Botswana Travel Information
Botswana Travel Information- A person entering Botswana shall present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. All travellers exiting Botswana are also required to present a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours of their departure from Botswana. Complete a COVID-19 self-declaration screening form and undergo temperature checks upon arrival entry into Botswana.
Person may be required to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation or quarantine, as per section 76 (1) (2) and 80 of the Public Health Act of 2014 if found to have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.Wearing of mask is mandatory. Those in violation of mask or other COVID-related regulations can expect fines between BWP2000 – BWP5000.Botswana is divided into 9 geographical zones (map available at www.gov.bw) and permits are only needed to travel between zones. Residents may travel within their zone without permits.
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.
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. See list of countries requiring VISA Here
Note: For countries with whom Botswana has no diplomatic representation, visa information and processing are available through British Embassies and High Commissions.
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.
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.
All goods acquired outside Botswana must be declared when you enter the country.
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