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Botswana Travel Information

 

Visas and passports

All visitors must have a passport which is valid at least 6 months following their arrival in Botswana. Make sure you have at least two open pages in your passport for officials to stamp.

South African, Commonwealth countries (except Ghana, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Pakistan), Scandinavian and USA passport holders don't require visas to enter Botswana. For more information on Botswana visa requirements.

Visas for the countries which require them to enter Botswana must obtain their visas before arrival in Botswana. They can be obtained from Botswana's various embassies and high commissions abroad. In countries where Botswana is not represented, visas may be obtained from the British High Commission.


Health

There is considerable concern over of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We wish to reassure travellers that there have been no reported cases in Botswana or neighbouring countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia or Angola.

Africa is a vast continent. To provide some perspective, the distance from Freetown in Sierra Leone to Maun the gateway of the Okavango Delta in Botswana is 3179 miles - way further than the greatest east-west distance of the 48 contiguous states of the USA which is 2800 miles.

Botswana has been stringent in screening incoming visitors. Please note that if you have been in a country affected by Ebola within 30 days of arriving in Botswana you will be refused entry into Botswana.

Malaria: We advise guests travelling to Botswana to consult their local travel clinic for suitable malaria medication.

 

International Flights

The best way to enter Botswana by air is via Johannesburg. There are daily flights to Gaborone and Maun on Air Botswana and Airlink.

 

Light aircraft transfers

Many of Botswana's best safari destinations are in remote areas which are largely inaccessible by road, making light aircraft the only way to get to these camps.

If your itinerary includes a light aircraft transfer there will be a weight restriction for your baggage in soft baggage. The allowances are strictly enforced so if you want to take a whole bunch of camera equipment you may need to purchase another seat.  We recommend that you take only what you need (Nearly all the safari camps offer complimentary laundry facilities in their daily rate) and leave the rest at the lock up facility at Johannesburg International airport for the duration of your safari.

There is also a maximum guest weight restriction of around 100kg (220lbs) for light aircraft transfers. If your personal weight or baggage will exceed these limits, please advise us, as you may be required to book an additional seat at an additional charge.

Botswana Tourism Levy

As of the 1st of June 2017 Botswana Tourism will introduce a tourism levy of US$ 30 per person payable by all tourists, other than SADC Nationals, entering Botswana. When entering Botswana the US$ 30 is  payable by cash or card and once a receipt is obtained you may proceed to immigration.