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Namibia: NTB Backs New Covid-19

New Era (Windhoek)

The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) says the new public health regulations, which will expire on 30 June 2021, do not in any way hamper or restrict the government's ongoing tourism revival initiative.

In light of the unfolding trajectory of the pandemic in the country and the imperative to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of Namibians, the public health regulations, which were announced on 28 May and set to expire on 30 June, have been amended.

President Hage Geingob on Tuesday explained the aim of this adjustment is to break the momentum of the pandemic, currently characterised by 'Widespread Community Transmission' in Namibia.

The adjustments came into force yesterday for a period of 14 days until 30 June 2021.

In the new regulations under the prohibition on movement of persons into or from restricted areas, stipulate that a person may not enter into or depart from a restricted area, unless that person is a tourist entering for tourism purposes and the person has presented a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result on entry into Namibia.

To dissect on this, NTB chief executive officer (CEO) Digu //Naobeb said the regulations seek to clarify that tourists are welcome to Namibia as long they provide a negative PCR Covid-19 test not older than seven days upon arrival.

"The regulations are more flexible and accommodative to the tourism revival initiative. Tourists are encouraged to travel to Namibia as long as they present a negative PCR Covid test not older than seven days," //Naobeb clarified.

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