Rules & Instructions for access to and travel in Botswana

Latest Update: March 2nd 2021

Botswana is slowly opening for international travel in phases, which started from the 9th of November 2020. Air travel has for now resumed from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gabarone, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport.


  • All tourists must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is no more than 72 hours valid from country of departure.
  • All tourists will be screened on arrival for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival. Any tourists showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation and/or quarantine.
  • Tourists will be required to stay in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days doing self-monitoring.
  • Tourists are required to comply with travel regulations of the destination country at their own expense.
  • Before departing Botswana, a valid negative COVID-19 test result must be presented, valid 72 hours before departure. This can be done in Maun or Kasane, the day before departing (the test has a 24 hour turnaround time for results) or by “Fly-In” test where a nurse will fly to any lodge in the Okavango Delta to do the testing before the results are then flown to Maun to be processed.


  • From 1st December 2020:
    • Border crossings will be opened again at Kazangula, Ngoma, Ramokgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo.
    • Air Travel will also resume at Phillip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown

Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Private charter flights
Commercial flights – pending release

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