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.