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Botswana e-Visa Information

The Botswana e-Visa is a travel permit obtained online that allows the holder to enter the Republic of Botswana.

The following types of Botswana visa are available via the e-Visa platform:

  • Tourist visa
  • Business visa
  • Transit visa
  • Study visa
  • Employment visa
  • Investment visa

Applicants may select the number of entries and enter the length of their planned stay in Botswana during the application process.

For example, Tourist e-Visas can either be single-entry (1 month) or multiple-entry (3 months).

The digital platform was launched on August 12, 2021, allowing foreign visitors to apply for a Botswana visa online.

Previously, foreign citizens who needed a visa for Botswana, had to apply for this travel document in person from a Botswana Embassy.

The Botswana e-Visa service replaces this old system. There is no longer any need to travel to an Botswana Embassy, Consulate, or immigration office to apply.

The online platform greatly expedites the application process and facilitates entry to the country.

Eligible foreign citizens can apply for the e-Visa  through the simple online Botswana visa application form. 

It is necessary to complete the form using basic personal, passport, and travel information, and pay the Botswana e-Visa fee before submitting the application.

Once approved, the eVisa for Botswana will be sent to a current email address provided on the form. The holder must then download and print a copy of the approved visa to carry with them when traveling to Botswana.

Highlights
Online visa for Botswana
Visas available for tourism, business travel, and more
Single and multiple-entry options
Can be used at any point of entry in Botswana
What is Necessary?

Valid passport

Recent photo

Credit/debit card

Current email address

Botswana e-Visa Requirements

In order to submit an e-Visa application, it is first necessary to meet the Botswana visa requirements.

The applicant is required to have:

  • A passport from an eligible country valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of with at least six months of validity remaining
  • A recent passport-type photo of the applicant
  • A valid debit/credit card to pay the Botswana visa fee
  • A current email address to which to receive the approved e-Visa for Botswana.

Additional documents required for a tourist e-Visa include:

  • Return or onward ticket
  • Flight reservations
  • Confirmation of accommodation booking(s) in Botswana
  • Travel plans/schedule

Botswana business visa applicants are required to provide the following:

  • Invitation letter and/or business profile from the host in Botswana
  • Meeting schedule (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of trade license, certificate of incorporation, etc.

Those applying for a Botswana transit visa online will need to submit the following:

  • Proof of right to enter the next destination country (e.g. visa, proof of residence, etc.)
  • Cover letter

Botswana visitor visa applicants must provide:

  • Invitation letter
  • Proof of the right to return to the country they arrived from (e.g. visa, proof of residence, etc.)
  • Return ticket
  • Certified copy of the host’s National Identity Card, Residence Permit, or equivalent
  • Certified copies of marriage or birth certificates for spouse or dependents, respectively (if applicable)

For study visa applications, the following documents are required:

  • Study permit or approval letter
  • Letter of admission from a school or institution in Botswana
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support oneself

Foreign nationals applying for an employment visa online must provide their work and residence permits or approval letter.

Once the approved visa has been received via email, the traveler is required to print a copy of the eVisa to carry with them when traveling to Botswana.

It may be used to access the country at any port of entry in Botswana.

If a foreign citizen has dual nationality and holds a Botswana passport, they do not require a visa to enter the country. They may simply present their passport from Botswana to gain entry. 

Botswana visa requirements for US citizens and several other nationalities state that it is not necessary to have a visa for short stays up to 90 days. However, for longer visits, it will be necessary to apply for a Botswana visa.

Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

Covid Update for Botswana

Last update: 20/01/2021

Airports in Gaborone (GBE), Francistown (FRW), Kasane (BBK), and Maun (MUB) have now reopened. All passengers, with the exception of those under the age of 5, must have a printed medical certificate in English with a negative PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. Passengers may also be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test at their own expense, medical screening, and quarantine upon arrival.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Botswana Visa FAQ

  • What is a Botswana e-Visa?

    The Botswana e-Visa is an online visa system that eliminates the need to apply for a travel document for Botswana from an embassy or consulate.

  • Which countries need a visa for Botswana?

    Although some foreign citizens do not need a visa for Botswana for short stays, a number of nationalities are required to have an approved visa no matter the duration or purpose of the visit.

    At the moment, all visa-required travelers are required to obtain a visa in advance by applying online, using the e-Visa system.

  • Who is eligible for a Botswana e-Visa?

    All travelers who require a visa for Botswana can apply online. Find out if you need a Botswana e-Visa by using the visa checker tool at the top of this page.

  • How long can I stay in Botswana with the e-Visa?

    Applicants can select the length of time they plan to stay in Botswana while completing the online form. Different types of e-Visa have different maximum lengths of time that the visitor can stay. Options for tourist visas are either 1 month (single entry) or 3 months (multiple entry).

  • Can I apply for an e-Visa while in Botswana?

    No, it is necessary to submit an application and receive an approved e-Visa from outside of Botswana before the holder can enter the country.

  • Where can I apply for a Botswana visa?

    Eligible foreign citizens are able to submit a digital application form online via the e-Visa portal. It is necessary to complete the form with basic personal, passport, and travel information, and pay an e-Visa fee, before submitting the application.

  • What do I need to make an application for the Botswana electronic visa?

    In order to apply for the Botswana visa online, it is necessary to have a valid passport from an eligible country. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have 3 or more blank pages.

    The applicant must also provide a recent passport-style photograph.
    Digital copies of additional documents are required for the different types of Botswana e-Visa. For example, to obtain a tourist visa, travelers must provide the following:

    • Flight reservations
    • Return/onward ticket
    • Accommodation booking confirmation
    • Travel itinerary
  • How much does the Botswana online visa cost?

    Different types of visa for Botswana (tourist, business, employment, etc.) have different processing fees. Travelers should have a credit or debit card to hand when applying, as they will be required to cover these costs.

  • How long will my Botswana e-Visa take to process?

    Applications for a Botswana e-Visa are processed very quickly. Travelers may receive their approved visa in as little as a few hours or, at most, a few working days.

  • Do I need to print a copy of the Botswana tourist e-Visa?

    It is recommended that travelers print a copy of the e-Visa to present upon arrival at border control in the country.

  • Why was my e-Visa for Botswana application denied?

    If the e-Visa for Botswana application is denied, it is most likely because the form contained small errors in the information supplied. Applicants should ensure all the data provided is correct and matches the details of their passport before they submit the digital form.

  • Is the Botswana online visa valid for multiple entries?

    It is possible to obtain a multiple-entry visa for Botswana. The online application form allows travelers to select the number of entries they would like their visa to cover.

  • What ports of entry can I use with the tourist e-Visa?

    Holders of an approved e-Visa are able to enter Botswana at any of the air or land border control points in the country.

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