Botswana Safari > Botswana Visa Information

Botswana Visa Information Guide

Visa, Customs, Passport..and other Essential Information You need to Know To Enter Botswana

botswana visa

The first thing to you must check when applying for a Botswana Visa is if your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your scheduled departure.

Secondly, check the website below whether or not you actually need a Visa to enter Botswana.

Check the Botswana Embassy website for the following information...

  • List of countries that DO NOT require a Visa
  • List of countries that DO require a Visa
  • Downloadable Visa application form
  • General Requirements for Visa Application
  • ...and more

If your country does not appear on the website for some odd reason then it is advisable that you double check with any Botswana Embassy or Consulate in your country....whether or not you will need a Visa .

Last but not least you are going to need the following...

  • Completed Visa form
  • Letter of support from your host
  • Two identical passport size photos
  • Return visa or residence permit from your country of residence.
  • A fee of P25
  • Return air ticket.
  • Confirmation letter from the country if you are coming for business purposes

If you plan on staying for more than 3 months, then you need to apply for permission before you visit. Inquire about this from any Botswana Embassy or Consulate in your country.

The following countries have diplomatic representation in Botswana...

  1. United States of America
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Germany
  4. India
  5. China
  6. South Africa
  7. Russia
  8. France
  9. Sweden
  10. Angola
  11. Namibia
  12. Nigeria
  13. Cuba
  14. Mozambique
  15. Brazil
  16. Kenya
  17. Libya
  18. Zimbabwe
  19. Zambia

To keep up to date with the above, visit Embassy Worlwide. You can also use the website to find out whether Botswana has diplomatic representations in your country.

If Botswana is not represented in your country ,you can obtain your visa (or Botswana Visa Information) from the British High Commission.

Customs Advice

There are some personal goods that are duty free when declared on arrival. These include...

  • Two litres of Wine
  • One litre of spirits
  • 200 cigarettes
  • 20 cigars
  • 250 grams of cigarette or pipe tobacco
  • 250 milli litres of eadu de toilette (fragrance)
  • 50 milli litres of perfume

Remember that all goods acquired outside Botswana must be declared when you arrive.

Click here for a comprehensive guide (from the government website)....on customs and other entry requirements.

New South African Immigration Regulation(please read if you are traveling with minors)

From 1stJune, 2015 all travelers under the age of 18 will be required to travel with an Unabridged Birth Certificate.

Since you're most likely going to pass through South African borders to get to Botswana...its means that if you're traveling with minors (even if both parents are there)'ll have to make sure that they have their unabridged birth certificate with them.

If you're a guardian, you will required to provide an affidavit from the child's parents proving that you have permission to travel with the child.

For more information on this...check out the website links below...   and ...

Notice: Since the above information may change overtime, you should always consult with a BOTSWANA EMBASSY or CONSULATE for more details on Botswana Visa Information and for  visa application forms.