Travel Advisory

Travel advice and advisories

The travel advice and advisories page provides Botswana citizens travelling and living abroad as well as non-Botswana citizens  with travel information and advice on situations that may affect their safety and well-being. You will receive regularly updated information on  security issues, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, and how to find help when you are in Botswana. Make sure where ever you intend to travel in the world you check your destination's advice and advisories page more often. Remember to be more cautious as you are soley responsible for your travel decisions.

We  wish to assure all those who wish to travel  to  Botswana that your safety is our number one priority. In case of emergency please contact the following numbers:

AMBULANCE     997

FIRE                  998

POLICE             999

Local travel advice and advisories

PUBLIC NOTICE

April 2016: Yellow Fever Outbreak in Angola and the DRC

The public is notified of the Yellow Fever outbreak in Angola and the DRC. For more information on the outbreak, contact the MInistry of Health on the toll free number 08100600740.

Travelling documents for minors under the age of 18
The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs would like to inform the public that with effect from the 1st June 2015, the following documents will be required from minors (18years and below) travelling to the Republic of South Africa:
 
DESCRIPTION REQUIREMENTS
Minor accompanied by his or her adoptive parent(s) • Valid Passport
• Valid VISA, if required
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parents of the minor reflecting
particulars of adoptive parent(s) or a court order confirming the adoption of the minor by the adoptive parent(s) accompanying him/her.
 
NOTE:
Where only one of the adoptive parents is travelling with the minor or where such a minor is travelling unaccompanied, the Parental Consent Affidavit will still be required by the absent adoptive parent(s) or in the case of a deceased adoptive parent, a copy of such parent’s death certificate.
 
Unaccompanied Minor
• Valid Passport
• Valid VISA, if required
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parents)
• Parental Consent Affidavit administered by any Commissioner of Oath
• Letter from the person who is to receive the minor in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic of South Africa where the minor will be residing
• Copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the minor in the
Republic of South Africa; and Contact details of the parents or legal guardian.
 
Child in alternative care or foster care
• Valid Passport
• Valid visa, if required
• Letter from the Department of Social Development where the child resides authorizing his or her departure from the Botswana.
 
NOTE:
Where either or both parents or adoptive parents are unable to issue a written consent a Letter of Special Circumstances may replace the Parental Consent Affidavit.  For more information visit: www.dha.gov.za
 
 

Suspected Foot & Mouth Disease Outbreak in the Chobe West area

A Press Release from the Chobe Veterinary Department has been issued on the Foot & Mouth Disease Outbreak.  If you are traveling to the Chobe Region, you are therefore all requested to the following movement protocol with immediate effect:

- Movement of cloven- hoooved animals and their fresh products. NOT ALLOWED out of the Chobe area. However, only allowed  within the Chobe East area with a veterinary permit. 

- Movement of fresh products derived from cloven-hooved animals. NOT ALLOWED out of the Chobe area. However, only allowed as well as the UHT Milk & Biltong from the Chobe West area and within the Chobe East area without a veterinary permit. 

- Movement of non-cloven-hooved animals and their fresh products. ALLOWED within and out of Chobe West and Chobe East without a veterinary movement permit. 

- Movement of fresh products not derived from cloven-hooved animal. ALLOWED out of Chobe West area  and within Chobe East area without a veterinary permit. 

- Movement of products not derived from cloven-hooved animals. NOT ALLOWED out of Chobe West area and shall include the following:

(a) Unvarnished Wood Carvings

(b) Wood

(c) Hay

(d) Thatching grass

(e) Saw Dust

(f) Animal feeds

The following shall however be allowed out of Chobe West area after treatment with 4% Soda:

(a) Varnished Wood Carvings

(b) All items made from reeds (mats, baskets etc)

A review of movement restrictions shall be done from time to time as the situation improves and you shall be informed accordinly.

For more information you can call: (+267) 625 0244 

 

Elephants found in areas around Serowe, Mahalapye and Tswapong areas.

The Department of Wildlife has recently reported some elephants which have been found roaming in some unxepected territories. The elephants are said to be currently roaming around Mogorosi, Tshetlhong, Bikwe, Segawaneng, Thebane and Pilikwe lands. The department of Wildlife officers are currently attending to these reports.

Batswana cautioned to be on high alert following the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. 

Batswana Students living in Durban: More than 70 Botswana nationals who are currently living in Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa were said to be terrified after the ongoing attacks on foreign nationals even though no attacks have been recorded yet on any Batswana. Please be safe whereever you are and make sure you contact the Botswana High Commision based in Pretoria for any assistance that you may require. http://www.thepatriot.co.bw/news/item/953-batswana-students-trapped-in-d...

