Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Namibia maintains nationwide Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions, curfew until at least Sept. 17. International flights commenced Sept. 1.
Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 03:42 PM UTC
Alert Expires 17 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Movement and travel restrictions
President Hage Geingob announced Sept. 11 that current nationwide Stage 3 movement restrictions would be extended until at least Sept. 17 as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The decision follows an increase in COVID-19 cases. Several changes were announced to the Stage 3 restrictions:
- Nonessential movement restrictions and a nightly 2200-0500 curfew are in place nationwide. Only essential workers with permits are allowed to operate during curfew hours.
- Entry and exit restrictions are in place for the capital, Windhoek, the wider Khomas Region, and the cities of Rehoboth and Okahandja.
- Permitted travelers between these regions will be subject to a mandatory seven-day quarantine.
- Security checkpoints will be enforced in these cities to ensure compliance.
- Social distancing of 1 meter (3 feet) remains mandatory.
- The wearing of protective facemasks is mandatory in public and at businesses.
- Nonessential travel is discouraged.
- Public gatherings are limited to 50 people.
- Businesses are required to keep a register of customers' details to assist with contact tracing.
- Authorities continue to encourage the public to stay at home and limit movement.
- Authorities encourage workers to work from home.
- Limitations on the sale of alcohol are in place.
- Restaurants may resume normal sit-down operations.
- Nightclubs and casinos may not operate.
Several travel restrictions will remain in place as of Sept. 11:
- Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) reopened for international flights Sept. 1. Travel for business and tourism may commence; however, returning residents, citizens, tourists, and business travelers will be subject to mandatory, supervised quarantine for a period of seven days.
- Land and maritime borders remain closed, except for the repatriation of Namibian nationals and foreign citizens and the movement of goods. Humanitarian and foreign essential workers will be allowed to enter the country. Truck drivers entering the country are subject to testing and mandatory supervised quarantine for a period of seven days.
- Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test obtained within the previous 72 hours prior to boarding a flight. Travelers must also fill out a health declaration form.
Local authorities may reintroduce restrictions based on assessments of disease activity. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
Background and Analysis
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.