Botswana Travel Information
Coronavirus has been detected in Botswana. The
authorities have declared the state of emergency and
have introduced a national lockdown ("lockdown"). Only
life-saving excursions outside the home are allowed. for
shopping foods. The curfew will initially last through
the month of April. The country's borders are closed to
passenger traffic, and there are currently no commercial
flights out of the country. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
Most trips to Botswana are made without special
problems. The greatest risk is related to poor
infrastructure and transport safety.
Norway is represented by an honorary consulate
general in Gaborone. Responsible Norwegian Embassy for
Botswana is in Pretoria, South Africa.
The risk of terrorist acts in Botswana is considered
low. Visitors are rarely exposed to violent crime, but
caution must be exercised. By taking simple precautions
one can significantly reduce the risk. Visitors should
inform themselves locally about the security situation
before entering the country.
It is important to exercise caution in traffic as
traffic safety in Botswana is low. Car accidents affect
tourists on a regular basis, especially due to roadway
animals and negligent driving. It is a left-hand drive
The ban on gay practice was lifted by the judiciary
in June 2019, but authorities have announced that they
will appeal the decision. Attitudes towards LGBTI people
may vary from different areas of the country, and
tolerance may be particularly low in rural areas.
- Countryaah: Gaborone is the capital
of Botswana. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Heavy rain in the summer months (September to April)
can cause flooding in parts of the country. In recent
years, however, drought has become a growing problem.
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance 997, fire 998,
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible for whether the
following information on entry regulations or visa
requirements is correct as this can be changed at short
notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler to
ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and to
familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for travel to
Botswana. However, the passport must be valid for at
least six months after scheduled departure, and there
must be at least two free pages in the passport.
Only machine-readable passports are accepted as valid
identification documents. Emergency passports cannot
therefore be used for travel to Botswana. It is the
traveler's responsibility to ensure that the passport is
When entering Botswana, the following passports are
also accepted: travel document for refugees (green
travel document) or travel document for people on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel document). Travelers
with a green travel document or a blue travel document
must apply for a visa in advance. The application
process normally takes 15-21 days.
When entering and leaving Botswana it is required
that a birth certificate with apostille can be presented
for children under 18 years. If both parents do not
travel with the minor, the consent of the person who
does not travel with the child must be shown. For
guidelines regarding legalization, cf. the Foreign
It is subject to change of entry rules at short
notice. It is therefore recommended that the Botswana
authorities be contacted when planning a trip. Norway is
covered by the Botswana Embassy in Stockholm.
Most travelers to Botswana travel via South Africa,
and must therefore comply with South African entry
regulations (see separate article on South Africa).
If you arrive from another African country, evidence
of yellow fever vaccine may be required.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Feel free to follow local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
The authorities have declared the state of emergency
and have introduced a national lockdown ("lockdown").
Only life-saving excursions outside the home are
allowed. for shopping foods. The curfew will initially
last through the month of April. The country's borders
are closed to passenger traffic, and there are currently
no commercial flights out of the country.
You can find information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the Norwegian Institute
of Public Health's website regarding the coronavirus,
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' answers to frequently
asked questions about travel and coronaviruses and on
the Embassy's website.
The health services in Botswana are concentrated on
the largest cities and are consistently lower than the
For further advice and guidance on health and
vaccines in Botswana, see the Institute of Public
Health. There is no danger of yellow fever in the
country. However, if you arrive in Botswana from a
country at risk of yellow fever, a valid vaccine card
will be required. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is very severe
in Botswana. It is estimated that just over 18 percent
of the population lives with the virus.
The area code for calls from Norway to Botswana is
+267. The telephone network is relatively stable. Time
difference: Botswana is one hour ahead at winter time in
Norway. There is no time difference at daylight saving
The power grid in Botswana is 231v. 50 Hz. Norwegian
plugs must use adapter.
Public transport is little developed. Air Botswana
has domestic networks between the largest cities.
Several charter companies cover the most popular tourist
areas. Taxi services are available in the larger cities.
Good opportunities for car hire. Good international bus
connections to South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.
Coin value: Pula (P)
Credit card: Can be used at most hotels, restaurants and
shops in the cities. ATMs are found in most cities.
Normal business hours and business hours 08:30 - 17:00
on weekdays, and 09: 00-13: 00 on Saturdays. Many shops
close for lunch from 1 pm to 3 pm.
National Holidays: First New Year's Day, Easter
(Easter Thursday to 2nd Easter), May 1, Ascension Day,
July 1 (Sir Seretse Khama Day), May 21-22 July
(President's Day), September 30 (Botswana Day), and
February 25-26. December (Christmas).
Ten percent tips on restaurants are normal, but can
be adjusted depending on the quality of service.
Official languages are English and setswana
Courtesy and respect are valued by the right hand
greeting supported by the left hand. Give and receive
gifts only with your right hand. Avoid staring with
Use of drugs and smuggling is prohibited and can
result in severe penalties. Photography and use of
camcorders are prohibited on military grounds. Always
ask about the law before shooting people.