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16 May 2020 | 12:34 AM UTC

Namibia: Authorities extend suspension of air traffic until June 30 /update 5

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Namibian aviation authorities extend the suspension of all routine air traffic until June 30 amid COVID-19 pandemic; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/15/2020, 1:00 AM until 7/1/2020, 12:59 AM (Africa/Windhoek). COUNTRY/REGION Namibia

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Aviation authorities announced on Friday, May 15, that routine air traffic will remain suspended in Namibia until at least Tuesday, June 30, in an effort to curb the spread of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the country. Additionally, all borders remain closed as of May 15.

The gradual reopening of the country began on Tuesday, May 5, when Namibia entered the second stage of lockdown measures. Domestic travel between regions and within cities and towns has been permitted and several businesses have reopened, including shopping malls, retail stores, restaurants, hairdressers, and barbers; these businesses will be subject to health and hygiene measures.

As of Friday, May 15, health authorities have confirmed 16 COVID-19 cases and no associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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