Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Medical facilities are good but you may be expected to pay for treatment up front even if you have insurance. Make sure you’re fully aware of the conditions in your insurance policy and what cover is provided should you become ill or involved in an accident whilst in Namibia.
Malaria, rabies and cholera
Malaria, rabies and cholera are common in Namibia and pose a serious health risk. The most recent cholera outbreak to be reported is in the Kunene Region (Jan 2014). Please take extra precautions if travelling to this region.
HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS is prevalent in Namibia with current prevalence estimates at 13.1% of the adult population.
You should only drink or use boiled or bottled water. If you suffer from diarrhoea during a visit to Namibia, get immediate medical attention.
Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.
Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) can be a requirement for entry to some countries.
Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.
An acute outbreak of Hepatitis E (Genotype 2 HEV) has been reported in the Khomas region of Windhoek city and sporadic cases in other informal settlements. As of the end of July a total 2435 cases and 20 deaths have been reported. Pregnant women and persons with HIV/AIDS are particularly vulnerable.
The current outbreak is linked to inadequate access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities areas in informal settlements. Irish citizens travelling to Namibia should take appropriate precautions if visiting these areas, in particular drinking bottled water.
Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:34:53 BST