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Namibia border posts information

When you are travelling from South Africa and crossing one of Namibia's border posts it doesn't have to cause a headache, whether you're driving with a rented 4x4 or just taking your own trusted sedan. If you have all the essential paperwork with you, you can confidently turn the ignition key with a smile after you've dealt with the officials quickly and efficiently. Here is some essential Namibia border posts information to keep in mind.

Namibia border posts information: Where and what times?

Travelling from South Africa? Here is vital information. Namibia border posts are strategically placed at crossing points for maximum accesibility.

Adapted from map by Map-of-Namibia.com

Namibia South Africa Opening hours

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GPS coordinates
Oranjemund Alexander Bay 6:00 - 22:00 +27(0)83 11 662 28° 33′ 52.92″ S, 16° 30′ 12.96″ E
Sendelingsdrift Sendelingsdrift 8:00 - 17:00 +27(0)83 122 03 28° 7′ 21.72″ S, 16° 53′ 20.04″ E
Noordoewer Vioolsdrift 24 hrs +27(0)76 187 60 28° 45′ 56.16″ S, 17° 37′ 34.32″ E
Vellorsdrift Onseepkans 8:00 - 17:00 +27(0)549 510 014 28° 44′ 4.2″ S, 19° 18′ 20.16″ E
Ariamsvlei Nakop 24 hrs +27(0)545 710 008 28° 5′ 41.64″ S, 19° 59′ 57.12″ E
Klein Menasse Rietfontein 8:00 - 16:30

 

+27(0)545 310 084

26° 45′ 23.04″ S, 19° 59′ 57.12″ E

How to cross Namibian border posts: Your checklist

A ZA sticker is one of the items the officials check at the Namibia border posts. Photo: Danielle M de Jager

□ Valid passport

Your passport has to be valid for at least six months from the exact date you leave South Africa.

□ Drivers licence

Your South African driver’s license is valid in Namibia and will be accepted at the border.

□ Cash

The road users’ fee is R220 for a normal car with an additional amount of R140 for a trailer or a camper. You can pay with South African rands, Namibian dollars or a credit card. We do, however, strongly advise that you take cash in case the card machines are offline.

□ ZA Sticker

You can get a ZA sticker at any AA Accredited Sales Agent store for about R20, or at outdoor retailers like Safari Centre.

□ The vehicle's papers

If your vehicle documents are not in order you will not be able to cross the border. You have to have proof of ownership of the vehicle owner or rental company; your driving license, as well as a Police Clearance Certificate. The Chassis, engine number, trailor number, and license details will be checked by the police at the border posts. Your vehicle license papers have to be accompanied with a letter from the bank giving you authorisation to take the vehicle across the border, including dates. Both the bank letter and license papers should be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths.

You should also consult your insurers and make sure you have adequate cover for your vehicle before starting your journey to Namibia.

□ Letter of authority

If you travel in a rented car or 4x4 in Namibia, you have to have a letter from the rental company giving you permission to take the vehicle out of the country. You do not need police clearance for this.

□ Carnet de Passage

Cars registered in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana do not need to obtain a Carnet de Passage unless your car is being shipped to Namibia.

If staying in Namibia for longer than 90 days and on a working permit, the permit must be shown on the passport and on the letter from the company in Namibia confirming that you will be working for them.

Keep a close watch

On the first Sunday in April, Namibians set their watches back by an hour for winter. So, if it's 09:00 am in South Africa, it's 08:00 am in Namibia. In summer, from the first Sunday in September, the time is the same.

With this Namibia border posts information in mind, you can cross that border with ease, drive around and discover the many fascinating offerings of this country. Who knows, you might bump into seasoned travellers like Stan Rogers! Here's an account of his Southern Namibia experience.

Sources:

AA
Go! Magazine
Wikipedia

Cheréne Pienaar

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  1. Gravatar carmen van der westhuizen says:

    Love the info..thank you. Planning to visit soon. Looking for n business opportunity in Namibia if possible.

