ICM Africa Regional Conference Midwives leading the way for quality and equity in Africa Windhoek - Namibia / September 12 - 14, 2019
ICM Africa Regional Conference
Practical Information

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. 

TIME

The time in Namibia is GMT +2 hours.

ELECTRICITY

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.

COMMUNICATION

Fixed-line Operators

  • Telecom Namibia (TN)

Mobile Operators

  • Mobile Telecommunications (MTC)
  • TN Mobile

Delegates can purchase their own local SIM cards from these recognised Mobile Operators upon arrival.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS  

  • Ambulance   +264 (61) 21-1111
  • Electricity    +264 (61) 290-2452
  • Hospital   +264 (61) 203-9111
  • Police   +264 (61) 1-0111

BANKING SERVICES AND CURRENCY

Currency control

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.

Banking

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.

Credit Cards

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.

CONGRESS SECRETARIAT – C-IN

www.c-in.eu

All queries concerning registration, program, sponsoring and exhibition as well as general logistics may be directed to Congress Secretariat: info@midwivesnamibia2019.org

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY – CONFERENCE LINK

www.conferencelink.com.na

For accommodation, transportation and guided tours booking please liaise directly with our local  partner Conference Link.

 

For LIST OF HOTELS and TRANSPORTATION click HERE.

For details concerning VISA PROCEDURES please click HERE.

 

All official enquiries may be directed to