ICM Africa Regional ConferenceMidwives leading the way for quality and equity in AfricaWindhoek - Namibia / September 12 - 14, 2019
ICM Africa Regional Conference
CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
The average temperature in Windhoek in September is warm at 20 °C (68 °F). Afternoons can be very hot with average high temperatures reaching 29 °C (84.2 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally quite mild with an average low of 11 °C (51.8 °F). The weather in September is arid with no rain.
The time in Namibia is GMT +2 hours.
The available supply connections in Namibia is 230 V AC 50 Hz. Electrical sockets are 16 A, 3-round pin socket outlets with live, neutral and earth connection for 230 V AC 50 Hz, but also have 2-pin sockets available. However, it is advisable to bring your own adaptor, although these can be purchased at the airport upon arrival.
POSTAL AND INTERNET SERVICES
These services are available throughout the city at own cost.
DRIVERS' LICENCES / PERMITS
Drivers must hold valid driving licences which carry a photograph of the holder, and are either printed or authenticated in English. Namibia recognises international driving permits issued under the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic.
BUSINESS AND SHOPPING HOURS
Offices and businesses are generally open from 08:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday in the major cities. Shopping hours vary but most shops at shopping malls are open from 09:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays. Generally shops are open on Sundays between 09:00 to 14:00.
VAT - Value-added Tax
Value-added tax (VAT) is charged on most goods and services except when purchased in duty-free shops at international airports. The current rate is 15 %. On presentation of the goods and tax invoices, VAT may be reclaimed at international airports.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
As always, travellers should take a few basic precautions to ensure a safe and pleasant visit:
Never leave personal property unattended;
Store valuables in your hotels safety deposit box;
Keep your hotel room locked;
Transport is available and can be booked;
Avoid displaying expensive jewellery and cameras;
Do not carry large sums of money on your person and
Stay away from dark, isolated areas.
Telecom Namibia (TN)
Mobile Telecommunications (MTC)
Delegates can purchase their own local SIM cards from these recognised Mobile Operators upon arrival.
Ambulance +264 (61) 21-1111
Electricity +264 (61) 290-2452
Hospital +264 (61) 203-9111
Police +264 (61) 1-0111
BANKING SERVICES AND CURRENCY
There are no limits on the amount of cash that visitors can bring into Namibia. However, some countries have limits on the export of bank notes and visitors are therefore advised to convert most of their money to traveller’s cheques. The necessary permit should be obtained from the First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) (the central bank of Namibia) if visitors wish to leave the country with more than N$ 10 000 in cash in their possession. Import of foreign currency is free, subject to declaration. Export of foreign currency is limited to the amount that the visitor declared upon arrival. For more information, contact any Customs and Excise Office.
Banks, bureaux de change, and Auto banks (ATM's, automated teller machines) are found in most towns and operate on a 24 hour basis. Banking hours are typically from 9:00 am to 15:30 on Mondays to Fridays and 9:00 to 11:00 am on Saturdays.
Most internationally recognised currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and international airports. However, FNB is the only banking institution operating from 05:00 – 22:00 over weekends at the airport.
All the major credit cards are accepted in Namibia although the Visa and Master Cards enjoy a greater popularity than Diners Club and American Express.The unit of currency is the Namibian dollar (N$). Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation.