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Mineral Samples Export Permit


The service allows businesses to export mineral samples to other countries for testing purposes when it’s not feasible or possible to do the testing in Botswana.

Who is eligible?

Research institutions

Holder of one or more of the following licences:

  • Prospecting Licence.
  • Mining Licence.
  • Retention Licence.
  • Minerals Permit.
How do I get this service?

Download, complete Minerals Permit Application Form and submit with supporting documents to the nearest office.

Apply in writing to the Director of Mines detailing

  • Nature of mineral samples,
  • Quantities of samples,
  • Origin,
  • Destination, and
  • Types of analysis or tests to be carried out in the foreign country.
What supporting documents are required?
  • Confirmation letter from a Research Institution.
  • Confirmation of origin of samples in cases of research.
How long will this service take?

Seven (7) working days.

How much does it cost?

No cost.

Where can I get more information on this Service


Department of Mines

Government Enclave, Block 6, Khama Crescent

(Ministry of Basic Education building floor 4)

P/Bag 0049




Khama Crescent

Tel. (+267) 365 7000

Fax. (+267) 395 2141

Email: mines [at] (mines[at]gov[dot]bw)



Department of Mines

P/Bag F0081




Plot 1280, Government Camp

Tel. (+267) 245 0200

Fax. (+267) 240 6004

Email: mines [at]

Opening hours: 7:30 to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

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