Botswana Info

Some things to know before visiting Botswana

Here's information on the basic requirements for entering Botswana, as well as links to more information.

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Entry/Exit Requirements

A passport is required. and most nationalities are permitted stays up to 90 days without a visa. For additional information on entry requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana

In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have initiated special procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship to the person traveling with the child and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry/departure.


The seasons in Botswana are indistinct. Rains generally start in October or November and persist through to March or April. Within that period there may be long dry spells. In April, temperatures begin to fall and May is generally regarded as the first month of the dry, cool winter, characterised by clear sunny days and cold nights.

Spring begins in August and temperatures rise rapidly during the hot, dry period of September, October and November until the rains again break.

Medical Facilities

Medical facilities in Gaborone and Francistown are adequate, but available facilities in other areas are limited. Well-equipped emergency rooms and trained physicians are available. Malaria is only a problem if one is traveling in the north of the country. Malaria prophylaxis is not required in Gaborone.

Laws and illegal activities

  • Persons convicted of unlawful dealing or possession of illegal drugs such as cannabis (known locally as motokwane or dagga) are subject to harsh punishments.
  • Prior permission is required to import firearms and munitions.
  • Possession of pornographic material is illegal.
  • Homosexuality is still an offence under law in Botswana, but is seldom pursued by the police or prosecuted in court anymore.
  • It is prohibited to take photographs of military and government installations.
  • Always ask permission before photographing individuals.
  • Traffic drives on the left.
  • An International Driving Permit is recommended.


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