Botswana has launched its new online visa system, enabling foreign visitors to obtain permission to visit the African state via the internet. This replaces the previous system of filling out paperwork and bringing the required documents to an embassy or immigration office. This new Botswana electronic visa (e-Visa) platform makes applying for a travel permit
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.
Travelers who require a visa for Botswana must now apply online. The electronic visa (e-Visa) system allows foreign nationals to obtain authorization to enter the country for tourism, business, and other purposes.
This simplified electronic visa application removes the need to travel to an embassy or consulate in person and has greatly reduced processing times.
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.
In some cases, a foreign traveler may not be able to obtain a certain type of visa online. In this situation, they will have to make an appointment at an embassy or consulate of Botswana in the traveler’s country of residence.
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.