Entry requirements

This page has information on travelling to Botswana.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Botswana set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Botswana’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate.

All travellers

All travellers should follow the entry rules set out for their COVID-19 status.

COVID-19 entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at little notice. You should monitor the government of Botswana’s Facebook page for the latest developments or contact the government of Botswana’s 24 hour COVID-19 helpline on 16649 / 0800 600 111.

If you’re fully vaccinated

The Government of Botswana has removed all entry requirements, including requirements for vaccinations or PCR tests.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

The Government of Botswana has removed all entry requirements, including requirements for vaccinations or PCR tests.

Children and young people

The Government of Botswana has removed all entry requirements, including requirements for vaccinations or PCR tests.

If you’re transiting through Botswana

Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.

The rules set out above also apply to travellers wishing to transit Botswana.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Botswana.

The Botswana government has stated that dual nationals using two different passports can only enter the country on the same passport they used to exit the previous country.

Visas

British nationals do not normally need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days.

Overstaying can cause delays on departure. If you wish to extend your stay, seek an extension from the Department of Immigration.

Travel to or from South Africa

If you’re planning to enter South Africa before or after you visit Botswana, you should refer to the travel advice for South Africa.

Travelling with children

The Botswana government has introduced new immigration rules from 1 October 2016. Children (under 18 years of age) who are travelling into or through Botswana must provide a certified copy of their full unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport (an abridged (short) birth certificate won’t be accepted).

If the child is travelling with one parent, with another adult or unaccompanied, the parent or parents who aren’t present will need to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. For more information please contact the Botswana Embassy.

Travelling with children via South Africa

If you’re transiting through South Africa with children, see our South Africa travel advice page for information and advice about the documents you’ll need to carry.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Ebola

The Botswana government continues to impose measures to screen travellers arriving from Ebola affected countries. Travellers arriving from Ebola affected countries may be denied entry to Botswana or put into quarantine on arrival. Further information is available from the Botswana Ministry of Health.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are valid for entry, transit and exit from Botswana. However, unlike with a full validity UK passport, ETD holders must apply for the appropriate Botswana visa or be in possession of a residence permit before travelling to Botswana.