Types of Work Visas Available in Namibia: Which One Do You Need?

01 Types of Long Term Work Visas Available in Namibia Which One Do You Need


This article aims to provide an overview of Namibia’s visa system and shed light on the various long-term work visa options available, helping you determine which one is most suitable for your needs.

Namibia’s Visa System

Namibia operates a comprehensive visa system designed to regulate the entry and residence of foreign nationals in the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration is responsible for administering the visa application process and ensuring compliance with the country’s immigration laws. The system is designed to promote legal immigration and protect the interests of foreign workers, Namibian citizens, and permanent residents.

Types of Namibian Work Visas Available for Foreign Nationals

Namibia offers several types of visas for foreign nationals depending on your intended activities in the country, ranging from Short-Term Tourist Visas to Long-Term Work Visas, and even permanent residence permits.
Short-Term Work Visas allow stays of up to 90 days (Business Visas typically allow 30 days), while Long-Term Work Permits are required for individuals seeking employment or extended stays in the country. It is important to note that the requirements and conditions for each visa category may vary, and understanding these distinctions is crucial for a successful application.

Namibian Long-Term Work PermitNamibian Short-Term Work Visa
DurationValid for 2 yearsValid for 90 days
PurposeAllows long-term employment or contract work in NamibiaAllows temporary or seasonal employment in Namibia
Eligibility CriteriaRequires a job offer from a Namibian employer or a contract with a Namibian companyDoes not require a job offer – You must be Affiliated or Contracted by a Namibian company
Application ProcessMore detailed application and documentationRelatively simpler application process
EndorsementEndorsement sticker placed in passport for long-term validityEndorsement not necessary
Renewal/ExtensionCan be renewed or extended for continued employmentCan be renewed for another 90 days
Dependent/Spouse VisaOptions available for dependents or spouses to accompany the visa holderOccasionally permitted
Eligibility for PR/CitizenshipProvides a pathway towards permanent residence or citizenshipDoes not lead to permanent residence or citizenship
Processing Time3 to 6 months processing time2 to 3 weeks processing time
Differences between Namibian Short-Term and Long-Term Work Visas

Long-Term Work Visas in Namibia

A Long-Term Work Visa in Namibia allows foreign nationals to reside and work in the country legally for a set period. It provides individuals with an opportunity to contribute their skills, expertise, and knowledge to Namibia’s growing economy. There are different categories of long-term work visas available, each catering to specific professional requirements and circumstances.

Document Requirements for a Long-Term Work Visa in Namibia

While the specific documents required may vary depending on the type of long-term work visa, some common prerequisites include:

A valid passport with at least six months’ validity remaining at the time of submission

Proof of employment or job offer from a Namibian employer, or employer abroad seconding an applicant to Namibia

• Academic qualifications and professional certifications (where applicable, and translated to English)

• Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay

Health insurance coverage

Police Clearance Certificate from your home country (valid for 6 months from date of submission)

Medical examination

It is crucial to consult the official guidelines and engage with a qualified immigration consultant or legal professional to ensure a smooth and successful visa application process.


Understanding the different types of long-term work visas available in Namibia is essential for foreign nationals planning to work and reside in the country. By familiarizing yourself with the visa system, distinguishing between Short-Term and Long-Term visas, and exploring the various long-term work visa categories, you can make informed decisions regarding your professional journey in Namibia.

Last Updated: 10 July 2023

Written by Simon Carletti, PR and Creative Supervisor

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