Our Botswana Visa Guide will teach you everything you need to know about Botswana’s visa policy for people from all over the world, including different types of visas, particular requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and more. It is critical to have a scheduled flight ticket in hand before applying for a visa to Botswana.
Who needs a visa to visit Botswana?
The general rule about Botswana visas is that travellers from Commonwealth countries DO NOT require a visa to enter Botswana. Botswana requires a visa from citizens of Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Botswana requires tourist visas from over 140 countries, including a large number of Central and South American, Asian, and African nations. Citizens of Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are required to have a visa, although the majority of Commonwealth nations are exempt.
Entry into Botswana
Current Entry Requirements for Botswana
If a person is fully immunised, a negative PCR test is not necessary. You will be regarded fully immunised if any of the following conditions are met:
a) Has received two doses of a two-dose primary immunisation series and is not yet due for a booster shot.
b) Received a single dose of a primary series vaccine and is not yet due for a booster.
c) Received two doses of a two-dose primary vaccine series plus a booster shot.
d) Received a single dose of a primary series vaccine and a booster injection.
If you have gotten only one dose of a two-dose primary series vaccine and are not yet due for the second dose, you must have a negative PCR test.
If you have had 1 dose of a 2-dose primary series vaccination and are scheduled for a second dose, a negative PCR test is necessary, and the second dose of the vaccine will be delivered at the port of entry if you are partially vaccinated.
If you are eligible for a booster dosage and are partially vaccinated after receiving a full primary series vaccine, a negative PCR test is necessary and a booster shot will be delivered at the port of entry.
5. If you are unvaccinated, a negative PCR test is necessary and you will be given one dose of a primary series of vaccinations at the port of entry.
At all admission points, vaccinations are administered to anyone who are not fully immunised.
Eligibility to apply for a Botswana visa
The criteria in place to apply for a Botswana visa is to ensure travellers have all the correct and relevant documents with them, and the journey goes without any problems. The criteria is listed down below:
A valid passport with at least six months remaining after the date of return, along with photocopies of any previous visas, are required (if applicable).
Recent passport photograph.
A cover letter describing your reason for visiting the country.
A journey itinerary.
Processing time for Botswana visas
The service is done between seven (7) and fourteen (14) days after the date of application, or in one (1) day if a visa is issued upon arrival.
Appointment waiting times
Appointment wait times for non-residents are likely to exceed several months. Appointments scheduled by non-residents on any day other than the second or fourth Thursday of each month will be automatically cancelled.
Who can visit Botswana without a visa?
The list of visa-exempt countries includes the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the majority of European nations. If you are still uncertain, you can visit the Botswana eVisa website to see if you require a visa. At the airport, you will receive a stamp allowing authority for stays of up to 90 days.
For detailed information on specific parts of the general visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
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|What is a Visa?|
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|Do I need more than one visa?|
|How long is a visa valid for?|
|When do I need my visa?|
|What if my visa is refused?|
Botswana visa types
The length of a Botswana visa varies on the type of visa for which you apply:
- Single entry visa valid for 30 days.
- A 30-day multiple entry visa is valid.
- Multiple entrance visa good for 90 days.
What to do if your Botswana visa is refused?
You have the right to contest this verdict. The embassy of the Member State that opted to deny the visa distributes a standard form to notify the applicant of the decision to deny a Schengen visa and the reasons for the denial. People regularly ask us how we can “guarantee” the issuance of a visa. Because all final decisions are made by embassies, there is no way to obtain a 100 percent guarantee. All you can do is ensure that your application is as strong as possible. Please get in contact with us if your visa application has been rejected.
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Currently, Botswana permits visa-free travel to all nations for stays of up to 90 days. A valid passport is a requirement. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Botswana.
Botswana has two different seasons, summers that are hot and wet and winters that are chilly and dry. The usual summer temperatures (from October to April) remain around 40 degrees Celsius. During these months, the majority of the country’s precipitation is anticipated. Winter (May-September) is characterised by clear, sunny days with average temperatures between 27 C and 35 C. The greatest time to visit would be during the winter, when the weather is supposed to be pleasant and the humidity is low. This is also the finest time to observe wildlife, as animal herds begin to migrate.
The Pula is the official currency of Botswana. Additionally, USD, Euros, British pounds, and South African rands are accepted. The majority of hotels in Botswana accept major international credit cards, and there are ATMs around the country that dispense local money.