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Emergency Work Permit


Any non-citizen who requires the immediate employment or other engagement in an occupation for reward or profit for a period not exceeding three (3) months.

Who is eligible?


How do I get this service?
  • Download, complete the Emergency work permit form and submit with supporting documents to the nearest office
  • After vetting and assessment, the client will be notified if approved Emergency and they can collect permit.
What supporting documents are required?

Three (3) months Emergency Work Permit

  • Copy of job advert not older than six (6) months old.
  • Contract of employment.
  • Application letter for work (signed).
  • Letter of offer or appointment letter.
  • Applicants’ Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Certified copies of educational certificates. Please note that all certificates in foreign languages must be translated to English and be confirmed by Botswana Qualification Authority.
  • Certified copy of a valid passport – biographic data page (picture, passport number, date of birth, birth place, expiry, etc.)
  • 2 x Passport-size photos (with a white background).
  • Clearance from relevant professional regulatory bodies
  • Letter from the patient’s doctor (Nurse Aid/ Care taker).
  • Supporting letter from relevant Ministries for government projects
  • CV for understudies


Up to seven (7) days Emergency Work Permit?

  • Supporting letter
  • Certified copy of a valid passport – biographic data page (picture, passport number, date of birth, birthplace, expiry, etc.)
How long will this service take?

14 days

How much does it cost?

Three (3) months Emergency Work Permit

  • BWP 1,000.00

Up to seven (7) days Emergency Work Permit?

  • No cost
Where can I obtain this service?

Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development

Head Office, Block 8, Government Enclave, Khama Crescent

Private Bag 516, Gaborone, Botswana

Tell: +(267) 373 2700 / 2600

Fax: +(267) 397 5665

Where can I get more information on this Service

District Contact Numbers

Department of Labour and Social Security
Head office, Gaborone
Tel. (+267) 37372772

Gaborone Regional Labour Office I
Tel. (+267) 3971406
Gaborone Regional Labour Office II
Tel. (+267) 3956019
Francistown Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 2416933
Lobatse Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 5332569
Maun Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 68622705/2418
Selibe Phikwe Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 2611598
Serowe Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 4632579

Kasane Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 6250216

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

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