Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Botswana on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are currently no international travel restrictions to Botswana. However, travel restrictions related to new variants of the virus continue to evolve internationally. You should check the travel advice of any country you are planning to travel to, or transit, before starting your journey and confirm flight schedules with your airline.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Botswana.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Botswana
Air Botswana has resumed domestic flights.
There is no COVID-19 nationwide curfew. The government may impose further localised lockdowns. You should monitor Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for updates on this.
If you have any questions, please contact the Government’s 24 hour COVID-19 helplines on 16649 / 0800 600 111.
Many hotels and other accommodation providers are open. FCDO advises that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place.
Face coverings are compulsory in hotels and other accommodation. When entering the premises, you will also be need to have your temperature taken and sanitise your hands.
Public spaces and services
The Government of Botswana ended the State of Public Emergency from 1 October 2021.
The sale of alcohol in restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourism facilities is permitted.
The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including the compulsory wearing of face coverings and a requirement to have your temperature taken and sanitise your hands.
Healthcare in Botswana
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the Government of Botswana’s COVID-19 Call Centre on 16649.
See Health for further details on healthcare in Botswana.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Botswana
The Botswana national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. British nationals resident in Botswana are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. The Government of Botswana is delivering a categorised roll out of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. Citizens and residents are advised to self-register using the Republic of Botswana’s COVID-19 vaccination Self-Registration website. For further information on the vaccines used in Botswana, and their regulatory status, you should keep in touch with your local medical provider and see the website of the Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Botswana, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.