How to Travel to Botswana

To enter Botswana you’ll need to show proof that you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you’re not fully vaccinated you may be required to undergo vaccination or COVID-19 (PCR) testing at your port of entry. For details, refer to the Republic of Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness.

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Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods. The massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its fossilized river valleys and undulating grasslands, is home to numerous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, and wild dogs.

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Most visitors to Botswana will have a stopover in South Africa to pick up a direct flight from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Botswana’s main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE), located 11km/7miles north of Gaborone, the capital.

For travelers, it is more common to fly into Maun Airport (MUB) and Kasane Airport (BBK). When combining a safari in Botswana with a visit to Victoria Falls, it is common to fly into Maun and depart from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI; formerly Livingstone Airport) in Zambia.

In most cases your tour operator will collect you from the airport and arrange all further transportation.

Flights & Airlines to Botswana

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Domestic Airlines & Flights in Botswana

Most domestic flights are operated by Air Botswana. Small charter flights are frequently used to travel between parks or to get to remote areas, such as the camps in the Okavango Delta. Charter flights are usually booked through your tour operator.

How do I go to Botswana?

Most visitors to Botswana will have a stopover in South Africa to pick up a direct flight from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Botswana’s main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE), located 11km/7miles north of Gaborone, the capital.

Do I need a visa to travel to Botswana?

U.S. citizens are permitted stay up to 90 days total within a 12-month period without a visa. The total stay permitted for each visit is recorded on the entry stamp by Botswana immigration officials and may be less than 90 days.

Can I travel to Botswana without a passport?

All visitors to Botswana must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, with the exception of those with outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds for the duration of their stay.

How do I get a visa for Botswana?

General Requirements for Visa Application

  1. Fully completed visa application form (Form 1)
  2. Certified (notarized) copy of the passport page of the applicant (showing names, validity & photograph of bearer)
  3. The original passport may be sent at the same time as the application or once the visa is approved.