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Botswana travel restrictions

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Airlines Updates

Published on 10.07.2020
Air Botswana resumes scheduled service in mid-July 2020

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Open for travel from Botswana
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Botswana.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals and residents of Botswana,
    • Passengers travelling for the delivery of essential supplies.
Flight Restrictions

published 04.06.2020
Airports in Botswana are closed.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

Returning residents will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

Compulsory COVID-19 testing upon arrival.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from or having transited through countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists from November through May/June in the northern parts
of the country: Bobirwa, Boteti, Chobe, Ngamiland, Okavango and Tutume districts/subdistricts.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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  • Botswana International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Botswana:
    Entry to Botswana is open only to Botswana nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. COVID-19 entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at little notice. You should monitor the Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for the latest developments or contact the Government of Botswana’s 24 hour COVID-19 helpline on 16649 / 0800 600 111. From 16 March, visas will no longer be issued to nationals from countries affected by coronavirus and current visas for those travelling from these countries will be cancelled with immediate effect. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. The Botswana authorities have also closed some land border posts with neighbouring countries. If you are planning to enter neighbouring countries before or after you visit Botswana, you should refer to the travel advice for that country. Flights in to and out of Botswana from South Africa are affected by South Africa’s own coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Follow our travel advice for South Africa for information on South African entry requirements, and consult your nearest South African Embassy.
    *Quarantine requirements: Returning residents will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Botswana: Air Botswana has resumed domestic flights. Botswana is divided in to nine coronavirus zones. You will need to apply for an interzonal travel permit to travel between the coronavirus zones. The Government announced that those who apply for an interzonal travel permit may require a COVID-19 test if travelling from, returning from or transiting a COVID-19 high risk zone or area. If you have any questions please contact the Government’s 24 hour COVID-19 helplines on 16649 / 0800 600 111. Travel within a COVID-19 Zone does not currently require any special permissions. The Government may impose localised coronavirus zone lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for updates on this.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels and other accommodation providers are open. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Face coverings are compulsory in hotels and other accommodation. When entering the premises, you will also be required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details.
    *Public spaces and services: The government of Botswana has extended the State of Public Emergency until 31 March 2021.The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including the compulsory wearing of face coverings and a requirement to have your temperature taken and to provide your name and contact details when entering.

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    06.10.2020
  • Botswana *****

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana.The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Entry to Botswana is open only to Botswana nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. COVID-19 entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at little notice. You should monitor the Government of Botswana’s Facebook page
    for the latest developments or contact the Government of Botswana’s 24 hour COVID-19 helpline on 16649 / 0800 600 111. From 16 March, visas will no longer be issued to nationals from countries affected by coronavirus, including the UK, and current visas for those travelling from these countries will be cancelled with immediate effect. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Flights in to and out of Botswana from South Africa are affected by South Africa’s own coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Returning residents, including from the UK, will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The lockdown in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 Zone was lifted from midnight Thursday, 13 August 2020. Botswana is divided in to nine coronavirus zones. You will need to apply for an interzonal travel permit to travel between the coronavirus zones. The Government has announced that those who apply for an interzonal travel permit may require a COVID-19 test if travelling from, returning from or transiting a COVID-19 high risk zone or area. If you have any questions please contact the Government’s 24 hour COVID-19 helplines on 16649 / 0800 600 111. Travel within a COVID-19 Zone does not currently require any special permissions. The Government may impose localised coronavirus zone lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for updates. Most hotels and other accommodation providers are open. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Face coverings are compulsory in hotels and other accommodation. When entering the premises, you will also be required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details. The government of Botswana declared a State of Public Emergency on 31 March, which has since been extended until 30 September. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including legislation that makes it compulsory to wear face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. You are also required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details when entering businesses, offices and schools.

