For travelling to Namibia, your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the departure date from Namibia. Citizens of most EU countries do not need a visa for travelling in Namibia. However, citizens of some EU countries are required to obtain a visitor’s visa from the Namibian Embassy in their home country. Please contact your nearest Namibian Embassy in time, to ensure smooth visa application procedures.
Embassy of Namibia in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Namibia is directly accessible by regular international flights from Europe by Air Namibia & LTU and neighbouring countries from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maun, Victoria Falls, and Luanda by Air Namibia, South African Airways, British Airways, Comair and SA Express. Towns and lodges are linked internally by scheduled or charter flights. Regular flights operate between Windhoek and Swakopmund.
Namibia has an extremely good infrastructure of roads and a two-wheel drive vehicle is adequate for a self-drive holiday. Only in remote areas a 4x4 vehicle is needed, but normally a vehicle with higher clearance it better for game viewing and also more reliable and comfortable on the often corrugated gravel roads. In summer an air-condition is often very much appreciated.
Foreign drivers are required an international driving license. Driving is on the left side of the road and speed limits are 60km/h in towns, 100 to 120 km/h on open tarred roads, and 80 to 100km/h on gravel roads. In dusty conditions, switch on your headlights so as to be more easily visible to oncoming traffic. Four-wheel drive vehicles are essential for exploring Damaraland, Bushmanland and some parks in Caprivi. Watch out for wildlife on the road! Road signs warning against animals, particularly kudu, should be taken seriously, especially at night when they are blinded by headlights.
There is a reasonable rail network connecting most of the major towns, but trains are very slow and not at all comparable to Europe. It might take days to reach your destination which would take a few hours by car, and the standard of compartments is very low, if there is any. Train journeys should be booked in Windhoek, from where trains run to Keetmanshoop, Ariamsvlei, Tsumeb, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Desert Express, the only luxury tourist train, departs from Windhoek to Swakopmund on scheduled days of the week, and is of good 4* quality accommodation and service.
Luxury bus services and a bus services connect Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Lüderitz and other major towns. For the more adventurous, wanting to backpack, minibuses operate along the B1 from Oshakati and Keetmanshoop. Note that minibuses only depart when full.