< Back As a foreign resident, what is my status in your country? What kinds of visas are available? What is required to obtain these visas? Are spouses permitted and/or likely to find work? What are the main forms of identification and how does a newcomer obtain them Are there any other important permits I must obtain, or places where I must register right away? What items should I avoid bringing into the country? Is there anything else I should know about entering and remaining in the country legally? As a foreign resident, what is my status in your country? Like any other resident, you will be subject to the rules that govern. You will be able to engage in normal activities, such as banking, purchasing real estate and operating a vehicle, but it's advisable to research these things first. Regarding monetary transactions - The Botswana authorities monitor the movement of money into and out of the country for various reasons, including enforcement of anti-laundering measures. Regarding automobiles - Residents of Botswana are not allowed to drive (or use) a foreign-registered vehicle for more than fourteen days after importation of such a vehicle. Regarding firearms - If you import any, bear in mind that the issuance of licenses in Botswana is strictly controlled and yours need to be licensed immediately on arrival. Verify other details of your status with the relevant government agencies as soon as you arrive. ↑ Top What kinds of visas are available? A General Entry visa is available for visitors from those countries that are required to show one. This visa allows you in the country for 30 to 90 days. Extensions may be obtained from immigration representatives in Botswana. Visas can be obtained from embassies outside Botswana or at its border posts. Foreigners from most commonwealth countries are NOT required to obtain visas in order to enter Botswana, except in cases where the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs has directed otherwise. Botswana has also signed visa abolition agreements with a number of countries whose nationals are also not required to obtain an entry visa. Check the website for the Embassy of the Republic Botswana for the most current information. Countries that require a visa to enter Botswana: Afghanistan Eritrea Nicaragua Albania Ethiopia Niger Algeria Gabon Nigeria Andorra Georgia Oman Angola Ghana Pakistan Armenia Guatemala Palau Azerbaijan Guinea Panama Bangladesh Guinea Bissau Philippines Burkina Faso Haiti Qatar Bosnia & Herzegovina Honduras Rwanda Belarus India Sao Tome & Principe Benin Indonesia Saudi Arabia Bhutan Iran Senegal Bolivia Iraq Serbia Burkina Faso Jordan Somalia Burundi Kazakhstan Sri Lanka Cambodia Korea (Dem. Peoples Rep) Sudan Cameroon Kuwait Sumatra Cape Verde Kyrgyzstan (Kirghizia) Suriname Central African Republic Laos (Peoples Dem. Rep) Syria Chad Lebanon Taiwan China Liberia Tajikistan Columbia Libya Thailand Comoros Macedonia Togo Congo (Republic Of) Madagascar Tunisia Congo (Democratic Republic Of) Mali Turkey Cote D’ivoire (Ivory Coast) Mauritania Turkmenistan Cuba Micronesia Ukraine Czech Republic Moldova United Arab Emirates Djibouti Mongolia Uzbekistan Ecuador Montenegro Vatican City Egypt Morocco Vietnam El Salvador Myanmar (Burma) Yemen Equatorial Guinea Nepal ↑ Top What is required to obtain these visas? For those who are required to have entry visas, you'll need to supply: Completed immigration supplementary Form D (Visa form) Letter of support from the host (if applicable) Two passport-size pictures (identical) Fee of P500.00 (approx. US$85.00) Return visa or residence permit from home country or country of residence Return plane ticket Confirmation letter from the country, if the person is traveling for business purposes If seeking authorization to work, you will need to supply, in addition to the above: A waiver from Labour and Immigration department A copy of acknowledgment slip for residence permit application If a person visiting Botswana wants to stay more than three months, before entering Botswana he or she must apply to the Chief Immigration Officer at P.O., Box 942, Gaborone; Tel: +267 361-1300, Fax. +267 352-996. ↑ Top Are spouses permitted and/or likely to find work? Yes, a spouse is permitted to work if he or she has a valid work permit. This is to be obtained separately from the working partner's permit. ↑ Top What are the main forms of identification and how does a newcomer obtain them? All visitors entering Botswana must have a passport that is valid for at least six months. For security purposes, a photocopy of your passport can be offered as well. A driver's license is also useful. ↑ Top Are there any other important permits I must obtain, or places where I must register right away? Please contact the embassy or other help agencies to have questions answered. ↑ Top What items should I avoid bringing into the country? Avoid taking pornographic material, walkie talkie radios, and feathers, furs, skins, tusks, etc., of animals that come under the protected species regulations. Also avoid narcotics, drugs, plant and vegetable products, firearms, ammunition and explosives of any kind. ↑ Top Is there anything else I should know about entering and remaining in the country legally? Please check with Immigration for the most current information. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.