VISA and travel information


VISA Information

Botswana - Entry requirements 

Most country nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from date of arrival, but do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. 

You might need to apply for a Visa in order to join us at the IDW18. Please visit the Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Ministry (formerly Ministry of Labour Home Affairs) website for the visa application forms and process and useful information on how to obtain your Visa.

Nationals/citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Botswana: 


All Commonwealth countries (except for Bangaldesh,Cameroon,Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
Angola
Argentina 
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium 
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic 
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany 
Greece
Holy See
Iceland
Israel 
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Latvia 
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mexico
Monaco
Norway and Colonies
Oman
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Ireland
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Arabia
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
The Netherlands
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Costs and processing time 

Please note that processing time can be up to a month at a cost of EURO 150 (equivalent to BWP 1714.74/USD 170). 


Invitation Letters

Standard Invitation letters will be sent via email to the participants outside Botswana for VISA purposes. Delegates are encouraged to apply as soon as they know they will travel beyond the stipulated month period. All visa requirements are described at the Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Ministry website.

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Flight Discounts

Ethiopian Airlines has been appointed and recognized as the official airline carrier for IDW participants who will be departing from any Ethiopian airline cities to Gaborone. Ethiopian Airlines will provide discounts as follows:

  • Business Class – 15% discount
  • Economy Class – 12% discount
  • These discounts do not apply to promotional fares.

The IDW Local Organizing Committee therefore recommends Ethiopian Airline services to all its affiliates and participants for their travel to and from Addis Ababa.

Visit their website at:

https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/AA/EN