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Submitted on Sep 08, 2019 Useful Info

Namibia currency guide

Official Currency

  • The official currency in Namibia is the Namibian dollar, it can be used interchangeably with the South African Rand since they both have the same value as it is now and the Rand is also recognized as legal tender in Namibia, therefore don't pay more if you use one currency instead of the other.
  • Note: In as much as the South African Rand can be used freely in Namibia, Namibian dollars are not legal tender in South Africa

Currency exchange

  • Both traveler cheques and cash can be exchanged at banks or bureau de change centers. In Namibia. However, traveler cheques have a better exchange rate as compared to cash.
  • To avoid incurring extra currency exchange charges carry cash or traveler cheques that are in US dollars or South African rand. 1 Namibian dollar equals 1 South African Rand, and 1N$ equals US$ 14.7
  • When exchanging currency ask for smaller bills; NAD 10, 20, 50, 100 to make it easier to get change.
  • There's a restriction to the amount of local currency you can import or export, (NAD 50000 maximum). For foreign currency, there are no restrictions. These currency restrictions, however, don't apply for people traveling from or to Namibia from the following countries.
  1. Botswana
  2. Lesotho
  3. South Africa
  4. Swaziland.

Credit cards

  • American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Diners Club are the most commonly accepted credit cards all across Namibia
  • Key tip: You can not use your credit card to pay for petrol at service stations all across Namibia.