Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. Test required.
Quarantine required for visitors arriving from certain areas. Find more details on official websites.

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What is the COVID situation in Botswana?

+290 New COVID cases in Botswana
0 New COVID deaths in Botswana
% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on May 23, 2022

Data last reviewed on: 1 November 2021

Basic facts about Botswana

Botswana is a large country located in Southern Africa. The capital of Botswana is Gaborone and the most spoken language is English. The national currency in Botswana is Botswana pula (BWP).

What taxi apps are available in Botswana?

Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Botswana. However, there may be also other local taxi apps available there.

Practical information

Botswana pula (BWP)Official currency
1 EUR~12.86 BWP
1 USD~12.05 BWP

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks:, Revolut, N26 or Monose

What socket types are used in Botswana?

There are 3 common plug types used in Botswana:

Type D 230 V, 50 Hz  Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  Type M 230 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Botswana?

Currently, citizens of 103 countries can enter Botswana without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

What are visa requirements to enter Botswana?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Botswana.

Data last reviewed on: 1 November 2021

Is it safe in Botswana?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On May 2, 2022, the risk level for Botswana was changed to Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

Emergency phones in Botswana

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to Botswana?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.


  • 2L of wine or
  • 1L of spirituous & all other alcoholic beverages


  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 20 cigars or
  • 250 grams of tobacco

Data last reviewed on: 1 November 2021

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