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Travel Document Type

eVisa (Single Entry)

Government Fee

USD 27.00

Byevisa Processing Fee

TBC

Processing Time

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Travel Document Type

eVisa (Multiple Entry)

Government Fee

USD 45.00

Byevisa Processing Fee

TBC

Processing Time

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All About the Visa for Botswana 

If you like the sound of discovering the wilderness of Botswana, you will be pleased to know that getting a tourist visa to travel to this magnificent country is straightforward.

In August 2021, Botswana announced a new e-Visa (Electronic Visa) system, which is very welcome news for visitors who previously had to go through complicated bureaucratic procedures. In terms of your length of stay in the country, there are 2 e-Visa options available:

  • Single Entry, which is valid for 30 days.
  • Multiple Entry, which is valid for 90 days.

Dozens of nationalities are eligible for this online travel document, including citizens of China, India, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Pakistan and the UAE.

This new procedure significantly reduces the issuance time of a travel document that previously took around 2 to 3 weeks. In addition, you can apply and receive your document from the comfort of your own home – what more could you ask for?

Meanwhile, Botswana also grants visa-free access to over a hundred countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and most of Europe. Visitors under the visa-waiver program can stay for up to 90 days within any 12-month period.

Keep reading to learn the requirements to apply for the eVisa if you’re eligible, or the regulations to enter if you’re visa-exempt!

What Is the Difference Between a Botswana e-Visa and a Visa Waiver?

Travelling to Botswana has never been easier! The new eVisa means that anyone who does require prior authorisation before travelling can apply online in a few simple steps. The electronic system means easier applications and faster processing times, so you can spend more time on more fun things, like choosing your ideal safari tour.

And what about everyone else? Well, if you aren’t eligible for an e-Visa, it means you are exempt altogether and you can travel to Botswana whenever you like without any additional permits necessary. Just make sure you check that your passport has at least 6 months validity remaining before you go, as you don’t want to be turned back just as you arrive.

Botswana Visa Application Form and Process

Getting the e-Visa is fast and simple with Byevisa. In just a few simple steps, you can have your travel document to explore the only inland delta in the world.

Follow the process below to apply now:

  1. Click on the ‘Apply’ button.
  2. Fill in the application form with all your details.
  3. Upload the required supporting documents.
  4. Choose your Byevisa processing speed.
  5. Pay the fee with a credit or debit card.
  6. Receive the visa by email directly into your inbox.

Once the visa is approved, you will be able to jump on a plane and spend up to 90 days immersed in the African wilderness.

Remember that the authorities will be able to see your travel permit electronically by scanning your passport. Nonetheless, it’s always a good idea to print a copy with you when you travel.

Travel to Botswana Visa Requirements and Eligibility

Are you wondering whether you need to apply for a travel document? In this section, you can find out what requirements apply to you based on your nationality. Check the lists below to find out if you need an eVisa, or if you’re from one of the Botswana visa-free countries.

List of eVisa Eligible Countries

The following countries require an Electronic Visa to enter Botswana:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Armenia
Aruba
Ascension Islands
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia Herzegovina
Bouvet Island
British Virgin Islands
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde Islands
Cayman Islands
Central African Rep
Chad
China
Christmas Island
Colombia
Comoros and Mayotte Islands
Congo
Congo D.R.C
Cook Islands
Cote d`Ivoire
Cuba
Curacao
Czech Republic
Djibouti
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Faroe Islands
Falkland Islands
French Antilles
French Guiana

French Polynesia
French Southern Territories
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greenland
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea Bissau
Haiti
Heard and McDonald Island
Holy See
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Mali
Marshall Island
Martinique
Mauritania
Mayotte
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria

Niue Island
Norfolk Island
North Korea
Northern Mariana Islands
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Philippines
Pitcairn
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion Islands
Rwanda
Saint Barth lemy
Saint Martin French part
Samoa
Sao Tome
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Sint Maarten Dutch part
Somalia
South Georgia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
St. Helena
St. Pierre and Miquelon
Sudan
Suriname
Svalbard and Ljan Mayen Islands
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tokelau
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Virgin Islands British
Virgin Islands US
Wallis and Futuna
Western Sahara
Western Samoa
Yemen

List of Visa-Exempt Nationalities

Meanwhile, the following nationalities will be pleased to hear that they can travel visa-free to Botswana:

Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Brazil
Brunei
Darussalam
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Estonia
Finland
France
Gambia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guyana
Holy Sea
Hungary
Iceland

Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia

Samoa
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea (Republic of)
South Sudan
Spain
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Yugoslavia
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Don’t forget that, even if you don’t need a travel permit, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

Botswana Visa Form and Documents

Whether you’re applying for the Single or Multiple Entry eVisa, you will need to complete the application form. The basic information to provide is as follows.

