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Africa > Botswana: Covid-19 and Travel


Present Situation

Total cases: 306 614

Active cases: 303

Recovered: 303 619

Deaths: 2 692

Vaccination count: 1.5 millions

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2022-05-18

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Negative PCR test results is required for some travelers.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in public spaces

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Allowed
Airports in Gaborone (GBE), Kasane (BBK) and Maun (MUB) reopened.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a coronavirus test to travel to Botswana. You will need to present your vaccination certification during travel and on arrival.

Unvaccinated people must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. You may also be asked to undertake an additional PCR test at the port of entry at your own cost. If the test is positive, you will be permitted to isolate within the district of the port of entry at your own cost.

Tests: Negative PCR test results is required for some travelers.

Quarantine: Depends
Self-isolation required for some travelers.

Information updated on 2022-05-06.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Partial
Botswana exited the State of Emergency as of October 1, 2021.
Botswana has a Level 4 Travel Advisory.
Suspension for all gatherings have been lifted but safety protocols remain (wearing of masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing).
Funeral services are permitted, with normal safety protocols.
Religious services may be held with safety protocols.
Weddings may be held following safety protocols.
Cultural or traditional occasions have also resumed with safety protocols being adhered to.
Meetings or workshops have been resumed with the host ensuring safety measures are in-place.
Restaurants may operate at full capacity within the confines of their trading licenses.
All sports and recreational activities have resumed.
Alcohol sales and consumption is now allowed.
All schools have been opened and follow safety protocols.
Charter flights may be available for tourists into Kasane and Maun. Please check directly with charter companies and tour companies regarding the most current schedules and regulations.
Connecting commercial flights into Botswana are operating from hubs in South Africa and Ethiopia. U.S. citizen travelers are advised to confirm COVID-19-related entry requirements for transit countries. As of February 14th, 2022, all travelers into Botswana require either proof of having been fully vaccinated or a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival in Botswana followed by vaccination at the port of entry on arrival at no cost. The Government of Botswana has issued a statement saying that those without proof of vaccination and without a 72-hour negative PCR result who also refuse the vaccine will not be admitted into Botswana. Please note that enforcement of regulations may not be consistent.
Medical evacuations for serious injury and illness are typically organized to South Africa by tourist agencies and safari companies. However, due to current COVID conditions in South Africa, patients may be routed to Gaborone for care if beds are available. Please check the U.S. Embassy in South Africa’s COVID page for the latest details on border closures at https://za.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/.

Mask use
Masks are required in public spaces

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events are allowed but wearing of masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing is mandatory

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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