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  2. Gravatar Annette Gilfroy says:

    Hi, thank you for the information above it was very helpful. I would just like to warn people though about crossing into Namibia via Nakop. My husband and I crossed into Namibia on the 19th March. We arrived at what looked like an almost deserted border post. There is a glass cubicle with dark tinted windows, which were closed. We could not see inside and could see no one around other than the police at the exit and a fellow traveler standing at the immigration offices. We stopped at the stop sign at the cubicle, but on seeing no one, we continued on to the offices. We then asked the other traveler what we needed to do. He said we need a gate pass from the person in the cubicle. My husband then walked back and as he got there a police woman was walking out the door. He said he was sorry, but we had not been able to see anyone and could she give us a gate pass. She responded with “You did not stop and I am going to fine you”. She insisted we had not stopped even though we had. I asked her why she had not shown herself when she saw us coming,and why the window was not open and she went off about how I wanted her to die of flu and that people were dying at the border post from cancer. I commented that it was all just nonsense and a misunderstanding, to which I was told that I was ” using abusive language to a police officer!!” The young police officer was very rude and very aggressive. A long story shorter, we were fined R400.00. All in all a very unpleasant experience.

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  3. Gravatar Bianca van der Bergh says:

    Hi Annette
    It’s really unfortunate to hear that you had such an unpleasant experience at the Nakop border crossing into Namibia. It was clearly a misunderstanding and this officer was obviously abusing her authority. I really hope that your next travel experience is a pleasant one.
    Have a lovely day.

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  7. Gravatar Andy Nascimento says:

    Hello everyone!

    I’m traveling from Luanda, Angola to Cape Town, South Africa, in December 2013 and I’m wondering if anyone knows about the documents required in the border between Namibia and South Africa, is there any special documents for Angola cars to cross the border?

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  8. Gravatar Teresa Snyman says:

    I am going on holiday to Namibia in April. I am travelling alone and will be using the Nakop border post. I do know what papers I need to pass the post. Is there any other information I need to pass without any problems?

    Thank you!

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Teresa

      Thank you very much for your online enquiry.

      When crossing the border to Namibia, you would need your passport and the registration documents of the vehicle.
      Furthermore you just need to declare all electronic devises like laptops and cameras.
      For your insulin diabetics medicine, we would suggest you ask for a doctors letter, just to be safe.

      Have a great trip to Namibia!
      If you require any assistance with the planning of your trip, please let me know and we would be glad to assist.

      Kind regards

      Reply to this comment
  9. Gravatar Teresa Snyman says:

    Do I need a letter from my doctor for taking my insulin and diabetics meds across the border when going on holiday to Namibia?

    Reply to this comment
  10. Gravatar KOOS LE ROUX says:

    Do we really have to have a vehicle clearance certificate from the
    SAPS, as we have the vehicles papers, and they can check on the
    computor if the vehicle is stolen or any partys of it.

    I think this is not necessary, because in 2005 it was not necessary.

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Koos

      Thank you for visiting our Drive South Africa site and for your enquiry.
      In our experience it is necessary. The police would or might stop you next to the road and ask for those papers. They don’t have computers to check. They know most people don’t get it so they will or might fine you even if you have your vehicle papers.

      Our advice would be to get the clearance papers and make several copies. Never give them the originals.
      We hope this helps

      Best Regards

      Reply to this comment
  11. Gravatar Jolene Poolman says:

    hi im travelling from namibia to cape town, and was wondering if it is prohibited to take with me 3 passengers im driving a single cab corsa bakkie with a canopy if 2 sit at the back?

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Jolene

      Thank you for your enquiry via our DriveSouth Africa.co.za site. From our sources listed below:

      http://roadsafety.co.za/2013-04/is-it-still-legal-to-transport-labourers-on-the-back-of-a-bakkie/

      http://www.namibiansun.com/opinion/advocating-for-seatbelts-bakkies.59268

      http://www.namibia-1on1.com/information/road-selfdriverintro.html

      We can deduce that in South Africa it is not illegal to have 2 passengers in the load bay of your bakkie. In Nambia it doesn’t seem to be a problem if you are transporting workers. They do, however, have a very strict seatbelt law. In general, borders are places where officials will look at a chance to fine you for the smallest indiscretion. They scrutinise with great detail and if there is a grey area in the law they will bend it to their favour. They can be opportunists and this is typical of border crossing all over the world.