Application Form

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Passport expiry date
  • Type of visa required
  • Length of stay
  • Email address (this is where your document will be sent to)

In addition, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have at least 3 blank pages in it.

Supporting Documents

After completing the form, you will need to upload the following supporting documents too:

  • A recent colour photo (JPG format) of yourself, no bigger than 30kb
  • Onward travel or return tickets
  • Your travel itinerary
  • All accommodation bookings

All documents must be uploaded as 1 single PDF file no bigger than 5Mb, and they must be in English.

Vaccinations

If you are coming from a yellow fever endemic country, you will also need to bring a certificate showing you have been vaccinated against this.

Botswana Visa Status Check

Once you have started or submitted an application online, you can check its progress at any time by following these simple steps:

  1. Click Log In in the top right corner of our menu.
  2. Enter your email address and the ID code sent to you when you completed the application.
  3. Write your inquiry and submit it.

Although we will be glad to give you an update on the progress of your application, we also advise you to wait until the processing timeframe has passed first (this varies depending on the service speed you selected). It’s highly likely you will receive the document within the timeframe selected.

How Much Does a Botswana Visa Cost?

The cost for a travel document to Botswana depends on the type you apply for:

  • 300 pula (27 USD) for Single Entry for up to 1 month.
  • 500 pula (45 USD) for Multiple Entry for up to 3 months.

 

In addition, depending on which processing speed you choose, Byevisa charges a service fee for taking care of all the paperwork for you. 

Here are Byevisa’s service options:

  • Highly Rapid: processed in X business days for X USD
  • Rapid: processed in X business days for X USD
  • Standard: processed in X business days for X USD

When you apply through our website, you can select the option that best suits your needs. 

More Questions and Information About Botswana Visas

We hope you found everything you needed on this page before your wilderness trip. In case you still have any lingering doubts, take a look at our most frequently asked questions below.

When you apply for your travel document, you will be asked to choose between 2 options: a Single entry permit valid for 30 days, and a Multiple Entry permit valid for 90 days. If you wish to extend your stay, you should visit the nearest immigration office while there to discuss your options.
Among other things, the government’s official website outlines the country’s entry requirements and policies. However, you can find much of the same information on this page, written in a clear and concise manner to help you navigate all the bureaucracy.
The approval time depends on the processing speed you select at the time of applying. Byevisa offers 3 service options: Standard, Rapid and Highly Rapid. If you don’t remember which one you selected, you can check the email confirmation we sent you.
If your passport has expired or is due to expire in the near future, it’s essential that you renew it before you apply for your travel document or jump on a flight to Botswana. Remember, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date in the country with 3 blank pages.
No, there isn’t. US citizens don’t need to get any additional documents or permits to travel to Botswana. All you need is a passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 3 blank pages in it.
Just like American citizens, if you are of Canadian nationality, then you are eligible to gain entry into the country with just your passport. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to read all the terms and policies we have outlined on this page.
It generally doesn’t take too long to process the new Electronic Visa, but it’s always a good idea to apply a little in advance. If you need a last minute travel document, you can use our Highly Rapid service.
Yes. Although your document will be linked to your passport electronically, we always recommend printing a copy and taking it with you when you travel.
If you fill in the application form carefully and with the correct information, it’s quite rare for an application to be denied. If this happens, contact us. We'll identify what needs to be amended in your application, so you can apply again. What’s more, if the Botswana government rejects your application, we’ll refund the fees in full.
First of all, check if either of your passports falls under the visa-waiver program. If not, then just choose which passport you want to use for the trip and start the application process. The most important thing is that you travel with the same passport you used for your application.
Would you like to know what a Visa for Botswana looks like? Here is an example of a traditional one. Once the new electronic format is available we will include an example below for your reference. Botswana visa sample
Interested in finding out more about the ins and outs of Botswana’s travel policies? Take a look at the links below for additional information and related topics. We update this section regularly, so it’s a good idea to check back once in a while.
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