Botswana Entry Requirements

Botswana Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Turkey Yes no Yes
Other EU countries Yes no Yes
Germany Yes no Yes
Switzerland Yes no Yes
Austria Yes no Yes

Passport information

Generally required, must still be valid for at least 6 months upon entry.

Visa information

Generally required, except for stays of 90 days or less, citizens of the following countries listed in the table above include: (a) Germany, Austria and all other EU countries; (b) Switzerland; and (c) Turkey.

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Tourist visa: 50 €.

Visa types and costs

Entry visa (single and multiple).


Maximum 90 days.


Travelers who otherwise require a visa and who fly on with the next connection and do not leave the airport do not need a transit visa. In person or by post at the embassy in Brussels (see contact addresses). Passports must be collected in person or by a messenger at the embassy.

Application required

(a) 1 application form. (b) 2 passport photos. (c) Fee, Copy of Wire Transfer. (d) Passport valid for at least six months upon entry and copy of passport. (e) certified copy of passport. (f) Travel agent/airline certificate of paid return ticket/hotel stays, itinerary. (g) Copy of return ticket. (h) for business trips, letters of invitation from the Botswana company. (i) in the case of private visits, the letter of invitation and the residence permit of the host. (j) in the case of private visits, legalized copy of the host’s ID card / work permit / residence permit. Should the visaed passport be sent by post,

Temporary Residence

Anyone wishing to stay in the country for more than 90 days (both visa-required and visa-free) must apply for a residence permit and/or work permit. More information from the responsible consular representation (see contact addresses) or application directly to: Immigration and Passport Control Officer, PO Box 942, Gaborone.

Processing time

Approx. 4 weeks.

Proof of sufficient funds

Foreigners must have sufficient funds.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport with photograph or your own passport. Austrians: Own passport. Swiss: Own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible. Important: Persons under the age of 18 must present an unabridged or complete and certified original birth certificate showing both parents when entering and leaving the country. If the birth certificate is not in English, you also need a certified translation. An international birth certificate, which is presented in the original, is recommended. Minors traveling with only one parent will also need a letter of consent (affidavit, copy of passport and contact details of the absent parent) from the other parent or certification that the letter of consent is not required (court order granting sole custody or death certificate). Persons traveling with minors who are not their own children must provide a copy of the child’s full birth certificate, as well as affidavits (“affidavit”), copies of passports and the contact details of both custodial parents or the child’s legal representative. In addition to the certificate / declaration of consent, minors traveling alone require the contact details and a copy of the passport of the person with whom the minor is traveling to Botswana. If the minor is only accompanied by the mother and only the mother is mentioned on the child’s birth certificate, no declaration of consent from the father is required.

Botswana Entry Requirements