New Minor Regulations for Namibia

Posted on Tue August 14, 2018.

Planning a trip to Namibia with your children? Then please take note of the important travel regulations when travelling with minors (children under the age of 18)

In line with other SADC Countries (Botswana and South Africa) Namibia is very aware of issues surrounding child trafficking and is being proactive in ensuring that such an event does not occur within the Namibian borders. The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration issued a press release back in 2016 regarding the world-wide, disturbing issue of child trafficking. So far, no such incidents have been recorded in Namibia.

As yet, there is no legislation in this regard, however, the Immigration Officials at our borders and International Airports are now being pro-active in ensuring that minors (children under the age of 18) are legitimately travelling.


Immigration officials are requesting the following information from overseas travellers:

If travelling with both parents:
• Full birth certificate

If travelling with only one parent:
• Full birth certificate
• Parental Consent Affidavit 
• Or death certificate of parent
• Or legal declaration of sole custody

If travelling with neither parent, with friends/family:
• Full birth certificate
• Parental Consent Affidavit from both parents
• Or death certificate of parent(s)
• Legal declaration of custody of child
• Certified copies of passports/identity documents legal parents/guardians
• Contact details of legal parents/guardians

Unaccompanied minors:
• Full birth certificate
• Parental Consent Affidavit from both parents 
• Or death certificate of parent(s)
• Legal declaration of custody of child
• Certified copies of passports/identity documents legal parents/guardians
• Contact details of legal parents/guardians
• Letter from person who will receive the child in Namibia confirming knowledge of child’s visit 
• Contact details of person receiving the child
• Copy of identity document/passport/legal status in Namibia of person receiving the child

These measures are affirming Namibia’s Child Protection Act and show Namibia’s commitment to the Act which includes the United Nations’ Protocol on international child trafficking.