Botswana Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import of:
- if being 18 years of age or older: 200 cigarettes and 20 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco;
- if being 18 years of age or older: 2 liters of wine and 1 liter of alcoholic beverages;
- 250 milliliters of eau de toilette and 50 milliliters of perfume;
- other gift articles up to a value of UA 500.- if arriving from Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia or South Africa; if arriving from other countries: up to a value of UA 3,000.-,.
(one UA is equivalent to one South African Rand).

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Prohibited: Military firearms, ammunition and explosives.
Other firearms require a firearm license.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

An import license or permit is required for agricultural products, such as plants and soil.

Additional Information on regulations:

Passengers must declare all goods with serial numbers by means of form DA65. On the day of departure the DA65 form has to be endorsed by the Customs Officer on duty at International Departures; all valuable goods without serial numbers must be declared by means of a NEP-form, which can be obtained, completed and stamped at any commercial bank. On the day of departure the NEP-form has to be endorsed by the Customs Officer on duty at International Departures.

Export regulations:

Free export of souvenirs and presents up to a value of BWP 500.-.


Cats and dogs require:
- Import permit from the Director of Veterinary Services, Private Bag 0032, Gaborone, Botswana: and
- Veterinary certificate; and
- Health certificate stating that the animal was vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to importation.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first point of entry in Botswana.
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Botswana.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Botswana Pula-BWP) and foreign currencies: no restrictions, if declared.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Botswana Pula-BWP): up to BWP 50.-.
Foreign currencies: up to the amounts imported and declared.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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