Botswana travel advice for visitors during the Coronavirus pandemic. With very few cases and a low infection rate Botswana is one of the best destinations to visit during the global pandemic. This low risk status has resulted in some countries, such as the UK, removing quarantine requirements on return home.
Establishing all travel, health and entry requirements when visiting a foreign country can be a daunting task so we have provided a useful summary of the regular and special entry requirements for visiting Botswana. These are up to date as of 17 December 2020. We recommend checking with your embassy for the latest information and contacting us with any questions.
Botswana has always been a relatively easy and straight forward country to visit and this is still true during the global Covid pandemic. With no quarantine requirements and only a negative COVID test required on entry and exit it is a great destination for those looking for some post-lockdown therapy.
COVID-19 specific entry and exit requirements for Botswana
Botswana is open to all visitors and the only additional requirement with respect Coronavirus is for travellers to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and on departure. Visitors with a valid certificate do not need to quarantine on arrival
Accessing COVID-19 test certificates for departure from Botswana
Currently testing in Maun and Kasane has a 24 hour turn around however rapid local testing at Maun is currently being implemented to allow visitors to test and receive their results on the same day of departure.
For now we recommend staying a night in Maun before departure to allow adequate time for processing. Alternatively depending on the itinerary guests can fly via Maun between camps, take a quick test and continue their safari in order to have their results and certificate on the day of departure.
Botswana travel advice for visitors during the Coronavirus pandemic when travelling through South Africa and other countries to reach Botswana
Most visitors to Botswana fly via South Africa or overland from Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Travellers are reminded that unless their journey to Botswana is entirely on an airport transit basis they will need to comply with the relevant entry requirements for any country in which they clear immigration. Currently South Africa’s entry requirements are the similar to Botswana’s but travellers are advised to monitor these in the lead up to travel. As such travellers should ensure they have allocated adequate time for testing and pre-booked a test online (see above).
Regular entry requirements for all visitors to Botswana
The following standard entry requirements should be noted in addition to the special COVID conditions for entry. Please see our Travel Advice section for further details.
For any further information and Botswana travel advice for visitors during the Coronavirus pandemic please get in touch.
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