Botswana Travel Information
Entry Requirements for Botswana
All visitors entering Botswana must hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Certain countries require a visa in order to enter Botswana. Please contact our nearest travel agents for up-to-date information regarding this.
Botswana's currency is the Pula (BWP).
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and credit cards are accepted at most places.
Taxes and Refunds Within Botswana
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax (VAT) of 12%
On departures non residents may claim VAT refunds on goods purchased, the amount spent should be more than P5 000,00. The following documentation is required : Tax invoice stating VAT paid, your passport numbers and bank account details.
What To Wear in Botswana
- Dry Seasons (March - October) are very hot - lightweight cotton clothing and a lightweight jacket.
- Wet Seasons (November - April) are mild, yet cold in the early evening and mornings - trousers, long-sleeved shirts, pullovers and a very warm jacket.
- In general comfortable walking shoes and sandals/slops. Sunhat, sunscreen and aftersun.
Languages Spoken in Botswana
Health Services And Precautions In Botswana
Malaria precautions, insect repellent, lip balm, water purification tablets and a basic first-aid kit should be the minimum requirements before/ when entering Botswana.
Banking Hours in Botswana
In main towns banking hours are between 9am to 2:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and on Wednesdays from 8:15 am to noon.
Useful Numbers For Tourists In Botswana
Tourism Office Tel: +267 353 0240
Tourism and Safety Information Line - +267 391-3111/310-5601
Police - 999
Fire Brigade - 998
Ambulance - 997
1 January - New Year’s Day
25 March - Good Friday (moveable)
28 March - Easter Monday (moveable)
1 May - Labour Day
5 May - Ascension Day
1 July - Sir Seretse Khama Day
18 July - Presidents Day holiday
19 July - Presidents Day holiday
29 September - Botswana Day Holiday
30 September - Botswana day
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day