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Entry Formalities


Citizens of most European and Commonwealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Botswana. 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.

NB: For countries with which Botswana has no diplomatic representation, visa information and processing is available through British Embassies and High Commissions.



It is advisable to adhere to the luggage restrictions for both scheduled international, domestic and charter flights: 20kgs (44lbs) on domestic and charter 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 immunizations are required.


Customs duties are not charged on the following goods imported as accompanied or unaccompanied passengers’ baggage:

Wines:                       2litres

Spirituous:                 litter

Cigarettes:                 200

Cigars:                       20

Tobacco:                    50gms

Perfume:                   50ml

Toilet water:             250ml

Note: Duty will be payable at the applicable rates where travelers import goods exceeding the above allowances. Travelers importing goods for business or commercial purpose will not qualify for the above allowances.


Binoculars, torch, insect repellent, lip salve, sunscreen, and 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 carrying on luggage. Contact your airline for details.


  • 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 jersey.
  • 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 polarized sunglasses.
  • Wide brimmed hats are preferable to baseball caps.