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    07.09.2020
  • Botswana *****

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana.The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Entry to Botswana is open only to Botswana nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. COVID-19 entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at little notice. You should monitor the Government of Botswana’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaGovernment/] for the latest developments or contact the Government of Botswana’s 24 hour COVID-19 helpline on 16649 / 0800 600 111. From 16 March, visas will no longer be issued to nationals from countries affected by coronavirus, including the UK, and current visas for those travelling from these countries will be cancelled with immediate effect. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Flights in to and out of Botswana from South Africa are affected by South Africa’s own coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Returning residents, including from the UK, will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The lockdown in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 Zone was lifted from midnight Thursday, 13 August 2020. Botswana is divided in to nine coronavirus zones. You will need to apply for an interzonal travel permit [https://covid19.gov.bw/?v=20200525] to travel between the coronavirus zones. The Government has announced that those who apply for an interzonal travel permit may require a COVID-19 test if travelling from, returning from or transiting a COVID-19 high risk zone or area. If you have any questions please contact the Government’s 24 hour COVID-19 helplines on 16649 / 0800 600 111. Travel within a COVID-19 Zone does not currently require any special permissions. The Government may impose localised coronavirus zone lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaGovernment/] page for updates. Most hotels and other accommodation providers are open. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Face coverings are compulsory in hotels and other accommodation. When entering the premises, you will also be required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details. The government of Botswana declared a State of Public Emergency on 31 March, which has since been extended until 30 September. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including legislation that makes it compulsory to wear face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. You are also required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details when entering businesses, offices and schools.

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    14.08.2020
  • Botswana *****

    International restrictions:

    There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Entry to Botswana is open only to Botswana nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. Returning residents will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Botswana is divided in to nine coronavirus zones. You will need to apply for an interzonal travel permit [https://covid19.gov.bw/?v=20200525] Interzonal travel in and out of the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 zone will not be permitted. Only certain categories of key workers are exempt from these rules. The Government may impose further localised coronavirus zone lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaGovernment/] for updates. Most hotels and other accommodation providers are open. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Face coverings are compulsory in hotels and other accommodation. When entering the premises, you will also be required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details. The government of Botswana declared a State of Public Emergency on 31 March, which has since been extended until 30 September. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including legislation that makes it compulsory to wear face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. You are also required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details when entering businesses, offices and schools.

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    10.08.2020
  • Botswana *****

    International restrictions:

    There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Entry to Botswana is open only to Botswana nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. Returning residents will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The government of Botswana declared a State of Public Emergency on 31 March, which has since been extended until 30 September.Botswana is divided in to nine coronavirus zones. You will need to apply for an interzonal travel permit [https://covid19.gov.bw/?v=20200525] to travel between the coronavirus zones. Travel within a zone does not currently require any special permissions. The Government of Botswana has implemented a lockdown in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 Zone with effect from midnight Thursday 30 July for a minimum period of two weeks. Everyone in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 Zone must stay at home, except to buy essentials like food, medicine or power/fuel.
    To make a journey to buy essentials, you will need to apply for a travel permit [https://www.gov.bw/temp-movement-permits]. Interzonal travel in and out of the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 zone will not be permitted. Only certain categories of key workers are exempt from these rules. The Government may impose further localised coronavirus zone lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaGovernment/] for updates.
    Most hotels and other accommodation providers are open. Face coverings are compulsory in hotels and other accommodation. When entering the premises, you will also be required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details.
    The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including legislation that makes it compulsory to wear face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings.

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    03.08.2020
  • Botswana *****

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Entry to Botswana is open only to Botswana nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. Returning residents will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Botswana is divided in to nine coronavirus zones. You will need to apply for an interzonal travel permit [https://covid19.gov.bw/?v=20200525] to travel between the coronavirus zones. Travel within a zone does not currently require any special permissions.
    The Government of Botswana has implemented a lockdown in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 Zone with effect from midnight Thursday 30 July for a minimum period of two weeks. Everyone in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 Zone must stay at home, except to buy essentials like food, medicine or power/fuel.
    To make a journey to buy essentials, you will need to apply for a travel permit [https://www.gov.bw/temp-movement-permits]. Interzonal travel in and out of the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 zone will not be permitted. Only certain categories of key workers are exempt from these rules.
    The Government may impose further localised coronavirus zone lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaGovernment/] for updates.
    Most hotels and other accommodation providers are open. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place.
    Air Botswana has suspended internal flights.The government of Botswana declared a State of Public Emergency on 31 March, which has since been extended until 30 September. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including legislation that makes it compulsory to wear face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. You are also required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details when entering businesses, offices and schools.

