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Visa Requirement When Visiting Botswana

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Visa Requirements When Visiting Botswana

Do I need a visa to visit Botswana?

Citizens of most European and Commonwealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Botswana, however, a valid passport is always required for any international travel no matter what nationality or passport you are travelling on.

Citizens of certain countries will be required to attain a visa for entry into Botswana, therefore, it is important to check with your local Consular or Embassy well in advance if you are required to obtain a visa into Botswana as the list mentioned below changes from time to time.

It is the sole responsibility of the traveller to ensure all necessary documentation and visas are obtained prior to arriving at the port of entry. It is also vital for visitors to carry sufficient funds to facilitate their stay.

All Citizens of Commonwealth countries do not require visa except those from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Foreign nationals whose countries have signed a Visa Abolition Agreement with Botswana are also not required to apply for a visa.Below is a list of all the countries that require visas.

The basic rule when comes to visa's to Botswana is that visitors from Commonwealth countries do NOT require a visa before travelling to Botswana. However, citizens of Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka DO require a visa to Botswana.

Visa Categories
Botswana has two visa categories which different nationalities fall under. These are listed below:

Non-Visa Category: No visa is required. No action or fee needed. Stamp is for 30 days, which can be extended.
Visa-Category: Visa is required and applied for before travelling. Can take between 7 to 14 days.

Length of stay - All nationalities can stay for a maximum of 90 days in any 12 month period for holiday purposes, without a permit.

Passport Requirement
All travellers to Botswana will need:
• Passports must be valid for at least six months.
• Sufficient funds for your stay
• At least 2 blank passport pages
• Round-trip or onward ticket if flying into Botswana

You should also be aware of additional requirements such as travelling to Botswana with minors the impending Botswana Tourism Development Levy and. Click on the links below for more details.

Visa Types*
• A Single Entry visa allows you to enter Botswana one time. Once you have used it for an entry and exit, you cannot use it again.
• A Multiple Entry visa allows you to enter Botswana more than once. Valid for up to 90 days.

*These visas are issued to Visa Category nationals before travelling to Botswana.

Botswana Visa Fees
Those who do not need a visa to Botswana need not worry about fees at the point of entry except for self-drivers.

Nationals who require a visa to Botswana will need to pay for it at the time of their application, and the fees vary from country to country, as well as with each visa type. Contact your nearest embassy, high commission or consulate for more information.

Visa Requirement
Please browse the tables below to see if you DO or DO NOT require a visa to enter Botswana:

Non-Visa Category
Countries whose nationals DO NOT require a Botswana Visa.

A
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria

B
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria

C
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic

D
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E
Estonia

F
Finland
France

G
Gambia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guyana

H
Holy See (Vatican City)
Hong Kong
Hungary

I
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy

J
Jamaica
Japan

K
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait

L
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxemburg

M
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
MozambiqueN
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway (and colonies)

O
Oman

P
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal

Q
Qatar

R
Republic of Ireland
Romania
Russian Federation

S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland

T
Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Tuvalu

U
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay

V
Vanuatu
Venezuela

Y
Yugoslavia

Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Visa Category
Countries whose nationals DO require a Botswana Visa.

A
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Armenia
Azerbaijan

B
Bangladesh*
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Burkina Faso
Burundi

C
Cambodia
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo

D
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, Zaire)
Djibouti

E
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia

F
Fiji

G
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana*
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea Bissau

H
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary

I
India*
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ivory Coast (Cote de Ivoire)

J
Jordan

K
Kazakhstan
Korea DPR
Kyrgyzstan (Kirghizia)

L
Laos PDR
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya

M
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malagasy
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Myanmar (Burma)

N
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria*

P
Pakistan*
Palau
Panama
Philippines

Q
Qatar

R
Rwanda

S
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Slovakia
Somalia
Sri Lanka*
Sudan
Sumatra
Suriname
Syria

T
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
Turkmenistan

U
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Upper Volta

V
Vatican City
Vietnam

Y
Yemen

* Commonwealth countries which require a visa to enter Botswana

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