On the 12 of August 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration in Namibia announced the elimination of a previous requirement regarding re-entry visas for holders of the Permanent Residence Permits (PRP).

Previously, PRP holders were required to apply for re-entry visas every two years.

In practice, this meant that the PRP applicant had to apply every 2 years for a re-entry visa to validate the PRP. This was a tremendous administrative effort and therefore the Ministry has confirmed that the re-entry visa is no longer necessary. With immediate effect, no person holding a PRP should be required to apply for Re-Entry Visas. The Ministry of Home Affairs also instructed that border officials are directed to allow the Permanent Residence Permit Holders to return to Namibia, provided they have not stayed away for a period exceeding two years on their PRP.

NB: The PRP will therefore lapse for PRP holders if not visiting Namibia once within two years.

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