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Republic of Botswana

 

The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Gaborone. Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long term in Botswana can contact on consular matters the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria
Address: 1071 Church street, 0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 012 342 37 20; +27 012 342 79 41
Fax: +27 012 342 37 21
Emergency Mobile Number: +27 79 893 7336
Office hours: Mon to Fri, 08.00 - 16.30 h
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/southafrica

Bulgarian citizens travelling to Botswana should contact the Botswana Embassy in Stockholm or the British Embassy in Sofia.

Embassy of the Republic of Botswana to the Kingdom of Sweden
Address: Tyrgatan 11, 100 41 Stockholm
Telephone: +46 8 54525885

Her British Majesty’s Embassy in Sofia
Address: Sofia, 9 “Moscovska” str.
Telephone: +359 933 92 22
Fax: +359 933 92 19
Consular Office
Telephone: +359 933 92 22
Fax: +359 933 92 50
Office hours: Mon to Thu, 08.30 - 17.30 h; Fri, 08.30 - 13.00 h
E-mail: [email protected]

General information

general information

Local currency

The local currency is the Pula (P)

It is advisable to carry Euros, US Dollars, checks or credit cards.

Security

Botswanaas a whole, and especially the northern part of the country, offers good opportunities for tourism. However, there has been a recent rise in incidents of armed robberies and assaults in urban areas. In the capital Gaborone, the usual security measures are recommended to foreign guests.

Customs requirements

Unlimited amounts of foreign currency may be imported, but it must be declared when entering the country. Items for personal use are not subject to customs duty. The export of local currency of up to 50 Pula (P) is permitted. Exported foreign currency cannot exceed the imported amounts.

Legislation specifics

Homosexuality in Botswana is prohibited and under local law is punishable with imprisonment up to seven years.

Road traffic

An international driving license is required.

Healthcare

Medical services in hospitals do not meet European standards.

Travel papers and visas

An international passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry.

Bulgarian citizens do not need visas for short visits to the Republic of Botswana of up to 90 days.

For more information, Bulgarian citizens should contact the Botswana Embassy in Stockholm or the British Embassy in Sofia.

There are no special vaccination requirements for entry into the country. Some countries recommend a combined vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A.

For more accurate information, we recommend you to contact the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, telephone: +359 2 944 69 99 221.

Practical advice

It is advisable to carry photocopies of personal documents and store the originals in the hotel.

Good personal hygiene is recommended, including frequent washing of hands with warm water.

Particular caution should be exercised when eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Water must be boiled before use.

Competitive service

Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long terms in Botswana can contact for consular matters the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, South Africa.

In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of any EU Member State in Gaborone.

Certification and Legalisation

Documents issued to Bulgarian citizens in Botswana should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Botswana. They are to be certified in the Embassy of Botswana in Stockholm. The signature and validation of the consulate office to this embassy are to be further validated by the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Stockholm.

Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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