by Okeri Ngutjinazo
NEARLY 200 German tourists returned to Europe on a chartered flight on Wednesday evening, shortly before Namibia is due to go into a partial lockdown.
The country will be on a partial lockdown with effect from midnight at the end of Friday until 16 April in an attempt to curtail the further spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The 21-day lockdown will apply to the Khomas and Erongo regions specifically. The country’s borders will also be closed for travellers.
The German embassy in a statement released on Wednesday said it does not have the precise figures for the number of German tourists stranded in Namibia.
“The Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and German embassies around the world are currently working with all its capacity to support German tourists in specially affected countries in returning home,” the statement read, adding that repatriation flights from a number of countries are taking place.
The embassy urged German travellers wishing to return home to register in the registration system of the country’s Foreign Office, if they have not yet done so.
“Travellers are furthermore requested to consult the websites of the Federal Foreign Office and the German-language version of the embassy in Windhoek on a regular basis for the latest information and the availability of telephone hotlines,” the statement read.
The Foreign Office’s registration system website is at www.rueckholprogramm.de, and the website of the embassy in Namibia is at www.windhuk.diplo.de.