      In short, I wouldn’t personally take the chance but if that is their only way and they are happy to argue that the law doesn’t have any concrete acts that state you can’t transport passengers on the back of your bakkie, then go for it.

      Goodluck with your travels & we hope this helps.

      Best Regards,

      Reply to this comment
  12. Gravatar Sue Groenewald says:

    Morning.

    I am going to visit my daughter, who lives in Namibia, from SA in July 2014.  I want to take her a bunk bed (dismantled), that use to be my sons.  Would I have any problem taking it into the country?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Sue

      Thank you for visiting Drive South Africa and for your question. We’ve gathered some advice for you, keeping in mind that we are a booking agent and cannot give legal advice on customs or cross border information.

      I found this excerpt from the Namibia Customs and Excise Act 1998 (extract from page 17 of 99),

        “(3)(a) The person in charge of any vehicle (other than an aircraft or a railway train),
        whether or not conveying any goods, and which vehicle arrives by land at any place in
        Namibia, shall report to the office of the Controller nearest to the point at which he or
        she crossed the border, or to the office of the Controller which is most conveniently
        situated in relation to such point, before unloading any goods, or in any manner
        disposing of such vehicle or goods, and make a full written report to such Controller
        concerning the vehicle or goods, the journey and the destination of the goods, and shall,
        in the form determined by the Controller, make and sign a declaration as to the truth of
        such report.
        (b) A person referred to in paragraph (a) shall fully and truthfully answer all questions
        put to him or her, and produce any way-bills or other documents demanded of him or
        her by the Controller.”

      I have included the act in this mail, if you would like more information. Please see attached.

      Other than transporting the bunk bed yourself, we suggest that you consider transporting it through a service provider like a long distance transporter.

      Your best bet is to speak to the customs office directly on:

        Telephone number: (054) 571 0037/8/9
       
        Physical Address:
        N10 Route to Namibia
        Nakop Border Post

        Postal address:
        P O Box 1801
        Upington
        8801

      We hope this helps. Good luck with your trip!

      Thank you.

      Best Regards

      Reply to this comment
  13. Gravatar Brendon Berry says:

    Hi, my wife and i are going to namibia at the end of june for a two week holiday and we are driving up with our two children, 14 & 7. What documents do i need for the children and the vehicle.
    Many thanks Brendon

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Brandon

      Thank you for vising our site. When crossing the border to Namibia, you would need your passports and birth certificates of your children plus the registration documents of the vehicle.

      Please note that South Africa’s immigration laws have recently undergone an intense revision with newly appointed Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. The law states that, “Parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children and it also applies to foreigners and South Africans alike. When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel.” For more information on this please visit the home affair website: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/475-home-affairs-encourages-parents-to-get-unabridged-birth-certificates-for-children

      Furthermore you just need to declare all electronic devises like laptops and cameras. For more information, I will forward you the Namibia Customs & Excise Act 1998.

      Here is the Namibia consulate website: http://www.namibia.org.za/consular.htm
      Their contact details are below:
      Tel: 012 481 9100
      Fax: 012 344 5998 / 012 343 7294
      Email: secretary@namibia.org.za
      Office Hours: 08:30-1700

      We hope this helps. Have a great trip to Namibia with your family!

      If you require any assistance with the planning of your trip, please let us know and we would be glad to assist.

      Kind regards

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  14. Gravatar Cedric maseko says:

    Dear

    Thanks a lot for the information that i needed to know its gonna help me a lot ,cause i am planning to come to Namibia towards end of september on a bussiness trip so i"ve already found what iwas looking for

    regards

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Cedric

      Thank you for visiting our site. Glad we could help. :)

      Enjoy your trip to Namibia. If you require any assistance with the planning of your trip, please let us know and we would be glad to assist.