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    31.07.2020
  • Botswana Gaborone lockdown lifted on 16 June (OASC, 16.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries. Entry to Botswana is open only to Botswana nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. Returning residents will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government facilities at their own expense and compulsory COVID-19 testing.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Air Botswana has suspended internal flights.The government of Botswana declared a State of Public Emergency on 31 March, which has since been extended until 30 September. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including legislation that makes it compulsory to wear face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. You are also required to have your temperature taken and to give your name and contact details when entering businesses, offices and schools.

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    14.07.2020
  • Botswana Gaborone lockdown lifted on 16 June (OASC, 16.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. Medical evacuation flights remain possible. The Botswana authorities have also closed land border posts with neighbouring countries.
    The Government of Botswana has banned entry of all individuals (except Batswana and Botswana residents) from entering Botswana. Batswana and Botswana residents returning from high risk countries will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at government-approved locations.
    Individuals arriving in Botswana will be required to go directly to a government-approved facility with food and sanitation provided for their 14-day quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The government of Botswana declared a State of Public Emergency on 31 March, which has since been extended to six months. The lockdown in the Greater Gaborone COVID-19 Zone was lifted from midnight Monday 15 June 2020. A number of measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic are still in place, including legislation that makes it compulsory to wear masks / face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. The country is divided in to nine coronavirus zones. A travel permit is not required to travel within these coronavirus zones. However, you still require an individual travel permit to travel between these coronavirus zones. You should comply with these requirements wherever you are staying in Botswana and continue to follow the advice of the Government of Botswana and local authorities. You can find the latest updates about the coronavirus zones, masks/face coverings guidance and travel permit forms on the Government of Botswana’s Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaGovernment/.

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    26.06.2020
  • Botswana Gaborone lockdown lifted on 16 June (OASC, 16.06.2020)

    Airports in Botswana are closed.

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    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights in/ out of Botswana. Medical evacuation flights remain possible. There is a ban on all travellers (except Batswana citizens and Botswana residents) originating from or transiting through the following countries: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Batswana and residents returning from high-risk countries will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Issuance of Botswana visas at ports of entry for any person from these countries has been suspended. Those traveling to, but who have not entered, Botswana no longer have valid visas, nor will they receive visas on arrival. Those visa holders from these countries already in Botswana should consider their visas valid. Arriving passengers must serve a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. (Does not affect transiting passengers).

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    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until September, national lockdown lifted from midnight 7 May. Restrictions to be eased in stages from 8 May. During this period, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes from 20.00 to 08.00.. On 11 May the government advised individuals to limit their movements in the capital. Permit regime still in place for travel outside of those hours; businesses now authorised to open providing they adhere to government guidelines. Individuals who wish to apply for a Movement Permit should apply for a moving permit online. Pink permits which allowed movements in and out Gaborone have been reinstated after they were temporarily suspended on 11 May. The essential service permits remain in effect. Movement between villages, cities and regions may be permitted for certain reasons, again, a permit is required to do so. The application form for a Travel Permit can be downloaded from the
    government Facebook page (BWGovernment). The public agencies that have the authority of approval and to which the application form should be submitted are: Ministry Headquarters, District commissioners, Dikgosi, Head of district Health teams as well as senior government officials. The movement permit is valid for five days and is renewable.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Government lifts COVID-19 lockdown in Gaborone, surrounding areas (Reuters, 15.06.2020) Interzone permits for travel between zones are still required, and you may apply for a permit online at www.gov.bw.

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    16.06.2020
  • Botswana Airports in Botswana are closed.

    Botswana has restricted entry to all travelers arriving from Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, or the United Kingdom. This does not apply to citizens and residents of Botswana.
    Travelers will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
    Travelers can no longer obtain a visa when arriving in Botswana. Visas issued to nationals of Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom are invalidated.

