Namibian Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Frans Kapofi on Tuesday said the government will extend visas to foreign visitors who are compromised by travel bans in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The development comes after the country’s President Hage Geingob banned inbound and outbound travel to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany with immediate effect for a period of 30 days.
Speaking at a press briefing on coronavirus update, Kapofi said the measure is only applicable to visitors who were affected as of Saturday when the ban was made and are legally in the country.
“I would like to inform those visitors who are in Namibia and whose visas may have expired due to the measures we are making in response to the coronavirus outbreak, that the government is ready to extend their visas. We are prepared to waver the costs thereof, should that be found justified. We are opening one point at our ministries for those specific people who are affected as of the Saturday announcement to come and be assisted,” said Kapofi.
He also said that his ministry is coordinating with South Africa in closing borders to limit movements as a measure to prevent further spread of the virus.
According to Kapofi, the two countries have agreed to leave only three lively borders to ensure the trade and economies of the countries are not compromised. Enditem