Mokoro Safari
Mokoro Safari
Impala Herd
Impala Herd
Elephants by Chobe River
Elephants by Chobe River
Dance performance at the Bahurutshe Cultural Village
Dance performance at the Bahurutshe Cultural Village

Entry Formalities


Citizens of most European and Common-wealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Botswana.

Visitors should check with Botswana embassies or consulates, or their travel agents, before departure.

It is vital for visitors to carry a valid passport and sufficient funds to facilitate their stay.

Note: For countries with whom Botswana has no diplomatic representation, visa information and processing is available through British Embassies and High Commissions.

Luggage Restrictions

It is advisable to adhere to the luggage restrictions for both scheduled international, domestic and charter flights: 20kgs (44lbs) on domestic flights, 12kgs (26lbs) on light aircraft (including Okavango Delta charter flights), and 20kgs (44lbs) on international flights.


If you are travelling to Botswana from areas infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Otherwise, no other immunisations are required. However, it would be wise to have an updated TPD (tetanus, polio, diphtheria) vaccine, and a Hepatitis A vaccine.


All goods acquired outside Botswana must be declared when you enter the country.


The importation of animals is closely regulated for public health reasons and also for the well being of the animals. Domestic pets and livestock may be imported subject to animal health restrictions.

For more information contact:
Director of Animal Health & Production
P/Bag 0032, Gaborone
Tel: 267 395-0500

Note: A valid certificate of identity, rabies vaccination and movement permit issued in Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia or Zimbabwe will be accepted at the time of importation into Botswana.


No boat, mokoro or aquatic apparatus may be imported into Botswana, unless the owner is in possession of an import permit issued by the Department of Water Affairs.

For more information contact:
Department of Water Affairs
P/Bag 0029, Gaborone
Tel: 267 360-7100

Drivers’ Licenses

Drivers are required to carry their licenses at all times. Licenses from neighbouring countries are accepted in Botswana. If not written in English, a certified written translation is required. International drivers’ licenses are accepted in Botswana.

Importation of Motor Vehicles

Non-residents visiting Botswana and coming from a country outside the Southern African Common Customs Area for a limited period are normally required to produce a carnet or bill of entry (any duty liability thereon being secured by bond or cash deposit) in respect of their motor vehicles. For further information, please contact Department of Customs.

Note: The Southern African Common Customs Area comprises Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia.

Customs Offices

Botswana Unified Revenue Service
Business hours: 07h30 – 16h30

Head Office
Private Bag 0013, Gaborone
Tel: +267 363 8000 /9000
Fax: +267 363 9999
BURS Service Centre
Private Bag 0013, Gaborone
Tel: +267 363 8888
Fax: +267 363 9999

Regional Offices

South Region

P.O. Box 263, Lobatse
Tel: +267 533-0566,
Fax: +267 533-2477

P O Box 5, Jwaneng
Tel: +267 588 0695
Fax: +267 588 3438

South Central Region

Private Bag 00102, Gaborone
Tel: +267 363 8000 / 9999
Fax: +267 392 2781

Gaborone Post Office
P/Bag 00102, Gaborone
Tel: +267 390 1210

Central Region

P O Box 129, Selebi Phikwe
Tel: +267 261 3699 /0627
Fax: +267 261 5367

P O Box 240, Mahalapye
Tel: +267 471 0486
Fax: +267 471 0873

P O Box 97, Palapye
Tel: +267 492 0388
Fax: +267 492 0784

North Region

P O Box 457, Francistown
Tel: +267 241 3635
Fax: +267 241 3114/4267

North West Region

P O Box 219, Maun
Tel: +267 686 1312
Fax: +267 686 0194

Private Bag 0018, Ghanzi 
Tel: +267 659 6456
Fax: +267 659 6456