The European Union (EU) has announced that it plans to introduce a document referred to as a “Green Certificate” to allow safe travel between member states during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Green Certificate will show information about any coronavirus vaccinations or tests the individual has received. Travelers can then use the certificate as proof
Visa Policy for Botswana
The visa policy of Botswana determines who may enter the African country without a visa and which foreign citizens need a visa for Botswana. Regardless of whether they need a visa or not, all travelers must have a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months upon arrival to gain entry to the country.
Travel visa restrictions for Botswana currently identify around 100 nationalities who do not need a visa for Botswana for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 12-month period. Visa exemption is granted for purposes of tourism, business, or transit purposes. To gain visa-free entry, these visitors are simply required to present a valid passport upon arrival at a Botswana border checkpoint.
All other foreign passport holders need a visa to visit Botswana no matter their expected duration of stay or travel purpose. At present, it is only possible to obtain a visa for Botswana from a diplomatic government office in advance, by making an appointment at an embassy or consulate of Botswana in the traveler’s country of residence.
However, this will soon change with the upcoming introduction of the eVisa for Botswana program. This simplified electronic visa application will remove the need to travel to an embassy or consulate in person and greatly reduce processing times. Additionally, it will allow expedited entry at border checkpoints in Botswana.
There is not currently a Botswana visa ban in place for any foreign nationality.
Discover more detailed information about the different types of visa for Botswana in the boxes below.