Botswana is a country in South Africa, formerly known as the British colony of Bechuanaland. After obtaining its independence in 1966, it is formally known as Botswana.
Known for one of the most riveting rags to riches story of any African country, i.e. from being the continent’s poorest country to the richest, Botswana is ideal the ideal place for a visit. Whether it is a solo trip or a family holiday, Botswana has something for everyone.
With its eclectic mix of nature reserves and busy cities, Botswana has a multitude of places to visit. However, in order to enter Botswana, you will need to obtain a tourist visa first. The process towards obtaining it is quite simple, however, if you need any help to do so, please contact us. Here at S&F Consulting, we are officially registered agents in Botswana. This means that we are qualified to act on your behalf for whatever task that needs to be undertaken. In the meantime, we have prepared a summary of what the visa process for Botswana entails below. You may use this as a checklist to ensure you are fully prepared. After filing the application, the process towards receiving the visa will take approximately 21 working days.
Do note that if you hold a passport from a country that is exempt from requiring a visa, you will not have to go through this process. The countries that are exempt from this list may be found here.
Process towards obtaining a tourist visa to visit Botswana
The first step is to complete the visa application form with the following details:
- Your full name
- Your age + Date of Birth
- Your country of birth
- Your nationality
- Your occupation
- Step 2- A clear copy of your passport
Now you will need to submit a clear copy of your passport. Do not that this MUST be a notarized copy by a local authority.
- Step 3- Submitting your original passport
You may submit your original password here or you may submit it at the end when you obtain your approval.
Do note that your passport will require at least a six month validity.
- Step 4- Writing a cover letter
To successfully apply for visa to Botswana, you will need to write a cover letter. This is just a simple letter that details your reasons to visit Botswana and what you intend to do during your stay.
- Step 4- Previous Visas
For those applying for a visa for the second time (or any consequent times after the first) attach a copy of your previous visa/s.
- Step 5- Travelling by land
If you are not flying to Botswana, attach your contact details in your cover letter.
- Step 6- Details of stay
Now, you will need to attach the following with your application:
Accommodation details (e.g. hotel bookings or if you’re staying with friends/family)
- Step 7- make arrangements for your passport to be delivered back
This may include a return envelope with delivery paid for.
- Step 8- Bank statement
You will need to submit a statement from your bank that confirms you have sufficient funds for your stay in Botswana.
It should be noted that in the case of visa approvals for minors, you will need to adhere to the following:
- Submit a notarized copy of their birth certificate
- If a parent/guardian is not travelling alongside them, they will need a letter signed by a parent/guardian giving them permission to travel.
The tourist visa will cost USD 60 as a processing fee.
To conclude, obtaining a visa to Botswana is a simple process. If you have any doubts or reservations do contact us. Our friendly customer service team will be happy to help you. We are online 24/7 so if you ever need us, just call!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will this process take?
The process to obtain a tourist visa to Botswana will take around 21 working days
How much is the visa fee?
The visa fee for tourists is USD 60
Why should I choose S & F Consulting?
Here at S & F Consulting, we are officially registered agents in Botswana. As such, our pride is being able to simplify otherwise complicated processes for you. Therefore, you may simply contact us will make sure any visa process goes smooth and worry free!