Visa or not?
Visas are required by all foreign nationals excluding the following:
- All commonwealth countries except Ghana, India, Mauritius, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka.
- Tourists from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Western Samoa, San Marino, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and USA do not need visa's, except in cases where the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs has directed otherwise.
- Botswana has also signed visa abolition agreements with a number of countries, and their nationals are not required to obtain entry visas.
- Visitors planning on staying longer than 90 days will need to apply for prior permission.
- The best gateway to enter Botswana is via Johannesburg International Airport with daily flights between Maun/Kasane in Botswana and Johannesburg, with connections to and from Durban and Cape Town.
- Tobacco - 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
- Liquor - 2 litres of wine and 1 litre of spirits.
- Perfume - 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
- Cameras - Must be declared on arrival.
- Film - Reasonable for personal use( nowadays memory cards, unlimited capacity).
- Currency - Must be declared on arrival.
- Of course most of the above as well as items like batteries (AA, AAA, and CR123 etc.) can and should be bought in Maun before we depart for the bush, and the key is to travel light with only the basics in place.
- It is necessary for you to comply with Customs requirements on arrival and departure from Botswana and the purpose of these notes are to enable you to do so with as little delay as possible.
- Please note that these notes are not exhaustive and may change routinely.
- Persons requiring additional information are advised to write to the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Private Bag 0041, Gaborone, Botswana.
- All persons arriving in Botswana are required to unreservedly declare all goods in their possession to a Customs official on duty on a baggage declaration document called, Form J.
- Customs has a duty to protect Botswana from illicit goods. To do this, checks may be made on travellers and their baggage