Last update 13 September 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 4: Termination warning throughout the country (except in case of extreme necessity)
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We call on Bulgarian citizens to refrain from travelling!
Republic of Botswana
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Gaborone. The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, South Africa, is accredited to Botswana.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Address: 1071 Stanza Bopape Str, 0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone:+27 012 342 37 20; +27 012 342 79 41
Fax:+27 012 342 37 21
Working hours: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 12:00
In case of emergency and urgent cases in out-of-hours, holidays and weekends: mobile telephone: +27 79 893 7336
E-mail: [email protected]
Bulgarian citizens travelling to Botswana should contact the Permanent Mission of Botswana to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Permanent mission of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations Office
1202, Geneva, Switzerland, 10 Allee David Morse
Telephone: +41 22 906 10 60
Fax: +41 22 906 10 61
E-mail: [email protected]
Botswana in general, and the north in particular, offers good opportunities for tourism. However, cases of robberies and armed attacks in urban areas have been on the rise in recent times. In the capital city of Gaborone, the usual security measures are recommended on the part of foreign visitors. It is advisable to carry photocopies of your personal documents and keep the originals at the hotel.
There is no specific requirement to have vaccines when entering the country. Some countries recommend a combined diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and tetanus vaccine. Service in the hospitals does not meet the European standards.
For up-to-date information on mandatory and/or recommended vaccines you may contact the Regional Health Inspectorates in the country.
Specifics of the local legislation:
Homosexuality is prohibited in the Republic of Botswana and is punishable by up to seven years in prison under local law.
The import of an unlimited amount of foreign currency is allowed, but it must be declared upon entry into the country. Items for personal use are not taxed. Export of local currency up to Pula 50 (P) is allowed. The foreign currency exported may not exceed the amount imported on entry.
No specifics. International driving licence is required.
It is advisable to carry photocopies of your personal documents and keep the originals at the hotel.
Good personal hygiene is recommended, including frequent hand washing with warm water. Particular caution is advised when consuming fresh fruit and vegetables. Water must be boiled before use.
The local currency is Pula (P) It is advisable to carry euros, US dollars, cheques or credit cards.
Travel papers and visas
An international passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the country. Visas are not required for Bulgarian citizens for short-term visits to the Republic of Botswana of up to 90 days.
Effective 1 October 2016, minors crossing into Botswana must present certified copies of a birth certificate showing the names of the mother and father, in addition to a valid passport. If one of the parents does not travel with the child, it is necessary to provide a certified statement from the parent that he/she agrees to the child travelling with the other parent. Such a declaration is not required if the child's birth certificate does not include the father's name.
For further information Bulgarian citizens should contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana in Stockholm or the British Embassy in Sofia.
Documents drawn up by institutions in the Republic of Botswana, in order to be recognized in the Republic of Bulgaria, must be provided with an Apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Botswana. Once the documents have been prepared in this way, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized company in Bulgaria and the translation must be certified by the Certifications and Legalizations Department with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria. Alternatively, the translation can be done by one of the sworn translators of the Embassy, and the signature of the sworn translator is certified by the Consular Office.
In extreme situations — in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Gaborone.