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The Namibian power grid uses 220/240 volts AC 50 Hertz. Wall sockets (round 3 pin) are rated to carry a maximum of 15 amps. It is important to carry a 3 pin round adapter; which can be purchased in hardware and electrical shops and especially at photographic stores; as most foreign electrical plugs do not fit the Namibian electrical socket.

(used almost exclusively in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Namibia)


India has standardised on a plug which was originally defined in British Standard 546 (the standard in Great Britain before 1962). This plug has three large round pins in a triangular pattern. It is rated at 5 amps. Type M, which has larger pins and is rated at 15 amps, is used alongside type D for larger appliances in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Namibia. Some sockets can take both type M and type D plugs.

Although type D is now almost exclusively used in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Namibia, it can still occasionally be found in hotels and theatres in the UK and Ireland. It should be noted that tourists should not attempt to connect anything to a BS546 round-pin outlet found in the UK or Ireland as it is likely to be on a circuit that has a special purpose: e.g. for providing direct current (DC) or for plugging in lamps that are controlled by a light switch or a dimmer.

(used almost exclusively in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho)

This plug resembles the Indian type D plug, but its pins are much larger. Type M is rated at 15 amps. Although type D is standard in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Namibia, type M is also used for larger appliances. Some sockets over there can take both type M and type D plugs.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Valid passports are required by all foreign nationals to enter Namibia. Citizens of the following countries do not require visas to enter Namibia: United Kingdom; Germany; Switzerland; Russia; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Ireland; Portugal; Spain; Italy; Austria; France; Sweden; Norway; Finland; Denmark; Netherlands; Belgium; USA; Canada; Cuba; Japan; Singapore; Malaysia; Brazil; Kenya; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Tanzania; Angola; Zambia; Mozambique; Botswana; Australia and New Zealand. Visitors must be able to prove that they have sufficient funds to cover their stay in the country. Air arrivals must have a valid return air-ticket.

Citizens of all countries not mentioned above require visas that must be purchased prior to arrival. It is best to check what the latest situation is with regard to visas before visiting Namibia. Extended visa periods are obtainable from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek and at border posts.


A modern and efficient telephone service is available in almost all parts of the country. Direct national and international dialling is possible in almost all areas. Pay phones operating with coins are available in certain areas. Up-to-date telephone directories are available in all areas.

A cellular telephone operation provides limited coverage in Windhoek and in other main towns. Facsimile services are available at most hotels.


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