*Entry to Botswana: Air travel has resumed to and from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun International Airport, Kasane International Airport and G. Matante International Airport in Francistown.
Ground crossings have resumed at the border posts of Tlokweng, Martin’s Drift, Pioneer Gate, Ramatlabama, Kazungula Road, Kazungula Ferry, Ngoma, Ramokgwebana, Mamuno, Mohembo, Bokspits, Kasane, Maitengwe, McCarthy’s, Point Drift, Plaatjan and Two Rivers. If you’re planning to enter neighbouring countries before or after you visit Botswana, you should refer to the travel advice for that country. Also check with your travel company for the latest information.
*Screening on arrival: You must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. After arrival, you will have to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days for self-monitoring. If you’re a returning citizen or resident and do not meet these requirements you will need to undergo 14 day mandatory quarantine and testing at your own expense. If you’re not a returning citizen or resident and do not meet these requirements you will denied entry.
At Botswana border points, all travellers, including children, will be required to undergo an additional cost-free COVID-19 test to gain entry to Botswana. If the test is positive or you show COVID-19 symptoms, you may need to undergo 14 days isolation or quarantine at your own expense.
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. Flights in to and out of Botswana from South Africa may be affected by South Africa’s own coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Follow our travel advice for South Africa for information on South African entry and transit requirements, and consult your nearest South African High Commission.
*Quarantine requirements: Returning residents, including from the UK, may 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: There is a nationwide curfew in place - with no movement of people, except those with a movement permit (for essential services), from 10pm to 4am. Botswana is divided into nine COVID-19 zones and the Government of Botswana has restricted the movement of people. You will need toapply for an interzonal travel permit to travel between zones. Travel within one of the nine COVID-19 zones, outside of the curfew times, does not require any special permissions. You should comply with these requirements wherever you are staying in Botswana, and continue to follow the advice of the government and local authorities. Air Botswana has resumed domestic flights. The government may impose further localised lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for updates on this. If you have any questions, please contact the Government’s 24 hour COVID-19 helplines on 16649 / 0800 600 111.
*Accommodation: Many hotels and other accommodation providers are open. FCDO advises 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 need 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 30 September. The sale of alcohol is permitted on a takeaway basis and on weekdays only. 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.