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Travelers from Commonwealth countries such as the United Kingdom are not obliged to obtain visa upon entering the Republic of Botswana, unless the Minister of Labor and Home Affairs has directed otherwise. Botswana has also signed visa elimination agreements with a big number of countries, and their nationals are not required to get an entry visa.
All British nationals entering Botswana, except those with United Nations Convention travel documents, must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months. Also, visitors must have sufficient funds to finance their stay as well as outgoing travel documentations.
VISAS: Valid entry visas for other non-British passports and/or countries which do require them may be obtained from Botswana’s various embassies and high commissions abroad. Visas may be obtained from the British High Commission in countries where Botswana has no representation. Entry visas that are obtained at border posts are only valid for a maximum of 30-90 days.
Extensions may be acquired from any immigration office in Botswana. Visitors are not allowed for more than 90-days stay in every calendar year, except permission in the form of a waiver pending the outcome of a residence permit application has been granted.
Passports – Passports valid for at least six months required of all nationals
Visas – Not required of all nationals including for stays of up to 90 days except the following:
- Nationals of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia, who do need a visa before entering the country;
- Transit passengers who are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft and without intentions of leaving the airport.
Application Requirements for nationals mentioned above:
Two passport photos, letter of support from host and return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence.
5 to 14 working days required, depending on nationality and type of visa applied for.
Information gathered here are subject to change without prior notice. UK Passport holders traveling to the republic of Botswana are encouraged to contact the following embassies for confirmation:
Botswanian Embassy in London and Visa Section
6 Stratford Place
Telephone: (020) 7499-0031
Fax: (020) 7495-8595
Botswana High Commission – PRETORIA
24 Amos Street, Colbyn
P.O. Box 57034, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria
Telephone: (27) 12 342-4761 / 62 / 63 / 64
Fax: (27) 12 342-1845
Botswana Consulate General – CAPE TOWN
8 Riebeeck Street – 4th Floor, Southern Life Centre
P.O. Box 3288 Cape Town, 8000
Telephone: (27) 21 211-045
Fax: (27) 21 211-046
Botswana Consulate General – JOHANNESBURG
122 De Korte Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 32051, Braamfontein, 201
Telephone: (27) 11 403-3748
Fax: (27) 11 403-1286