the Namibia Film Commission should accompany visa applications, as any filming in Namibia requires a permit. Filming in National Parks requires an additional permit from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.


Time Zone
Summer: GMT+2 hours from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April. Winter: GMT+1 hour from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September.

220 volts AC, 50hz. Plug outlets are of the round three-pin type

Rainy Season
Commonly from October to April

There are Internet cafes throughout the country, and most hotels and lodges have internet facilities/wifi. Mobile Internet services are available from MTC and Telecom Namibia.

15% VAT is payable on goods and services. Visitors may reclaim VAT on purchases exceeding N$250 (US$19) at all main ports of exit, provided that all cash receipts have been kept.

Airports & Airfields
Namibia's main airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport, approximately 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Windhoek. Other airports are at Eros (Windhoek), Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Ondangwa, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, Keetmanshoop and Oranjemund.

There are landing strips at most lodges and towns, with over 300 known airfields in the country.

Money Matters
Official currency is the Namibian Dollar (N$), but South African Rand can also be used 1:1. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and most other credit/debit cards are accepted methods of payment. ATMs are widely available in towns. It is advised to pay cash when visiting smaller towns or settlements.
Euros, British Pounds, US Dollars and other major currencies can be exchanged locally or in advance of departure. Exchange facilities are available at various bureau de changes and banks.

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