Windhoek - The Namibian government has opened four more borders to allow tourists to have choice of entry as part of the drive to stimulate tourism after the steep decline in receipts induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March when most of the world went into lockdown, more than 20,000 jobs have been lost in Namibia’s tourism sector amidst indications that another 10,000 are on the line in the absence of interventions such as reopening of borders.
Until this week, visitors to Namibia could only come through Hosea Kutako International Airport.
This week, the Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security Ministry said the Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer land ports would be reopened, as well as Walvis Bay Harbour.
“In terms of regulation 8(3)(b) of the Public Health Covid-19 General Regulations: Public and Environmental Health Act, 2015 I hereby, by this notice, designate the following ports of entry and departure from Namibia, subject to applicable Health Regulations, effective immediately,” Home Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi said on Tuesday.
The news was well received by tourism operators.
“A big thank you to the ministry, Namibian government at large and everyone involved. The first hurdle has been overcome. It has been announced that 4 border posts have been opened. We hope for further engagement to revive Namibian Tourism,” Gondwana-Lodges said after publication of the notice.