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Botswana: Country and Foreign Investment

Entry and Residence

All visitors entering Botswana must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months, except those with United Nations Convention travel documents. Visitors must also have outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds to finance their stay. Visas are not required by British Commonwealth citizens, and nationals from EU member states, the US, Switzerland, Mauritius, and a number of other countries.

Valid entry visas for the countries which do require them may be obtained from Botswana's various embassies and high commissions abroad. In countries where Botswana is not represented, visas may be obtained from the British High Commission. Entry visas obtained at border posts are valid for a maximum of 30-90 days. Extensions may be obtained from any immigration office in Botswana. No visitor is allowed more than a 90-day stay in every calendar year, unless permission has been granted in the form of a waiver pending the outcome of a residence permit application.

Requirements for visa application include (at the time of writing):

  • Completed immigration supplementary Form D by the applicant (Visa form).
  • Letter of support from the host.
  • Two passport size photos (identical).
  • Fee of P500.00
  • Return visa or residence permit from the country of residence.
  • Return air ticket.
  • Confirmation letter from the country concerned if the person is coming for business purposes.

If a visitor intends to take up employment, additional documents are required:

  • Waiver from Labour and Immigration department.
  • Copy of acknowledgment slip for residence permit application.

In June 2010, The Minister of Labour published an amendment to the Immigration Act which will result in streamlined processing of residence permits for certain employees in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). The changes apply to IFSC employees who hold the following positions:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Head of Treasury
  • Head of Accounting
  • Head of Risk Management

Botswana IFSC accredited companies already enjoy exemptions from work permit requirements as they are pre-approved by the Botswana IFSC Certification Committee

Further information on entry and residence can be obtained from the Department of Immigration at:

P.O. Box 942,
Telephone (267) 390 9995, 
Fax (267) 390 9996



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