How to Get Citizenship in Namibia

What is Citizenship?

A person may be a citizen of Namibia at birth either through operation of Article 4(2) (jus sanguinis, i.e. descent from a Namibian citizen) or a restricted form of jus soli (Article 4(1), birth in Namibia to a citizen parent or to a parent who is ordinarily and legally resident in the country).

How to Get Citizenship in Namibia

A person may be a citizen of Namibia at birth either through operation of Article 4(2) (jus sanguinis, i.e. descent from a Namibian citizen) or a restricted form of jus soli (Article 4(1), birth in Namibia to a citizen parent or to a parent who is ordinarily and legally resident in the country).

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Namibia allow dual citizenship?

Namibian citizens who are citizens only by birth or descent may hold dual citizenship if the laws of the other country allow such dual citizenship. Namibian Constitution Article 42).

Is Namibia a good place to live?

While no country in the world can claim to be free of crime, Namibia ranks as one of the safest and most politically stable nations in Africa. This may have something to do with its relatively small population size, or the good governance the country has enjoyed over the past years.

Can foreigners buy property in Namibia?

How difficult is the property purchase process in Namibia? Except for agricultural land, there are no restrictions on nonresident foreigners and legal aliens owning property in Namibia. Most property ownerships are freehold.

How long can I stay in Namibia?

Length of Stay: Tourists can stay for a maximum of 90 days in Namibia if they can produce a return ticket and their passport is valid for at least another 6 months. The visa is issued at arrival.

Can I buy land in Namibia?

Namibia’s agricultural land is mainly divided into communal and commercial farm lands, offering excellent investment opportunities for foreigners. With the government enacting land ownership laws, a foreign investor must obtain the consent of the Minister of Lands and Resettlement prior to directly purchasing a land.

How long can you stay in Namibia without a visa?

The Government of Namibia allows citizens of specific countries and territories to travel to Namibia for tourism, visiting friends and relatives as well as official purposes for three months with an ordinary, diplomatic and service passports without having to obtain a visa.

How safe is Namibia?

Namibia is a peaceful country, relatively safe to travel to and it is not involved in any wars. After the Angolan civil war in 2002, there is no more violence in Namibia. It does, however, have a relatively high crime rate with muggings near ATMs, pickpockets roaming around and even robberies happening more and more.

What is the currency in Namibia?

The Namibian Dollar is the official currency of Namibia. After the country gained its independence in 1990, the Dollar was introduced in 1993 to replace the South African Rand. The Rand is still legal tender, since the Namibia Dollar is pegged to the Rand.

What language do they speak in Namibia?

As mentioned above, English is the official language of Namibia. However, the language is spoken by less than 1% of the population of the country as their native language. 4% to 5% of the population, mainly the Angolan community, speak Portuguese. Among the whites of Namibia, 60% speak the Afrikaans languages.

Is Namibia safer than South Africa?

Namibia is safer than South Africa (roads, crime, etc), but I say that with caution as you should use your head in any country. Windhoek is generally friendly, but obviously don’t flash your touristness about.

Is South Africa a citizenship?

The following persons are South African citizens by birth: Persons born in South Africa before October 6, 1995. Persons born in or out of wedlock on or after October 6, 1995 if one of his or her parents is either a South African citizen or a permanent resident.

Does South Africa allow dual citizenship?

South Africans are permitted to acquire multiple citizenships, under certain conditions. Those who are under the age of 18 years are exempt and are not required to apply for dual citizenship, as long as they acquire the foreign citizenship before their 18th birthday.

Can you go on holiday to Namibia?

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Namibia, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Namibia’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

How strong is the Namibian passport?

The Namibian passport currently ranks on the 67th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 77 countries. This gives it an overall medium-low mobility score.

Can someone have 4 citizenships in Namibia?

Yes. The circumstances are rare, but it’s perfectly possible. If your parents hold multiple citizenships in countries that both allow citizenship by descent and do not disallow multiple citizenships, you could have a large number of citizenships are birth.

How old must I be to apply for citizenship in Namibia?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for naturalization — unless you’re applying based on any period of wartime military service, in which case you may be any age. Our guide to becoming a naturalized citizen has more details about eligibility and exemptions.

What should I bring to my citizenship interview 2021 in Namibia?

  • Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card;
  • Appointment notice; and.
  • A second form of identification (driver’s license, passport, or state identification card). Your second form of identification must have your photograph on it.