The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Namibia due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
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.
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