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Botswana Reopens Borders for International Tourism

President of Botswana Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi has announced a phased plan for the reopening of Botswana’s borders for international tourism. As of November 9, 2020, air travel has resumed at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport.

The next phase is the opening of several commercial border crossings beginning December 1st, 2020. Selected crossings include Kazungula road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma, Ramokgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo. Also on December 1, Phillip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown will resume air travel operations.

All arriving travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours from time of departure. Travelers will be screened for symptoms upon arrival. Anyone with symptoms will be subject to mandatory testing and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days. Travelers must remain in contact with the local heath authorities for 14 days while self-monitoring. Noncitizens not meeting the requirements will not be allowed entry into Botswana. 

The opening of remaining Points of Entry will be considered in the future, subject to developments in disease control and coordination with neighboring countries.

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