Botswana Visa Policy

Browse the visa policy of Botswana to learn if you need a visa to visit the country for your nationality.

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.

Tourist Visa Policy for Botswana

Botswana’s immigration policy regarding tourism identifies up to 140 nationalities that need an approved Botswana tourist visa to visit the Republic in Southern Africa for a vacation.

At present, these visitors are required to apply for a tourist visa for Botswana from an embassy or consulate of the country well in advance of their intended departure date. This application protocol requires the traveler to make a consular appointment several weeks in advance of the expected travel dates and then visit a diplomatic mission in person to supply a range of supporting documents in paper form.

However, the government of Botswana has announced that it will soon introduce an electronic application program to allow foreign citizens to obtain a tourist eVisa for Botswana exclusively online. This online application protocol will allow the traveler to complete a simple electronic form in a few minutes and upload supporting documents in digital form.

It is expected that a Botswana online tourist visa application will be processed and approved within a few business days, and the approved tourist eVisa will be sent by email. A copy of the approved eVisa can then be printed to gain expedited entry to Botswana at border checkpoints.

Further information about these Botswana tourist visa types can be found below.


Upcoming immigration policy changes for Botswana will see the introduction of a Botswana online visa program, also known as the Botswana eVisa.

This simplified electronic visa protocol will remove the need to visit a diplomatic government office in person to obtain a travel document for the country. It will eliminate the long waits and processing times associated with embassy visa applications or applying for a visa on arrival and greatly expedite entry at border checkpoints.

Travelers eligible to apply for a Botswana eVisa will be able to complete a simple online visa application form in just a few minutes with basic personal and contact information, passport data, and travel details. They will then be able to pay the Botswana electronic visa fee using a credit or debit card before submitting the form for approval.

It is expected that an eVisa for Botswana application will be processed within a few business days. Once approved, a copy of the online visa will be sent to the traveler via email. They will then be able to print a copy to present to immigration authorities on arrival in Botswana alongside their passport, to gain expedited entry to the country at border control.

Further information about the Botswana eVisa application will be published on this site closer to the launch date of the online system.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Current Botswana immigration requirements state that an approved embassy visa for Botswana is required for travelers from roughly 140 countries regardless of the amount of time they wish to spend in the South African country or the motive for the visit.

A Botswana embassy visa may be granted for a range of periods of permitted stay and validity, and for a single entry or multiple entries. This depends on whether the individual requires a Botswana business visa, tourist visa, work visa, student visa, transit visa, resident visa, or other visa option.

To apply for a visa for Botswana from an embassy or consulate, it is first necessary to make an appointment at the nearest diplomatic government office of Botswana in the traveler’s country of residence. This should be arranged well in advance of the intended arrival date to allow sufficient time for processing and approval of the consular travel document.

Applicants are required to complete an embassy visa application to bring to the appointment alongside a variety of supporting documents, which vary depending on the type of Botswana visa the individual requires. A mandatory processing fee must also be paid before the request can be submitted for approval.

Check the list below to find out if you need an embassy travel visa for Botswana.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mayotte
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sint Maarten
  • Somalia
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen

Botswana laws regarding visa rules and regulations identify over 100 nationalities for which a visa for Botswana is not required, including all European Union citizens and a large number of South American and African nations. Additionally holders of diplomatic or service passports issued by China, as well as Indian diplomatic passport holders, do not need a visa to visit Botswana.

Visa exemption is granted to these visitors for a stay of up to 90 days with a 12-month period, for purposes of tourism, transit, or business. To enter Botswana without a visa, it is necessary for these travelers to present an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in the country.

If a passport holder from one of these countries wishes to visit Botswana for longer periods of stay, or for purposes not permitted visa-free such as to work or study, a visa from an embassy will be required. It is necessary to begin the protocol of applying for a Botswana embassy visa well in advance of the intended travel dates to ensure sufficient time for the document to be processed and approved.

Discover a complete list of visa-free countries for Botswana below.

: Country list

  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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