HIV infections are a ubiquitous problem in all of Africa. Tourists who practice safer sex and who do not take i.v. drugs have an extremely low risk of infection.
Alcoholic beverages can be bought in bottle stores. Wine can be bought in the local supermarket – Sundays being the exception when alcohol is not on sale! Beer is brewed in Windhoek and Swakopmund according to German brewing regulations (Reinheitsgebot).The majority of wines are imported from South Africa. Following symbols designate licensing regulations: Y: Wine and beer is served but only with meals. YY: Wine and beer is served. YYY: All alcoholic beverages are served ( fully licensed).
- ATM / BANKING
Automatic Telling Machines are standard in most Namibian cities and towns. Withdrawals are possible with the client´s bank card as well as with the credit card (including PIN), according to the daily limits of the home bank. Visa and Master Card are the most popular credit cards in Namibia. For personal transactions at a Namibian bank it is required to present a passport as documentation. It is advisable to consider beforehand that on weekends or prior to national holidays it may be the case that the ATM has run out of a sufficient cash supply. It is advisable to refrain from making a withdrawal when alone or in an insecure area. Do not accept “assistance” at the ATM! Manipulation of ATM´s is unfortunately quite frequent – for example, the ATM is rigged in such a way that the bank card remains stuck, only to be dislodged later. In this case call the 24 hour emergency number which is listed on all ATM´s. Namibian Banks are usually open during the week from 9 a.m. – 3.30 p.m., some are closed between 1 and 2 p.m.
Additional security is guaranteed with traveller cheques, which can be bought at your local bank. US$ traveller cheques are not necessary because EURO traveller cheques are valid. Because the banking charges depends on the number of cheques presented, it is advisable to buy cheques with a higher designated amount. Upon loss the cheques will be reimbursed at the regional office. It is important to store the contract separate from the cheques, and it is necessary to present a passport as documentation when cashing in the cheques.