Exciting news! An official Botswana Government press release announced the resumption of international travel to Botswana. Here’s everything you need to know.
Starting from 9 November 2020, Botswana president Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi approved the lifting of international travel restrictions in a phased manner.
Also read: Rivers and reopenings in Botswana.
When can I fly into Botswana?
On the 9th of November, 2020, air travel will resume to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport. Furthermore, international air travel will resume on the 1st of December, 2020 at Phillip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown.
The Air Botswana Board announced re-commencement of its scheduled regional operations effective from 10 November 2020. Air Botswana will initially offer four weekly flights between Gaborone and Johannesburg, but these will be adjusted based on travel demand. This is taking into account the prevalent travel conditions and protocols, still to be adhered to. Other regional destinations will be gradually introduced, including Cape Town, Harare and Lusaka.
Airlink is also flying into Botswana and will resume operations between its hub, Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, and Botswana’s capital city Gaborone on 16 November 2020. Two more Botswana routes will be reactivated next month, namely Johannesburg-Maun (from 1 December) and Johannesburg-Kasane (from 16 December).
Once on the ground, air transfers are available into the Okavango Delta to access our remote, eco-friendly lodges.
When can I self-drive into Botswana
On the 1st of December, 2020, Ground Crossing will resume at the commercial border points of Kazungula road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma, Ramokgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo. The remaining Points of Entry will be considered in due course subject to disease burden and harmonization with other neighbouring countries.
What do I need to do before travelling to Botswana?
All arriving travellers will be expected to meet the following requirements:
a) Present a valid 72 Hour negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) result from time of departure.
b) Screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry.
c) Symptomatic clients upon arrival will be required to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation and or quarantine, as per section 76 (1) (2) and 80 of the Public Health Act of 2013.
d) The traveller will be required to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days doing self-monitoring.
e) Travellers exiting Botswana are expected to comply with travel regulations of the destination country at their own expense.
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