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Relief for the Tourism Industry

Players in the tourism industry can now heave a sigh of relief after the government yesterday announced the relaxation of Covid-19 restriction, including the removal of the five-day mandatory test for international visitors.

President Hage Geingob has announced new measures that are meant to aid the revival of the local tourism industry. Geingob announced that all travellers arriving in Namibia with a negative PCR test result, that is not older than 72 hours, will be permitted to proceed to their final destination in the country. As part of the International Tourism Revival Initiative, Namibia opened up borders to international tourists in September to save the bleeding tourism economy that was devastated by the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.

The local transport industry will also breathe a sigh of relief as restrictions on passenger numbers in public transport, private vehicles and group tour operators are also lifted.

This means vehicle occupancy can revert to the respective carrying capacities of a particular vehicle and fares to be charged will return to normal.

In the last four weeks, since the end of the six months’ state of emergency, Namibia recorded 61% in the number of new cases and a 40% reduction in the number of Covid-19 related deaths.

President Geingob has however warned Namibians and visitors against complacency over the virus, which he said could lead to the second wave of infections.

The limitation to the number of persons permitted at public gatherings shall be increased to a maximum of 200 persons until 30 November 2020.

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