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October 19, 2023

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Namibia

Namibia
Republic of Namibia
Exercise increased caution in Namibia due to crime.

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:

  • Avoid walking alone, especially after dark.
  • Do not display large amounts of cash or other valuables.
  • Keep car doors locked and windows shut at all times.
  • Be cautious of people appearing to request assistance by the side of the road.
  • Use ATMs located in well-lit public places or inside a bank or other business and be cautious of anyone offering assistance in using the ATM.
  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and Namibian visa or entry stamp (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and X.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Namibia.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions are not currently possible between Namibia and the United States.

Hague Convention Information

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.

Please visit the Department of State’s country page for more information on traveling to Namibia and the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

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
Email:   Walters.Kamaya@mgecw.gov.na
Internet: mgecw.gov.na

U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia
14 Lossen Street, Ausspanplatz, Windhoek
Tel: +264 61 295 8500
Fax: +264 61 295 8603
Email:  ConsularWindhoek@state.gov
Internet: na.usembassy.gov

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
SA-17
Washington, DC 20520
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

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
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:

USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

Last Updated: August 29, 2023

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Windhoek
38 Metje Street
Klein Windhoek
Windhoek, Namibia
Telephone
+(264)(61) 202-5000
Emergency
+(264)(61) 202-5000
Fax
+(264)(61) 295-8603

Namibia Map