Currency restrictions Import of Botswana pula and foreign currencies is unlimited, although declaration is obligatory for amounts exceeding P10,000 or the equivalent value. The export of foreign currencies is permitted up to the amount declared upon arrival.
Import of Botswana pula and foreign currencies is unlimited, although declaration is obligatory for amounts exceeding P10,000 or the equivalent value. The export of foreign currencies is permitted up to the amount declared upon arrival. Export of Botswana pula is up to P50.
Money should be exchanged in banks at market rates. The main commercial banks include Bank of Baroda, Barclays Bank of Botswana, First National Bank, Stanbic Bank Botswana, and Standard Chartered Bank with branches in major towns and villages. Owing to limited facilities in small villages, it is advisable to change money at the airport or in major towns. There are also bureaux de changes at major border posts. Safari lodges accept payment in US dollars.
The following goods may be imported into Botswana without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes and 20 cigars and 250g of tobacco (18 years and older).
• 2L of wine and 1L of spirits (18 years and older).
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Goods up to the value of R500 (South African Rand) from within the SACU zone (Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Eswatini) and to the value of R3,000 from outside the zone.
What are you allowed to bring into Botswana?
No boat, mokoro, or aquatic apparatus may be imported into Botswana unless the owner is in possession of an Import Permit issued by the Department of Water Affairs.
|Tinned poultry meat||20 kg per person|
|Eggs||36 eggs per person|
|Fresh milk||2 litres per person|
|Maize and maize products||25 kg per person|
What is the best currency to take to Botswana?
Money & Spending
The national currency of Botswana is the Pula – a regionally strong currency – but the US dollar is widely accepted at lodges and hotels throughout the country. Major hotels have foreign exchange desks and most shops, lodges, and travel agencies will accept traveler’s cheques.
Can I use the SA rand in Botswana?
Botswana Banks accepts the following foreign currencies: US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euro, and South African Rands in cash.
How much do you tip in Botswana?
Tipping practice in Botswana can be compared to anywhere else in Africa. A general guideline for tipping servers at restaurants is to add 10% of one’s bill as a gratuity if one feels they received a good standard of service; however, as always, this amount is at the client’s discretion.