Botswana Practical Information

Passport

All visitors to Botswana are obliged to have a passport that is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Botswana. Entry visas obtained from the border posts are valid for a maximum of 30-90 days. These border issued visas are for selected countries it is advisable to obtain visas before travelling.

Passport holders of certain countries do not need a visa to enter Botswana, and exempt countries have been listed by the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana.

With children:

As of 1 October 2016 minors travelling through Botswana’s borders are required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. If the child is travelling with one parent, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be presented. An affidavit is not required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

For more information on how to obtain visas and the documents to provide, please contact the Botswana closest to your place of residence.

Health

No compulsory vaccination.

Note:A Yellow Fever vaccination is required from those coming from countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. The international vaccination certificate can be requested upon arrival at the airport.

Following the global pandemic, Covid measures and tests can be applied from your country of origin and in your country of destination. Please consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Health.

Driving License

Local and international driving licenses are required.

Jet lag

Botswana Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+2 ).
Botswana is in the Central Africa Time Zone ( CAT ).

Currency

Botswana uses the Pula Botswana
1 Euro (€) = 13,47 Pula
1 Dollar (USD) = 11,40 Pula

There are offices or banks where travellers can exchange money. In large cities, it is also possible to withdraw money from banks with international Visa credit cards.

Electricity

230 Volts; 50 Hz

Depending on your country of origin, it is recommended to travel with an adapter. More info here.

Languages

The official language of Botswana is English and Tswana.
National languages are also present in the country: Tswana, Sekalalaka and Seherero.

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