Like many other countries around the world, after being shuttered to tourism for several months, Botswana is reopening its borders in a phased manner.
On November 9, the government lifted restrictions on air travel at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, Kasane International Airport, and Maun International Airport. On December 1, ground crossings will resume with South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, at the commercial border points of Kazungula road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma, Ramokgwebaa, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer, and Mohembo.
International air travel will also resume on December 1 at Phillip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown.
All incoming travelers to Botswana will be expected to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and must undergo screening for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival at the airport. Those who show symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested and may be required to quarantine for 14 days. All travelers are expected to remain in contact with local health authorities for 14 days and report any symptoms.
Wildlife-lovers will be pleased to hear the news, as Botswana has the world’s largest elephant population and some of the best safari experiences in Africa.