COVID-19 travel restrictions: Botswana

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This article was published on July 1, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Botswana?

Botswana is open to tourists from all countries. However, please be aware that several COVID-19 restrictions are currently in place.

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Can I enter Botswana if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Botswana if you are fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have had both doses of double-dose vaccination or one dose of single-dose vaccination at least 14 days before arriving in Botswana.

As of April 2022, seven vaccine drugs are approved in Botswana:

  • Corbevax
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Covaxin
  • CoronaVac

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate

Can I enter Botswana if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Botswana if you are unvaccinated. However, please be aware that regulations are stricter for unvaccinated travelers.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

  • The negative result of a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival

Can I leave Botswana?

You can leave Botswana. Take your time to check for potential testing requirements for vaccinated travelers at your destination country.

In addition, please note that all travelers wishing to leave Botswana need to take a PCR test within 72 hours before their departure.

Can I leave Botswana if I am vaccinated?

There are no restrictions on vaccinated travelers leaving Botswana.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format
  • The negative result of a PCR test within 72 hours before departure

Can I leave Botswana if I am unvaccinated?

Unvaccinated travelers can leave Botswana

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • The negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departing (this is a Botswanan requirement; the relevant period and kind of test required by your destination country may vary)

COVID-19 situation in Botswana currently

Most countries currently categorize Botswana as a “risk” area. Nevertheless, adhering to basic COVID-19-preventative measures will make your trip safer.

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FAQs 

Is it safe to travel to Botswana right now?

It is safe to travel to Botswana providing you take locally-advised measures such as wearing masks and keeping a social distance.

Is Gaborone open for travel?

Gaborone is open for travel. Please be aware that COVID-19 rules in the capital are the same as those in the rest of the country. 

Do I have to go into quarantine if I go to Botswana?

As of April 2022, unvaccinated travelers and those that have not had a booster dose may be asked to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Botswana. They need to self-isolate only if they test positive.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Botswana?

At present, it is recommended that you carry paper copies of your COVID-19 documents. 

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