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Health Guidelines for Ports of Entry

Overview

Port Health is responsible for inspection of;

  • Goods
  • Good commodities
  • Chemicals
  • Conveyances; that is trucks, aircraft, cars, buses
  • Travelers for yellow fever and diseases in surveillance and create a safe environment at ports of entry through pest control, waste management, inspection of point of entry, water quality and monitoring. The Division also ensures safe cross border transportation of dead bodies.

These are guidelines for the prevention and control of the international spread of diseases and other public health threats at designated points of entry; that is airports and land crossings into Botswana.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness advises the public to be aware of the import of the following:

  • Unsafe and poor quality goods.
  • Contaminated or adulterated foods. 
  • Hazardous chemicals.
  • Dangerous pesticide formulations.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Plant and prohibited animal products.
  • Any other hazardous chemical and biological materials that may come into Botswana.

In addition to this, the port health service undertakes disease surveillance, screening and reporting of diseases and public health conditions from external sources that may threaten the health and safety of Botswana.

 

    Who is eligible?

    All travelers and importers need to present themselves to Port Health Office upon arrival in Botswana.

    How do I get this service?

    Port Health Service is offered at the twelve (12) designated points of entry.

    What supporting documents are required?

    The following are requirements for all those entering Botswana:

    • Travelers coming to or transiting through Botswana from yellow fever endemic countries must carry valid international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever as it will be demanded at points of entry upon arrival.
    • Chemical clearance letter  and supporting documents if importing chemicals 
    • Clearance from the Ministry of Health and Wellness or other authorized officers when importing a corpse
    • Stamped purchase order if importing medicines
    • Any other measure that may be applied in response to public health events
    • Airliners must complete the Declaration of the Health Part of the Aircraft "General declaration form" by International Civil Aviation Authority and submit to port health officers upon arrival at airports.
    • Aircrafts travelling in from malarial areas, in and outside Botswana, must be disinfected when travelling to non-malarial areas and a proof of disinfection provided to port health officers upon arrival in the Health Part of the Aircraft General Declaration form.
    How long will this service take?

    It depends on the service required.

    How much does it cost?

    No cost

    Where can I obtain this service?

    At the designated points of entry, and these are;

    Ramokgwebana Border Post

    Ramatlabama Border Post

    Pioneer Border Post

    Martins Drift Border Post

    Tlokweng Border Post

    Kazungula Ferry Border Post

    Kazungula Road Border Post

    Mamuno Border Post

    Sir Seretse Khama International Airport

    Maun International Airport

    Kasane International Airport

    PG Matante International Airport

     

    Where can I get more information on this Service

    Ministry of Health and Wellness
    Department of Community Health Services

    Environmental and Occupational Health Division

    Port Health Unit
    Private Bag 0038
    Plot No 54609, Government Enclave, 24 Amos Street.
    Gaborone
    Botswana
    Tel. (+267) 3632069/ 3632448
    Fax. (+267) 3170177


    ​Opening hours: 07:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays. ​

     

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