Botswana Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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To enter Botswana, a passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds are also required.


Visas are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays in Botswana of up to 90 days.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the high commission/embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa note

Those nationals who do require a visa for Botswana must include a copy of their travel itinerary with their application, along with a letter of support from their intended host and return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence.

Travelling with minors: Those travelling with children under the age of 18 will need to supply an unabridged birth certificate showing the details of both parents. If the child is flying with one parent only, a parental consent affadavit signed by the absent parent will need to be produced. If the father is not named on the birth certificate, an affadavit will not need to be produced. 

Types and cost

Visitor visa: US$30.

Tourist visa: US$30.


Up to 90 days.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission). Visa can also be applied for online:

Working days

Allow 21 working days for visa processing.

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend your stay beyond 90 days, you must contact the Department of Immigration to request an extension.

Embassies and tourist offices

Botswana High Commission in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7647 1000 Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Embassy of the Republic of Botswana in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 244 4990. Website: Opening times: Mon, Wed and Fri 1000-1300 (enquiries); Mon-Thu 0900-1600 (visa drop off); Mon-Fri 1400-1600 (visa collection).

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.