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Last Update: Reissued with updates to crime.
Exercise increased caution in Namibia due to crime.
Country Summary: Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is increasingly common, and these can violently escalate into robberies and muggings. There is a higher risk of crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Namibia.
If you decide to travel to Namibia:
Namibia is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (“Convention”). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (“IAA”), the IAA’s implementing regulations, and all applicable legislation and regulations of Namibia.
Although the Convention entered into force for Namibia on January 1, 2016, the Government of Namibia suspended new intercountry adoptions in 2016 while it focused on taking the steps necessary to implement fully the Convention. The Government of Namibia has not informed the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek of an expected end date to the suspension.
The Department of State cautions adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that intercountry adoptions to the United States from Namibia will not resume until Namibia lifts its suspension and the Department of State determines that intercountry adoptions from Namibia comply with the Convention. Adoption service providers should not advertise adoption programs in Namibia until the Department of State notifies them that the Government of Namibia has lifted its temporary suspension of intercountry adoptions and that its procedures meet the requirements of the Convention.
The Department of State will provide updated information on Adoption.state.gov as it becomes available.
Namibia’s Adoption Authority
Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare
Juvenis Building, Independence Avenue, Windhoek
Tel: +264 (61) 283 3231
Fax: +264 (61) 230 941
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC)
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1- 913-275-5480 (local); Fax:1- 913-214-5808
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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