      Kind regards

      Reply to this comment
  15. Gravatar Marais Winterbach says:

    I am travelling to Namibia from South Africa. Do I need police clearance for my vehicle and prove of vehicle insurance ?..or is the registration papers good enough?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good Day Marais

      Thank you for visiting Drive South Africa. To be on the safe side, bring these documents with you. Make enough copies to give to the officials should they want to retain them. Never give away your original documents.

      For more information & assistance, you can contact the Namibia consulate. Their information is below.

      Website: http://www.namibia.org.za/consular.htm
      Tel: 012 481 9100
      Fax: 012 344 5998 / 012 343 7294
      Email: secretary@namibia.org.za
      Office Hours: 08:30-1700

      We hope this helps. Good luck with your journey.

      Warm Regards,

      Reply to this comment
  16. Gravatar johannes says:

    if I want to take my quad bike with me on holiday is it possible and what do I need

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good day Johannes

      Thank you for your enquiry. For more information regarding your concern, please contact the Namibia consular on the details below:

      Website: http://www.namibia.org.za/consular.htm
      Tel: 012 481 9100
      Fax: 012 344 5998 / 012 343 7294
      Email: secretary@namibia.org.za
      Office Hours: 08:30-1700

      We hope this helps. Good luck with your journey.

      Warm Regards,

      Reply to this comment
  17. Gravatar Sinazo says:

    thanks for the info. We r planning to go to Namibia by bus. So does that mean we only need to take our passports with us (since we wont be using our own vehicle:?

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good morning Sinazo

      Thank you for your enquiry on our site. Absolutely correct. You’ll need only your passport to enter Namibia when traveling by bus. You may want to take a bit of sense of adventure too, there’s much to discover in Namibia. :)

      We hope you enjoy your trip!

      All the best,

      Reply to this comment
  18. Gravatar Peter John Raubenheimer says:

    I recently travelled to S.A via the Noordoever/Vioolsdrif border. I was informed that I could not take frozen fish to S.A without a permit. The official (agriculture) could not give me the telephone number or contact to apply for this permit. Could you assist. It would basically be small quantities of frozen fish products that one would take along for family & friends. Thank you & kind regards. Peter

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good day Peter

      Thank you for visiting Drive South Africa. Please see link below:

      http://www.services.gov.za/services/content/Home/OrganisationServices/Import/AppPermImportFishRecreational/en_ZA

      It also provides contact details should you need more information regarding imports for recreational use.

      We hope this helps and we wish you all the best.

      Thank you.

      Best Regards,

      Reply to this comment
  19. Gravatar Shurainah Harris says:

    greetings

    I am planning a road trip to Namibia to spend with family and friends.
    Will I be able to take frozen meat across the border ?
    what about home made pastries and biscuits ?

    Reply to this comment
    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good day Shurainah

      Thank you for your enquiry via our Drive South Africa site.

      As we are merely a booking agency and may not have all the information that you need regarding imports & exports, and regulations may change at any time, I have emailed you the copy that we have of the Namibia Customs and Excise Act 1998.

      Alternatively please contact the border post office on the details below:

        Telephone number: (054) 571 0037/8/9
        Physical Address: N10 Route to Namibia
        Nakop Border Post
        Postal address:
        P O Box 1801
        Upington
        8801
        Contact type: Customs: Border Posts
        Country: South Africa
        Region: Northern Cape
        City: Upington

      OR the consulate office on the details below:
        Here is the Namibia consulate website: http://www.namibia.org.za/consular.htm
        Their contact details are below:
        Tel: 012 481 9100
        Fax: 012 344 5998 / 012 343 7294
        Email: secretary@namibia.org.za
        Office Hours: 08:30-1700

      We hope this helps and all the best with your travels.

      Thank you.

      Best Regards

      Reply to this comment




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