Botswana Travel Information

Botswana

Language

English is an official language in Botswana. It is taught at schools, and is widely spoken in all urban centres. Even in rural areas, many local villagers (especially younger ones who have received schooling) will be able to converse in English. All guides and general staff in the camps, lodges and hotel have a good command of English.

German, Italian and French translators are available on request through your travel operator or agent. When staying at a private camp or lodge, your guide can act as interpreter if necessary during social interactions.

Electrical Supply

Electricity is supplied at 220/240v. Both square (UK) and round (RSA) wall plugs are used

Botswana Travel

What to Bring

Binoculars, torch, insect repellent, lip salve, sunscreen, sunglasses. Cosmetics, medications, and cigarettes are all available in the major towns, but if specific brand names are needed, it is best to bring enough to last your stay.

However, care needs to be taken to comply with international aviation security regulations for items in carry-on luggage and customs regulations. 

Contact your airline for details and refer to the customs regulations.

What to Wear

  • In summer, lightweight, light-coloured cottons are preferable.
  • Garments of neutral colours that blend with the bush and forest are advisable for safaris and game viewing.
  • Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort.
  • Bring a lightweight jacket and/or jersey for unexpected temperature changes or rain.
  • In winter, wear trousers, long-sleeved shirts/blouses and jerseys.
  • From May – August, night temperatures can fall below zero degrees Celsius, so warm jerseys and jackets are vital, especially on morning and evening game drives.
  • Closed, comfortable walking shoes or gym shoes are a must in all seasons.
  • Special attention should be given to protection from the sun. Bring a sunhat, good quality sunscreen, sun lotion and polarised sunglasses.
  • Wide brimmed hats are preferable to baseball caps.

Luggage Restrictions

It is advisable to adhere to the luggage restrictions for scheduled international, domestic and charter flights: 20kgs (44lbs) on domestic flights, 12kgs (26lbs) on light aircraft (including Okavango Delta charter flights), and 20kgs (44lbs) on international flights.

Vaccinations

If you are travelling to Botswana from areas infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Otherwise, no other immunisations are required. However, it would be wise to have an updated TPD (tetanus, polio, diphtheria) vaccine, and a Hepatitis A vaccine.Furthermore, depending on your destination within Botswana and the time of year you wish to travel, it may be advisable to visit a travel medicine clinic in your home country to establish if further vaccinations are required/advised.

Customs

All goods acquired outside Botswana must be declared when you enter the country.


Countries Requiring Visas

Visas

Citizens of most European and Commonwealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Botswana. However, visitors should check with Botswana embassies or consulates, or their travel agents, before departure. It is vital for visitors to carry a valid passport and sufficient funds to facilitate their stay.

NoteFor countries with whom Botswana has no diplomatic representation, visa information and processing are available through British Embassies and High Commissions.

All citizens of Commonwealth countries do not require a visa except those from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Foreign nationals whose countries have signed a Visa Abolition Agreement with Botswana are also not required to apply for a visa. Below is a list of all the countries that require visas.

AfghanistanAzerbaijanBolivia
AlbaniaBahrainBosnia and Herzegovina
AlgeriaBangladeshBulgaria
AndorraBelarusBurkina Faso
AngolaBeninBurundi
ArmeniaBhutanMoldova
CambodiaGuineaMonaco
CameroonGuinea BissauMongolia
Cape VerdeHaitiMorocco
Central African RepublicHondurasMozambique
ChadHungaryMyanmar (Burma)
ChinaIndonesiaNepal
ColumbiaIranNicaragua
ComorosIraqNiger
CongoIvory CoastOman
Democratic Republic of CongoJordanPakistan
Cote d’IvoireKazakhstanPalau
CroatiaKorea DPRPanama
Czech RepublicKuwaitPhilippines
DjiboutiKyrgyzstan (Kirghizia)Poland
Dominican RepublicLaos PDRQatar
EcuadorLatviaRomania
EgyptLebanonRussia
El SalvadorLiberiaRwanda
Equatorial GuineaLibyaSao Tome and Principe
EritreaLithuaniaSaudi Arabia
EstoniaMacedoniaSenegal
EthiopiaMaliSerbia
GabonMadagascarSlovakia
GeorgiaMarshall IslandsSlovenia
GuatemalaMauritaniaSomalia
SudanMicronesiaTurkmenistan
SurinameThailandTurkey
SyriaTogoTunisia
TaiwanUkraineUnited Arab Emirates
UzbekistanVietnamYemen

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