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights in/ out of Botswana. Medical evacuation flights remain possible. There is a ban on all travellers (except Batswana citizens and Botswana residents) originating from or transiting through the following countries: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Batswana and residents returning from high-risk countries will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Issuance of Botswana visas at ports of entry for any person from these countries has been suspended. Those traveling to, but who have not entered, Botswana no longer have valid visas, nor will they receive visas on arrival. Those visa holders from these countries already in Botswana should consider their visas valid. Arriving passengers must serve a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. (Does not affect transiting passengers).

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until September, national lockdown lifted from midnight 7 May. Restrictions to be eased in stages from 8 May. During this period, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes from 20.00 to 08.00.. On 11 May the government advised individuals to limit their movements in the capital. Permit regime still in place for travel outside of those hours; businesses now authorised to open providing they adhere to government guidelines. Individuals who wish to apply for a Movement Permit should apply for a moving permit online. Pink permits which allowed movements in and out Gaborone have been reinstated after they were temporarily suspended on 11 May. The essential service permits remain in effect. Movement between villages, cities and regions may be permitted for certain reasons, again, a permit is required to do so. The application form for a Travel Permit can be downloaded from the
    government Facebook page (BWGovernment). The public agencies that have the authority of approval and to which the application form should be submitted are: Ministry Headquarters, District commissioners, Dikgosi, Head of district Health teams as well as senior government officials. The movement permit is valid for five days and is renewable.

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    04.06.2020
  • Botswana Botswana has restricted entry to all travelers arriving from Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, or the United Kingdom. This does not apply to citizens and residents of Botswana. Travelers will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Travelers can no longer obtain a visa when arriving in Botswana. Visas issued to nationals of Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom are invalidated.

    International restrictions:

    There are no commercial flights in/ out of Botswana. Medical evacuation flights remain possible. There is a ban on all travellers (except Batswana citizens and Botswana residents) originating from or transiting through the following countries: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Batswana and residents returning from high-risk countries will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Issuance of Botswana visas at ports of entry for any person from these countries has been suspended. Those traveling to, but who have not entered, Botswana no longer have valid visas, nor will they receive visas on arrival. Those visa holders from these countries already in Botswana should consider their visas valid. Arriving passengers must serve a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. (Does not affect transiting passengers).

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until September, national lockdown lifted from midnight 7 May. Restrictions to be eased in stages from 8 May. During this period, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes from 20.00 to 08.00.. On 11 May the government advised individuals to limit their movements in the capital. Permit regime still in place for travel outside of those hours; businesses now authorised to open providing they adhere to government guidelines. Individuals who wish to apply for a Movement Permit should apply for a moving permit online. Pink permits which allowed movements in and out Gaborone have been reinstated after they were temporarily suspended on 11 May. The essential service permits remain in effect. Movement between villages, cities and regions may be permitted for certain reasons, again, a permit is required to do so. The application form for a Travel Permit can be downloaded from the government Facebook page (BWGovernment). The public agencies that have the authority of approval and to which the application form should be submitted are: Ministry Headquarters, District commissioners, Dikgosi, Head of district Health teams as well as senior government officials. The movement permit is valid for five days and is renewable.

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    25.05.2020
  • Botswana Government extends total quarantine in Santiago from 5 May (Prensa Latina, 04.05.2020)

    Inbound restrictions:

