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Last update 02 May 2023Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 4: Termination warning throughout the country (except in case of extreme necessity)


Select passport type

Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

Official passport: visa not required

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, Republic of South Africa
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.

Permanent mission of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations Office

Tel: +41 22 906 10 60
Fax: +41 22 906 10 61
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://botswanamission.ch/contact-us/


General information

General Information


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


Medical services in hospitals do not meet European standards. 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. There are no special vaccination requirements for entry into the country. Some countries recommend a combined vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A.

Legislation specifics:

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

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.

Road traffic:

An international driving license is required.

Local currency:
The local currency is the Pula (P)
It is advisable to carry Euros, US Dollars, checks or credit cards.


Travel papers and visas

An international passport valid for at least 6 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.

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

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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.

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.

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