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.
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.
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.
• 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.
Please browse the tables below to see if you DO or DO NOT require a visa to enter Botswana:
Countries whose nationals DO NOT require a Botswana Visa.
Antigua & Barbuda
Holy See (Vatican City)
Norway (and colonies)
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Ireland
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Countries whose nationals DO require a Botswana Visa.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, Zaire)
Ivory Coast (Cote de Ivoire)
Sao Tome and Principe
* Commonwealth countries which require a visa to enter Botswana