    Chile closed its borders (air, land and sea) to foreign travellers until further notice. The restrictions do not apply to Chilean nationals or residents, diplomatic visa holders, or those providing humanitarian aid. All returning travellers are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Citizens of New Zealand are barred from transiting through the country unless they are permanent citizens of Chile. All passengers arriving in Chile with final destination Chile must sign and present a health declaration outlining the countries they have been to in the preceding 30 days. These are handed out by the airline prior to arrival. Those who have been to affected countries will receive additional screening. From 15 March to 30 September, landings in all Chilean passenger cruise ports are prohibited.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A ‘state of emergency’ is currently in place and is expected to remain in place until 16 June. This gives the government extraordinary powers to restrict freedom of movement and assure food supply and basic services. The military is permitted to intervene and uphold order when necessary. A nightly curfew is in effect from 22.00 to 05.00 (local time). You may only move after 22.00 if you have an authorized certificate (salvoconducto) which can be requested at the police stations. Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited. Sanitation Customs, posts manned by the armed forces and police where temperature controls are carried out, are set up throughout the country. Sanitary cords are posts guarded by the armed forces and police that do not allow the entry or exit of anyone from those cities/municipalities where they are located. Severe fines result in violation of the sanitary cords. Sanitary cords are implemented in the following locations for an indefinite period of time: Temuco, Padre las cases (Araucania region), Osorno, Chiloé (Los Lagos region), Punta Arenas, and Puerto Williams (Magallanes region). Masks must be worn in public and private transportation, and in places where more than ten people are gathered (i.e. supermarket, pharmacy). All districts in the Santiago metropolitan region, including the capital, are under quarantine measures until 22 May. Quarantine measures in the following areas have been lifted: Angol, urban areas (Araucania region) Arica (Arica and Parinacota region), Victoria, urban areas (Araucania), Quarantine measures are being enforced in the following areas: Alto Hospicio (Tarapaca), Iquique (Tarapaca region), San Antonio (Valparaiso region), The following areas are under quarantine until 19 May: Antofagasta (Antofagasta region), Cerrillos (Santiago metropolitan region), Mejillones (Antofagasta region), Quilicura (Santiago region).

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    16.05.2020
  • Botswana

    International restrictions:

    There is a ban on all travellers (except Batswana citizens and Botswana residents) originating from or transiting through the following countries: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Batswana and residents returning from high-risk countries will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Issuance of Botswana visas at ports of entry for any person from these countries has been suspended. Those traveling to, but who have not entered, Botswana no longer have valid visas, nor will they receive visas on arrival. Those visa holders from these countries already in Botswana should consider their visas valid. Arriving passengers must serve a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. (Does not affect transiting passengers).

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until September, national lockdown lifted from midnight 7 May. Restrictions to be eased in stages from 8 May. During this period, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes from 20.00 to 08.00 (local time). On 11 May the government advised individuals to limit their movements in the capital. Permit regime still in place for travel outside of those hours; businesses now authorised to open providing they adhere to government guidelines. Individuals who wish to apply for a Movement Permit should apply for a moving permit online. Pink permits which allowed movements in and out Gaborone are suspended until further notice, but essential service permits remain effective. Movement between villages, cities and regions may be permitted for certain reasons, again, a permit is required to do so. The application form for a Travel Permit can be downloaded from the government Facebook page (BWGovernment). The public agencies that have the authority of approval and to which the application form should be submitted are: Ministry Headquarters, District commissioners, Dikgosi, Head of district Health teams as well as senior government officials. The movement permit is valid for five days and is renewable.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://bw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

    Published on 12.05.2020

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    12.05.2020
  • Botswana

    International restrictions:

    There is a ban on all travellers (except Batswana citizens and Botswana residents) originating from or transiting through the following countries: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Batswana and residents returning from high-risk countries will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Issuance of Botswana visas at ports of entry for any person from these countries has been suspended. Those traveling to, but who have not entered, Botswana no longer have valid visas, nor will they receive visas on arrival. Those visa holders from these countries already in Botswana should consider their visas valid.
    Arriving passengers must serve a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. (Does not affect transiting passengers).

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until September, national lockdown in place until 7 May. Restrictions to be eased in stages from 8 May.
    During the lockdown period, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes from 20.00 to 08.00 (local time. Individuals who wish to apply for exemption and businesses providing essential services should apply for a moving permit online. Individuals are only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes, such as the procurement of food or medicine within their localities. Only one person per household is allowed to go out at a time and must hold a Movement permit.
    Those involved in performing essential services and transporting essential goods will be issued a COVID-19 Travel Permit by the government to be allowed movement during the lockdown.

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    10.05.2020
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    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Botswana Government/
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