Staff Writer

A 15 member Robert Koch Institute delegation is expected to visit Namibia next week at the invitation of Health Minister, Dr Kalumbi Shangula.

The visit comes after the partnership of the Robert Koch Institute with Namibia and Rwanda was announced by the Director for Sub-Saharan Africa of the German Federal Foreign office, Ambassador Robert Doelger during a recent video conference with the Berlin African Ambassadors’ Group.

Robert Koch Institute is a German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention which has provided to Namibia four batches of Corona testing equipment to fight COVID-19.

According to the Namibian Embassy in Berlin, the country has been removed from the list of COVID-19 risk countries effective from Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 0:00 am.

“This is a great confidence booster for the Namibian travel and tourism industry that was devastated by the understandable pandemic related travel restrictions,” the Embassy said.

“This means that effective from this Saturday 17th October 2020, passengers returning from Namibia to Germany, no longer require to be quarantined and that the previously required corona negative testing is no longer necessary. Passengers can also continue their travel to and from Switzerland, Austria and Germany without any complications.”