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Time Zone:
Summer time: GMT + 2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April

Winter time: GMT + 1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September

Winter (May-September)
Temperatures in the interior range from 18C-25C during the day. Below freezing temperatures and ground frost are common at night.
Summer (October-April)
Average interior temperatures range from 20C-34C during the day. Temperatures above 40C are often recorded in the extreme north and south of the country. The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts a relatively stable range of 15C-25C. Heavy fog is fairly common at night.
Medical services in Namibia are of a very high standard. However, the availability of most services is restricted to the main towns
220 volts AC, 50hz. Outlets are of the round three-pin type.
There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from Europe. If you arrive from a country where yellow fever vaccinations are mandatory you need to produce proof that you have been vaccinated.
Potable Water
The quality of tap water is excellent in most places, although taste may vary: in Windhoek the water is highly chlorinated, in Swakopmund and Sesriem for example there is a slightly soapy taste.
Snakes & Scorpions:
Just to put you at ease: most visitors never see a snake or scorpion during their stay in Namibia. In any event, about 75% of Namibiaís snakes are not poisonous.
Doctors & Hospitals:
Medical care in towns and cities is excellent, especially in the capital city, Windhoek. There are several private clinics which maintain international standards.
It is advisable to take out foreign travel health insurance which includes cover for repatriation.
Driverís licence:
A driver's licence from any country bearing a photograph of the holder will be accepted in Namibia, if the licence is in English or has an English-language certificate of authenticity attached to it. Alternatively, an international driving permit, obtained prior to arrival, may be used.
Highways from Windhoek to all principal towns are paved. Asphalt roads also extend to the South African, Botswana, Zambian and Angolan borders.
Visitors are urged to embark on journeys with fuel to spare as distances given on maps are approximate at best and towns are far apart. The further north you go, the fewer the filling stations.
Visa Requirements:
A valid passport is required to enter Namibia. Visas are needed except for nationals from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mozambique, the Netherlands, the Nordic Countries, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, South-Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Visas are obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Private Bag 13200, Windhoek, at Namibian Embassies and at Namibia Tourist Offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.