Firearms in Namibia
Taking firearms into Namibia is very straight forward providing you have the correct documentation.
A firearm application form needs to be completed (download). This should be completed before travelling, I can assist with this but it is very straight forward.
It will only take approximately 10-15 minutes to receive your firearms and ammunition back at Windhoek. Ammunition should be packed in a lockable case separately from your hold luggage as you may be called to open your case in Johannesburg which can cause delays.
On arrival in Windhoek you will need to complete an entry visa form which I can provide you with.
The following documents are also required:
2. Return airline ticket.
3. Proof of ownership:
3a. Firearm licenses, documentary proof, etc.
4. Documentary proof of export from the country of origin.
5. Any other supporting documents.
Please also note the following:
1. No more than one firearm per calibre and 100 rounds per firearm will be permitted. An exception to this may apply for shotguns where more than one of the same calibre may be allowed for bird hunting purposes if the client produces on arrival at the Customs Office an acceptable written motivation as to why more than one is required.
2. Firearms must bear the manufacturer's serial number or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified. The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel or the frame or the receiver of the firearm.
3. Handguns will be not allowed into the country.
4. Prohibited firearms which may NOT be imported into Namibia include:
4a. Any fully automatic weapon.
4b. Any semi-automatic weapon.
4c. Any Handgun.
4d. Weapons which fall under military categories.
5. A semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes may be allowed if an application is made at least 21 days before arrival through the Central Firearms Register with a motivation letter as to why this type of firearm is required.
Rifle type and calibre are a personal preference and you must be comfortable shooting it. Being wary of recoil is of no use to anyone so do not go over gunned.
For plains game a rifle in .243, .270, 30-06 or .300 etc is ample. For dangerous game the minimum requirement is .375.
Ammunition must be carried in a separate lockable container from the rifle. A quantity of 40 – 60 will suffice, they must be in fixed boxes and not loose.
If you decide not to bring your own rifle it is not a problem as estate rifles are available.