A guide to planning your safari to the Okavango DeltaRead More
Botswana is one of the safest destinations in Africa, and one of the most traveller friendly. This guide sets out the latest Botswana travel advice for all visitors to Botswana.
As the longest continuous multi-party democracy, Botswana is one of the most stable countries in Africa. In 2020 Botswana was ranked the most peaceful country in Africa, and no 30 in the world on the Global Peace Index. With a peaceful history, low crime, modern infrastructure and welcoming people it is consistently regarded as one of the safest countries in Africa.
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 entry requirements for visiting Botswana. We recommend checking with your embassy to check the latest Botswana travel advice and contacting us with any questions.
Botswana’s borders remain open – all visitors are required to show proof of vaccination and to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival. Only paper copies of test results will be accepted. Further details for Botswana travel advice during the Covid pandemic are provided on our COVID travel information page.
Below are the standard entry requirements to be considered in addition to the latest Covid-19 entry and exit requirements.
The following standard entry requirements should be noted in addition to the special COVID conditions for entry.
As part of the regional anti child trafficking measures the Botswana government requires all children (under 18 years of age) who are travelling into or through Botswana to provide a certified copy of their full unabridged birth certificate (or the original) as well as a valid passport. An abridged (short) birth certificate won’t be accepted. If only one parent is travelling with the child an affidavit from the other parent consenting to the travel should be presented. If both parents are not travelling then temporary guardianship must be given.
No immunisations are required in order to enter Botswana. However, if you have previously been to an area designated as ‘at risk’ of yellow fever will need to show proof of immunisation in order to enter Botswana. This is in order to prevent the introduction of Yellow Fever to Botswana. A complete list of countries at risk of Yellow Fever can be found on the WHO site.
Travellers should note that malaria is present in the Okavango Delta and are advised to take the necessary precautions, especially during the summer months.
The majority of visitors to Botswana do not require a visa for tourism and can visit for up to 90 days without a visa. Those who do require a visa can apply through the new online visa system, launched in August 2021. This Botswana travel advice platform can also be used to check which nationalities will require a visa to travel to Botswana. A summary is provided below though travellers should also check the latest travel advisory as well.
A list of countries whose citizens do require a visa to enter Botswana can also be found on the Botswana Tourism Page.
|Antigua & Barbuda||Greece||Mozambique||Spain|
|Argentina||Grenada||Namibia||St. Kitts & Nevis|
|Austria||Holy Sea||Netherlands||St. Vincent & the Grenadines|
|Bahamas||Hong Kong||New Zealand||Swaziland|
|Belgium||Ireland||Papua New Guinea||Tanzania|
|Brazil||Italy||Peru||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Chile||Kiribati||Romania||United Arab Emirates|
|Costa Rica||Kuwait||Russia||United Kingdom|
|Croatia||Latvia||Samoa||United States of America|
|Dominican Republic||Malaysia||Slovak Republic||Zimbabwe|
It is strongly recommend that visitors allow a month to process their Visa.
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||Guinea Bissau||Nigeria|
|Burkina Faso||Haiti||North Korea (Dem. People’s Rep. of)|
|Central African Republic||Iraq||Rwanda|
|Chad||Jordan||Sao Tome & Principe|
|Comoros||Laos (Lao People’s Dem. Rep.)||Somalia|
|DRC- Democratic Republic of Congo||Lebanon||Sri Lanka|
|Congo (Republic of)||Liberia||Sudan|
|Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)||Libya||Sumatra|
One of the best holidays we have been on, from the initial inquiry, the organisation, suggestions and safari its self. Worth every pound and would recommend Okavango Delta Explorations to anyone.
Simon Tunstall - travelled Nov 2019
If you’re anything like me, you may be overwhelmed when beginning your Safari planning. Look no further than Okavango Explorations. They were an enormous help, patiently answering my litany of questions and putting together an incredible itinerary within our parameters. She was always available by email and phone and spent the time to get to know our needs.
Drew Simon 2019
Okavango Delta Explorations was an excellent choice. They heard in long telefon calls my wishes and expectations very well and gave me perfect advice on tours and camps/lodges. They are very experienced experts of the region, who know exactly where to send you according to your expectations . The organzation was absolutly perfect. There is nothing to improve. We had a very special and wonderful time.
Kerstin Schonherr – travelled Nov 2019
The whole trip was perfect! Louise made recommendations to us that were all spot on perfect. The recommendations provided were detailed and really brought things to life for us so that we could make the best choices - the guidance we received was first rate. We thoroughly enjoyed the three places we visited and the whole experience was very smooth. Thank you so much! We will be back and would highly recommend.
Kathryn Dyer - travelled 2019
An absolutely superb trip, and this is entirely down to Okavango Delta Explorations.
Louise carefully listened to what we wanted to get from the trip, and despite my work schedule patiently kept me informed of all developments in our honeymoon and planned everything. I can't fault Louise or the company's approach to organising this trip. No question or request was too much and everything was planned perfectly. We will definitely be returning and using the company again.
Johnathan Manners -July 2019
I have received excellent recommendations for the two camps selected at Okavanko Delta and Moreni Reserve. Outstanding locations, camps and wildlife. Very professional and knowledgeable guides. Very professional and friendly staff attentive to specific needs of guests. Excellent food and organization for meals either at the camps or in the wild. Thank you.
Charles Morin 2019
We were looking for an authentic family safari, something special for our children to remember forever- without breaking the bank! They listened to what we were looking for and patiently worked with us to plan the perfect trip, attentive to every little detail and answering all our anxious questions! And we had the holiday of a lifetime! Their expert knowledge and passion for Botswana is clear. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to visit Botswana. Thank you!!
Marie Gabrille Arnim
Great service from ODE, the team worked hard to deliver a holiday of a life time!!!
Specifically valued the efficiency, attention to detail and understanding when circumstances changed. Would definitely recommend Okavango Delta Explorations to anybody who wants a hassle free holiday organised by experts.
Carla Peek 2019
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