Botswana Country information!


Taxes in Botswana

No airport departure taxes are charged.

Security in Botswana

Exercise normal safety measures against crime. Be vigilant and keep valuables hidden and safe, and secure the car. Avoid walking after dark. Drive very carefully, and beware of animals on rural roads. Avoid driving in rural areas after dark. In game parks be aware of the danger of wild animals. Do not take photos or videos in the vicinity of military or government sites. Punishment for drug crimes is harsh. Always have a copy of your passport with you as identification. The police emergency number is 999.

Vaccinations in Botswana

Compulsory: None

Recommended: Hepatitis A and B, tetanus and typhoidPeople older than 1 year travelling from risk areas (not SA) need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Immunisation against polio and diphtheria may be advised. There is a risk of tuberculosis and immunisation may be advised. There is a risk of malaria in northern Botswana, especially Nov-Apr, and prophylaxis (not Chloroquine) is advised. Take care to prevent mosquito bites and use insect repellents. If suffering from flu-like symptoms or a fever up to a year after visiting a malaria-risk area, consult a doctor. Be aware that there are sporadic cases of anthrax in wild animals. There is a risk of rabies. Take care to prevent tick bites. Practise good food and water hygiene to prevent cholera and contact a doctor urgently if experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting. If a victim of sexual assault or injury, seek medical advice promptly due to the high rate of HIV/AIDS infection in Botswana. Medical services in Gaborone are acceptable but only basic outside of the capital. Proof of payment capability is required before treatment takes place. Serious cases may require costly evacuation to SA. The medical emergency number is 997. It is recommended that travellers see a healthcare professional or travel clinic no less than six weeks before departure.

Currency in Botswana          

1 Botswana Pula (BWP) = 100 Thebe. Latest Exchange Rate: BWP1 = ZAR1.1469 (05 Aug 2013 00:00). Traveller’s cheques (in USD or GBP) are accepted at the airport, banks and hotels in the large cities but there is a high surcharge. Some resorts accept USD. Shops and restaurants generally accept major credit cards. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are available in most larger cities and towns. Clients are advised to obtain their credit card PIN numbers before leaving the country as most ATMs prompt for a PIN when withdrawing cash from a credit card. Travellers with cash passports are advised to check with their cash passport issuer whether or not they will be accepted in Botswana.

Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-15:00.

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