Namibia to issue visas to foreigners upon arrival

13 Jun 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia will initiate a pilot project to issue visas to foreign nationals upon arrival at various borders and ports of entry into the country.
This was announced by Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa here on Thursday during a media briefing on decisions taken at the latest Cabinet meeting held Tuesday.
Simataa said this was part of the government’s efforts to improve and revamp the visa application system and to assist foreign nationals who are not able to apply for visas in their home country before they travel.
“At the end of the pilot phase, pending the outcome, a decision will be taken to upscale it. It is a very progressive development for those who have been calling for the provision of digital services to our population and those who require our services.”
He indicated that not all Southern African Development Community member states will receive such services as they may already be exempted from visa requirements.
The first phase will be rolled out at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, with a fee of N.dollars 1 000 to be charged.
The second phase of implementation will take place at the Ariamsvlei, Noordoewer, Trans Kalahari, Wenela and Oshikango border posts, as well as the Walvis Bay Airport.
Cabinet also approved the renaming of the Wenela and Kamenga border posts in the Zambezi Region, to the Katima Mulilo and Singalamwe border posts respectively.
It further directed the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to formally communicate to the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to inform neighbouring countries and other international players.