Elmi Britz

Swakopmund, Namibia

#22 Oct 10, 2011
My husband is an South African, i am a Namibian we got married just before the expireing time of his stay in Namibia , he got work in South Africa for a few months what will happen or what will we need so that he will be able to enter Namibia again, I found out by one of the agentcies in Namibia that all he needs is our marrige certificate, my i.d and a copy of the request for a domecilia, is this true.
If any one can help me i would be able to sleep at nite and not worry.

Windhoek, Namibia

#23 Feb 12, 2012
See the Namibian of tomorrow (13 February 2012) and what the Namibian Home Affairs and Immigration been doing: Trying to kick out a 3 year old child for being illegal in Namibia, although the mother of the child is lawful in Namibia!

Windhoek, Namibia

#24 Feb 13, 2012
Immigration threat against 3-year-old

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl was allowed to return to Namibia to be reunited with her mother on Friday, after an immigration official had threatened that she would not be permitted back into the country because she is not a Namibian citizen.

An urgent application in which the girlís mother, Catariena Peens, was asking the High Court in Windhoek to order that her child should be allowed to return home was removed from the court roll on Friday morning after a settlement had been reached in the matter.
The child was allowed to enter Namibia when she landed at Hosea Kutako International Airport with her grandmother later on Friday.
Peens informed the court in an affidavit that she is a South African citizen. She is married to a born Namibian, and also has other roots in Namibia, with her mother being a citizen of the country, she stated.
Peens related that her daughter travelled to South Africa with Peensís mother on January 30. She was going to visit her biological father.
When they left the country an immigration official at Hosea Kutako International Airport told the childís grandmother that the girl would not be permitted to re-enter the country unless she possessed a permit to reside in Namibia, the court was told.
When the girlís grandmother told the immigration official that the childís mother is married to a Namibian and that the child is entitled to live with her mother in Namibia, the official apparently became irritated and responded that the girl is not married to a Namibian, and thus is not domiciled in Namibia.
Peens stated that according to legal advice which she received from her lawyer, Norman Tjombe, she is domiciled in Namibia as a result of her marriage and residence in the country with her husband. She said she was advised that not only she herself but her dependent children as well would be domiciled in Namibia and would not be required to obtain residence permits or study permits to legally remain in the country.
Peens was suing the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration and the Chief of Immigration in the urgent application, which was due to be heard by Acting Judge Petrus Unengu.

Windhoek, Namibia

#25 Feb 13, 2012
Thank you for the informative and very helpful comments.I am a Permanent Resident Certificate holder who recently lost her job in the Ministry of Education because they said i had to make way for Namibians. I have been in the country for more than 15 years and have Namibian children that need taking care of and have equal human rights as other Namibian children. Now I have no job and do not know how to meet my obligations in terms of feeding my family and other responsibilities. I do not understand why Domicile holders are treated differently from Permanent Residence since the concept is the same. Although Permanent Residence holders are not married to a Namibian, they forked outr an arm and a leg to pay for the permit. so why are they treated differently. help me understand my position please and if what happened to me is legal.i tried one lawyer and he advised that the Ministry had a right to do what they did.
Claudia Regueira

United States

#26 Feb 17, 2012
This is so confusing.Im Namibian and married to a U.S citizen.We applied for his domicile 2 years ago and still we wait for it.All this,he can stay and dont need visas is a problem.Everytime we go visit while we wait for his domicile is a problem.Then he can enter the country or there is a problem leaving while we visited family for only 30 days.Then there was decide that a foreigner married to a Namibian dont need all those documents to enter or stay in Namibia but still we have problems at customs.Can anybody help me on this PLZZZZZZZ!!!!

Randburg, South Africa

#27 Mar 9, 2012
Can somebody give me advice i am a namibian citizen bt now i am in south africa.what i want to know can i fly from south africa to canada on my namibian passport?


Johannesburg, South Africa

#28 May 9, 2012

Maybe somebody can help me as well. My mom has dual citizenship (Namibia and South Africa). She reasonly bought property in Namibia and wants to stay 6 months in South Africa and 6 months in Namibia. We cannot find any information regarding the procedures that one has to follow. Must she travel with two passports and if so, how exactly does the process works at the border.

Please help

Thank you

San Jose, CA

#29 Jun 5, 2012
Anna de Waal

Keetmanshoop, Namibia

#30 Aug 29, 2012
Me and my husband is been married for 2 years already, he is in Namibia for the last 6 years, he was working for a South African Company, and every 3 months we had to apply for a work permit for him, we start our own company, he had 49%shares in the company, but we still waiting for domiciled what we did apply for, I did received a letter from Home Affairs for a work permit and they need a lot info from my husband. We was December in South Africa when we came back to Namibia the people on the boarder want to know why he want to come to Namibia, I said we wait for his Domiciled they was not happy with it but they let us go, Home Affairs not agree with the High Court and the Ombudsman they still believe that you had to apply for Domiciled and you had to pay for it,what must I do, please no one can gave me an answer. What must I do, we had to go South Africa again, and I cant waist time on the boarder with people who think they know a lot.