Now Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana suspends patients' referrals to South Africa: Princess  Marina Hospital has suspended patients' referrals to South Africa health facilities following attacks on the other African nationals in that country. http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=50659&dir=2015/april/21

Botswana passport makes top four in Africa: The Seychelles has the most powerful passport in Africa followed by Mauritius, South African and then Botswana. http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=50656&dir=2015/april/21

Batswana warned on car hijackings in South Africa. Follow the stories below on what has been happening and for you to be extra careful when traveling from Botswana to South Africa with Botswana registered cars: http://www.thepatriot.co.bw/news/item/603-beware-hijacked-in-joburg.html

• Leading business executive’s new Range Rover hijacked in Joburg last week; dumped in the bush

• Standard Chartered Bank requires car-tracking system installation in all new cars they finance 
•  Police warn this is a crisis – 12 Botswana cars stolen between November and December in Gauteng province; situation worse in January  

 All  tourists are cautioned against the use of illegal tourism operators as they are a security concern because they are untraceable and they have not been certified to meet all licensing requirements as stipulated by the Tourism Regulations 2010. Tourists are therefore encouraged to always require presentation of  a valid TOURISM LICENCE by their hosts failing which they should book elsewhere.

 

Botswana's efforts on stopping illegal trading of wildlife. For more information, click on the below topics:

 

International travel advice and advisories

Ebola Restrictions still remain in place. The Ministry of Health still retains entry restrictions that were imposed last August. The situation has stabilised and even though Botswana has not had any Ebola case, this does not mean that the country is off the danger zone. For more information follow the folliing link for more updates; http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=50415&dir=2015/april/09

USA 

Batswana living in the USA and those traveling to the US are urged to be more cautious in their travels to some areas within the US as safety is of a major concern. Read the below stories for full updates:

Riots in Baltimore: There are some unrests which have been reported in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man by the name of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody recently.

Read the links below for more updates on the incident: 

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/27/us/baltimore-unrest/index.html

http://rt.com/usa/253569-baltimore-riot-live-updates/

Justice Dept. investigating the death of a man killed in Baltimore PD's custody: The US Deparment of Justice has announced that it is opening a federal civil rights investigation into the death of a Baltimore man who dies after his spine was severed while he was being held in police custody. http://rt.com/usa/251825-doj-civil-rights-freddie-gray/

'March2justice' rally arrives in Washington DC seeking to end police brutality: Activists campaigning against police brutality and racial profiling have reached Washington DC, having marched more than 200 miles from New York City on foot. http://rt.com/usa/251749-march2justice-york-dc-protest/

Texas Police Chase end with fatal shooting: A high-speed car chase in Houston, Texas, ended with a police officer fatally shooting the driver of the vehicle on live television.  http://rt.com/usa/249993-texas-car-chase-houston/

Protesters against police brutality barricade Brooklyn Bridge: Protesters gathered in New York City and around the United States to rally against police brutality and a peak in officers killing unarmed black men. http://rt.com/usa/249713-protest-brutality-brooklyn/

Oklahoma Police Officer killing a man, mistaking gun for Taser: A video has been released showing a reserve Police Officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shooting and killing an unarmed black man. The officer said he used his gun instead of a Taser "by mistake." Follow the link for a full story: http://rt.com/usa/249137-video-oklahoma-shooting-taser/ 

North Carolina College employee shot dead: A gunman walked into a building on the campus of Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina and shot the school's print shot operator, killing him. A a full coverage on the story, follow the following link; http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/13/us/north-carolina-college-shooting/ind...

South Carolina shooting of a black man (Walter Scott) by white officer: Walter Scott, who was shot to death by South Carolina police Officer Michael Slager, was a 50 year old father of four. Follow the following link for a full update on the terrible incident; http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-who-was-walter-scott...

 

Italy

Following the capzing of a ship that was carrying illegal immigrants to Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, 2 people have been arrested, accused of manslaughter: The captain of a ship full of migrants that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea  has been arrested on suspicion of "reckless shipwreck, multiple manslaughter (and) abetting clandestine immigration" for his role in a disaster that left hundreds dead. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/21/europe/migrant-boat-deaths/index.html

 

South Africa

New Immigration Laws: Travelling with children to South Africa

1. Where parents are travelling with a child.

Requirements:

i. Such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

ii. Adopted children to provide proof of adoption by means of an adoption Certificate.

Explanatory Note:

• These regulations apply to all travellers, foreign as well as South African; on departure as well as arrival.

• In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

• All documents must be original or copies certified as a true copy of the original by a commissioner of oaths or the equivalent commissioning authority, should commissioners of oath not be a practice in the country concerned.

