Travel Advice for Botswana
Botswana
Capital: Gaborone

Time Zone GMT + 2
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 267
IDD: International Direct Dialling to over 80 Countries
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 351161.
Tourist
Information
Dept of Tourism, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Private Bag, 0047, Gaborone, Botswana Tel: 353 024 or 313 314 Fax: 308 675.
Passport
Information
A valid passport is required by all and must be valid for 6 months. Return ticket required. May be subject to change at short notice. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
No information available at present.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Falciparum variety present.
Other Health Risks: Rabies, Bilharzia, Cholera, Rabies, Ticks, Sleeping sickness present.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Pula (P) = 100 thebes.
Note: Export of local currency is limited to P500.
Credit cards are accepted on a limited basis. Travellers cheques are accepted, but the surcharge may be high.
ATM availability: 27 locations.
Cost of
Living
Comparable with western Europe.
Languages English and Setswana.
Weather Oct to Apr - Hot and Wet season. May to Sept - Cooler and Drier.
Electricity 220/240 Volts AC, 50 Hz Plugs - 13 amp socket.
Post 1 - 3 weeks by airmail.
Transport AIR, RAIL AND BUS: Major cities are linked by these networks.
ROAD: tarmac roads are limited mostly being sand tracks. Reserves of water and fuel should always be taken.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is recommended for stays up to 6 months, after which a Botswana driving license must be obtained.
Special
Information
Casual clothing is acceptable. Respect for the traditional way of life must be displayed. Do not take photographs of airports, official residences and military and defence establishments.