South Africa

#31 Sep 10, 2012
Hi, I would like to have some advice on South Africans married to Namibians please. I'm a Namibian by birth, but have a South African ID as well as a Namibian one and my husband is a South African (married the 7th of September 2012, in South Africa). We would like to move to Namibia. What procedures are we to follow? Does he need a domicile papers? Or will he automatically be seen as domiciled? Will he be able to work in Namibia? Can he do his drivers license in Namibia? He had a British Drivers License, but it expired some time ago.


#32 Oct 12, 2012
Section 38 of the Immigration Control act states that:
38. Certificates of identity for persons lawfully resident in Namibia.
The Minister may authorize the issue of a certificate of identity to any person who is lawfully resident in Namibia and who desires to leave Namibia temporarily but is for any reason in doubt whether he or she will be able to lawfully enter Namibia on his or her return.(This is what a Identity Certificate is. It is not "domicile" that you need to apply for. One cannot "apply" for domicile. You either have it (by birth, marraige etc) or you don't.)
Section 22(1)(c) of the Immigration Control Act, Act 7 of 1993 states that:
22. Domicile in Namibia.
(1) For the purposes of this Act, no person shall have a domicile in Namibia, unless such person -
(c) is ordinarily resident in Namibia, whether before or after the commencement of this Act, by virtue of a marriage entered into with a person referred to in paragraph (a) in good faith as contemplated in Article 4(3) of the Namibian Constitution; http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,LEGAL,,...

Walvis Bay, Namibia

#33 Nov 14, 2012
If u do have problem with reading Afrikaans like me, please do always highlight the article and click translate to English!

Keetmanshoop, Namibia

#34 Dec 9, 2012
Hi dear i am a Namibia and i meet a Nigerian guy while i was there he wanted us to be married there but we decide otherwise that we will get married once he finish his job assignment and come down to Namibia. But he is struggling to get a visa to Namibia so what must we do. We want to live in Namibia after our marriage. Please help me what type of document do he need to be a citizen here and how long will it take to get it once he is in Namibia. Can he maybe apply visa to SA and then apply again a transit visa to Namibia. Please help me is very important for me to have all the information i will not like him been lock up like a criminal or been deported.

Tsumeb, Namibia

#35 Jan 6, 2013
POC wrote:
Hello guys it;s me again a few months later... now just married to a Namibian... and guess what?! home affairs requires application for a domicile. and in order to apply i need a police clearance which takes 3-4 MONTHS?!?!?!?! then i can apply and the application will be approved (according to home affairs) in 6 months! so i asked "how do i stay in namibia meanwhile?" the answer i got was to extend my tourist visa... this is just insane because on a tourist visa i cant work. so i will be staying at home for 10 months just scratching my nose.... i will try and contact the lawyer reccommended here and see what he says. just wanted to share my frustration with you gyus
How did it work out for you? I am in the process of getting married to my Namibian boyfriend and we are both very confused about how the procedure of me staying in Namibia is going to work out. The police clearance you were talking about, where did you apply for it? And how long did it finally take you before you got it? When applying for the extension of the tourist visa, did you then explain your situation?

I would be thankful for your reply!


#36 Jan 13, 2013
If i am a southafrican and my kids are born here can they get a namibian passport

Windhoek, Namibia

#37 Jan 18, 2013
Jenny wrote:
<quoted text>
How did it work out for you? I am in the process of getting married to my Namibian boyfriend and we are both very confused about how the procedure of me staying in Namibia is going to work out. The police clearance you were talking about, where did you apply for it? And how long did it finally take you before you got it? When applying for the extension of the tourist visa, did you then explain your situation?
I would be thankful for your reply!

Windhoek, Namibia

#38 Jan 18, 2013

I hear the best lawyer to talk is Norman Tjombe.

Windhoek, Namibia

#39 Feb 19, 2013
Hi guys, the advice is quite comprehensive, i however have a small question..
My father (south african) married a namibian national,(his second wife), he is currently domiciled in Namibia by virtue of his marriage in excess of 16 years.
i a south african born, came with my dad to namibia, as i was under hes custody. i was thus by virtue of being a dependent child also domiciled with my dad.
i am a major now, but still fully dependent on him as i am still a student. do i retain my domicile which i had by virtue of being a dependent child now, even though im over the age of majority??

Since: Sep 12

Ashburn, VA

#40 Mar 10, 2013
Pls can any one helf if im a namibian plan to mary a foregner is it copursary to mary and get a marrige certificate in namibia for my husband to be a domicile or can we even get marrid in his country? Thank you

Haarlem, Netherlands

#41 Mar 11, 2013

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