2. Where one parent is travelling with a child

Requirements:

i. Such parent must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

ii. Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with.

iii. A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or

iv. Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate;

v. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent.

Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.

Explanatory Note:

The affidavit may not be older than 4 months, dating from the date of travel.

3. Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce:

Requirements:

i. A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;

ii. An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child;

iii. Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and

iv. The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.

4. Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer:

Requirements:

i. Proof of consent from one of or both his and her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he

or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child;

ii. A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing;

iii. A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and

iv. The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Any child who is in alternative care as defined in the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)

Requirements:

Shall, before departing from the Republic, produce a certified copy of an authorisation letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides as contemplated in section 169 of the Children’s Act.

Explanatory Note:

This Regulation has entered into force on 26 May 2014.

Contact details are on the Home Page, at www.dha.gov.za

 

Batswana living in the Republic of South Afriva and those travelling there should be careful as there are currently attacks on non-citizens.

South African troops raid a hostel as they take on xenophobic violence: The South African government is working round the clock to stop the xenophobic violence around the country. The governement has since deployed convoys of armored personnels to patrol major cities where the attacks where very disturbing.  http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/22/world/south-africa-troops-raid-hostel/...

 

Xenophobic killing in South Africa township caught by photographer: A Mozambican national, Emmanuel Sithole got attacked by four South Africans who stabbed him with knives all in broad daylight. The Sowetan newspaper photographer James Oatway captured the whole ordeal on his camera. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/20/africa/south-africa-xenophobia-killing...

Intercape bus hijack. Fake cops stop bus, rob passengers at gun point in South Africa: 48 Zimbabweans endured a four hour hijack terror aboard an intercape bus in South Africa Yesterday. The robbers got away with cash and other valuables after they stopped the Bulawayo/Johannesburg bus near Hammanskraal at around 3am. http://www.chronicle.co.zw/intercape-hijack-fake-cops-stop-bus-rob-passe...

300 Suspects arrested for anti-immigrant violence: More than 300 suspects have been arrested in South Africa in connection with the deadly attaks on foreigners that have forced thousands to flee. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/20/africa/south-africa-anti-foreigner-att...

SA shops hit by xenophobic attacks: Foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted overnight in eastern Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32347305

Xenophobic violence in South Africa leaves atleast five (5) dead: Hundreds forced to flee amid unrest that has claimed two (2) foreigners and three (3) South Africans, including a 14 year old boy. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/14/south-africa-xenophobic-vio...

Zimbabwe making plans to evacuate citizens from South Africa: Zimbabwe says it will facilitate the return of its nationals who want to go back home following xenophobic violence that are spreading to many parts of South Africa.  http://www.enca.com/africa/zimbabwe-making-plans-evacuate-its-citizens

Concern over xenophobia attacks in Johannesburg: Tensions between foreigners and locals is said to be easing in Durban but more concerns growing over similar attacks in johannesburg. http://www.enca.com/media/video/concern-over-xenophobia-attacks-johannes...

Xenophobic Violence: The xenophobia attacks against foreign nationals in some parts of South Africa has escalated and most of the victims have been left homeless, some their businesses looted by local South Africans.

Two Ethopians burnt as violene escalates in Durban: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/two-ethiopians-burnt-violence-escalates...

Foreigners take a stand after spate of Kwa-Zulu Natal attacks: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/foreigners-take-stand-after-spate-kzn-a...

Xenophobic unrest moves to Durban CBD: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/watch-xenophobic-unrest-moves-durban-cbd

Chad

Conservation is war: Inside the battle to save Africa's elephants: Every day, in the remote wildlife refuge in the Salamat region of South Eastern Chad, park rangers risk their lives to protect elephants that have managed to survive the poaching massacres of the last decade. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/10/africa/chad-elephant-conservation/inde...

 

Nigeria

A Nigerian's message to South Africa: 'Just as violence can go viral, so can love.' : Demonstration in Abuja, Nigeria, protest against anti - immigrant violence that erupted in South Africa. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/21/world/south-african-violence-a-nigeria...

 

Mozambique

Mozambique border post situation back to normal: Following the recent xenophobic attacks against Mozambican nationals, the disgruntled Mozambican nationals had barricaded a road leading to Ressano Garcia border post in reaction to the attacks. However, after the intervention of the South African government on these cruel attacks, the border posts have now been opened to all South Africans and the situation is said to have gone back to normal. http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2015/04/22/mozambique-border-post-back... 

 

 

DISCLAIMER

We issue a Travel Alert for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Alert might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, we cancel the Travel Alert.

Should you have any travel advisory updates that you wish to share, kindly send us an email at publicrelations@botswanatourism.co.bw