Ultimate Safaris is excited about the renewed enthusiasm for travel and are encouraged by increasing arrivals in Namibia. There have been some changes in local conditions recently, so to keep everyone abreast of the latest (eased!) requirements, they have provided an update on everything COVID-related in Namibia.
Entry requirements continue to become less onerous, with the only requirement for entry into Namibia being a negative PCR or rapid antigen test that is no older than 7 days! Ultimate is lobbying hard for fully vaccinated travelers to be exempted from testing altogether and feel confident that this should be in the next amendment to the requirements.
Testing in Namibia for departing passengers is getting easier by the week. Ultimate is now able to offer express testing, at a higher cost, for both PCR (6 hours for results) and RAPID ANTIGEN (4 hours for results) in Windhoek! Some remote testing continues to be on offer, but with new developments, this may become less necessary. There are also plans to offer rapid testing at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport, and this may be available within a few weeks. The latter will cater primarily for fly-in safaris where the guests need to leave immediately and can’t spend a final night in Windhoek. Testing in Namibia has become a well practiced routine.
Covid infection levels in Namibia remain very low, with only around 1,500 active cases at any given time.
Vaccinations have begun and tourism is now considered a frontline business – tourism personnel are being prioritized as a result. Ultimate Safaris’ tribe have almost all been for their first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and are set to be the first tourism company in Namibia to be fully vaccinated.
Remember Ultimate’s extremely flexible terms for new bookings which allow refunds up to 48 hours prior to travel if guests are prevented from traveling by genuinely COVID-related reasons. There are few more flexible and encompassing policies in the market, giving your travelers total confidence in their booking.
Safety first: Ultimate continues ensuring that they keep their tribe, travelers and the communities in which they operate as safe as possible. Measures for this include testing guides before each safari and isolating returning camp staff, but please view their safety measures for more detail.
Ultimate Safaris are incredibly excited to be welcoming your guests back to Namibia!