What Can You Take Into Botswana

Botswana duty-free. 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.

Money and duty-free for Botswana

Currency and Money

Currency information

Botswana Pula (BWP; symbol P) = 100 thebe. Notes are in denominations of P100, 50, 20, and 10. Coins are in denominations of P5, 2, and 1, and 50, 25, 10, and 5 thebe.

Credit cards

Major credit cards are accepted in tourist areas

Currency exchange

Money should be exchanged in banks at market rates. The main commercial banks include the 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.

Botswana duty-free


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.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include firearms, ammunition, narcotics, and pornography.

You may bring in small amounts of fresh food, but you require an import license for larger amounts. Note that the import regulations on meat change regularly according to disease outbreaks in different countries.

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.

Restricted Goods.

ProductsMaximum Quantity
Tinned poultry meat20 kg per person
Eggs36 eggs per person
Fresh milk2 litres per person
Maize and maize products25 kg per person

Are you allowed to take meat into Botswana?

In general, you can take tinned food, things like cereals and similar, and UHT products through the border. You cannot take fresh meat, biltong, cheeses, fish, dairy products, fresh fruit, and sometimes vegetables through.

How much cash can you take into Botswana?


When you are entering or leaving Botswana you are required to declare Pula and/or foreign currency bank notes in your possession the amount of which equals to or exceeds an equivalent of Ten Thousand Pula (P10,000). You need not declare Traveller’s cheques and other monetary instruments.

What do you have to declare at the Botswana border?

All persons arriving in Botswana are required to unreservedly declare all goods in their possession to a Customs official on duty on a baggage declaration document called, Form J. Customs have a duty to protect Botswana from illicit goods.

Product/ CommodityQuantity Allowed (per passenger vehicle)
EggsUp to 2½ dozens

How much does it cost to enter Botswana?

The Botswana government charges $30 for a visa to enter Botswana. However, travelers who don’t need a visa and wonder how much the Botswana Visa Fee is will be delighted to know that there is no charge for citizens whose countries are on the visa-free list.