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covid19 & Botswana Travel

Please be aware that this is a rapidly changing environment and the protocols mentioned are subject to amendment as and when new information is available, or changes are advised. 

 

Visas 

  • It should be noted that these guidelines do not negate in any way, from the current visa regime.
    For more information please follow the link: http://www.botswanaembassy.org

Tourists Pre-Travel Requirements

  • All travelers will be required to have a PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognised facility within no more than 72 hours before arrival in Botswana in line with the WHO Guidelines. 

Arrival procedures

  • Present the results of the PCR test at the airport

  • Travelers will be screened & tested upon arrival in Botswana 

  • Those travelers who are symptomatic will be subject to mandatory testing and possible quarantine.

  • Non-citizens of Botswana who do not meet the requirements will not be allowed to enter.

PCR Test Facilities 

  • Diagnofirm is a private laboratory based in both Maun and Kasane. Results will be released within 24 hours (except over weekends)

The costs for testing are as follows: 

  • Maun testing at BWP999 per person  

  • Guests departing Botswana via Kasane will get their results emailed to them (or the camp), and guests departing via Maun will receive an original certificate from Diagnofirm. 

Results Waiting Period 

  • 24 – 48 hours dependent on day of testing 

  • Most laboratories are closed over weekends and we would recommend a Thursday being the last weekday that testing is scheduled for. 

Quarantine Facilities 

  • These are currently Government approved private facilities and the cost will be at the travelers’ expense. 

Treatment Facilities (Severe symptoms) 

  • As Port Health Authorities are allowing evacuations to South Africa, this would be our recommendation.

  • We highly recommend comprehensive Travel Insurance to cover medical evacuations. 

On a Daily Basis 

  • Everyone in Botswana is required to wear a mask when in public.

  • Santisation of hands and temperature testing will be conducted at all major points. 

  • We recommend travelling with sanitiser however it is easily available in Botswana.