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Before You Go
Visas
Foreigners from Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visa for entering 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, and their nationals are not required to obtain entry visa.

Requirements for visa application

Visitors

• Completed immigration supplementary Form D by the applicant (Visa form).
• Letter of support from the host.
• Two identical passport size photos.
• Fee of P25.00.
• Return visa or residence permit from the country of  residence  
• Return air ticket.
• Confirmation letter from the country if the person is coming for business purposes

Employment (additional)

• Waiver from Labour and Immigration department.
• Copy of acknowledgment slip for residence permit application.

If a person visiting Botswana wants to stay more than three months, he/she  must apply before entering Botswana to the Chief Immigration Officer, P. O. Box 942, Gaborone, tel. (267) 361-1300.
Border Posts

Border Posts/Airports

Business Times

Tel. Number

Bray

0800 - 1600

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Kazungula Ferry

0600 - 1800

2150420/651717

Kazungula Road

0600 - 2000

2150320

Makopong

0800 - 1600

6544031

Maitengwe

0600 - 1800

2986272

Mamuno

0700 - 2400

6592013/6592064

Martinsdrift

0800 - 1800

4940254

Matsiloje

0600 - 1800

2483205

McCarthy’s Rust

0800 - 1800

6540511

Middlepits

0800 - 1800

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Mohembo

0600 - 1800

6875505

Ngoma

0800 - 1600

6236002/6250736

Pandamatenga

0800 - 1600

6232029

Parrshalt

0800 - 1600

4940007

Phitshane Molopo

0730 - 1630

5487204

Pioneer Gate

0600 - 2200

5333992

Platjan

0800 - 1600

2646333

Pontdrift

0800 - 1600

2645260

Ramatlabama

0600 - 2000

5486296/5407170

Ramokgwebana

0600 - 2200

2489266

Ramotswa

0700 - 1900

5390344

Sikwane

0700 - 1900

5390344

Tlokweng Gate

0600 - 2200

3170800

Zanzibar

0800 - 1600

2646217

SSKA

0600 - 2000

3953022

Maun Airport

0630 - 2000

6860278

Jwaneng Airport

0730 - 1630

5880309

Kasane Airport

0600 - 1830

6250174

Selebi Phikwe Airport

0630 - 1830

2610385

Orapa Airport

0730 - 1630

2970211

Sowa Airfield

0730 - 1630

6213435

Francistown

0700 - 1900

2412065

Shakawe Airfield

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Best Time to Visit
During the rainy summer season, animals in many game areas disperse, while in the dry winter season they congregate around water sources, making for good game viewing. This does not mean, however, that game viewing is impossible during the summer season.

April and November - best time to go, when large number of animals migrate towards the waterways of the Okavango Delta.
November and December - the calving months are an excellent time to witness nature's own timetable of regeneration.
January to March - The rainy season sees the migration of large numbers of game into the summer grazing areas, while the delta comes alive with sounds of hundreds of bird species.
March and April - thousands of zebras and other animals migrate towards the Savuti area of Chobe National Park.
Summers (particularly from December through to February) can become exceptionally hot, and rain may make some roads muddy and impassable.
What to Bring
In summer –
    o Lightweight, light-colored cottons are preferable.
    o Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing.
    o Shorts and trousers are permissible for women.
    o Most hotels have swimming pools, so do bring a bathing suit.
    o Lightweight jacket and/or pullover for unexpected temperature changes.
In winter –
    o A pair of trousers
    o Long-sleeved shirts or blouses
    o Pullovers.
    o A very warm jacket for early mornings and evenings
Footwear - Comfortable walking shoes are a must; supplement with sandals and plastic flip-flops.
Sun protection - bring sunhat, sunscreen, sun lotion and sunglasses.
Miscellaneous –
    o Binoculars,
    o torch (with plenty of spare batteries and bulbs),
    o matches,
    o penknife,
    o water bottle,
    o insect repellent (spray and coils),
    o lip salve,
    o water purification tablets,
    o sewing kit,
    o safety-pins,
    o tweezers,
    o cello tape and masking tape
    o basic first-aid kit
    o Camera film is available at most shops and petrol stations.
    o Cosmetics, medications, cigarettes and imported liquors are all available in the major towns.
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