Regulations For Traveling To Botswana With Children
Please note that as of the 1st October 2016, the Botswana Government updated their laws concerning traveling with minors. The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs informs the general public and travel industry that it has imposed requirements for minors (children under 18) traveling through the country’s ports of entry.
Minors traveling through Botswana’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not traveling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be presented. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
One of our suppliers has spoken directly with the Director of Immigration and Citizenship, Mr. Mabuse Pule, and whilst there is yet to be updates to various government websites, it has been communicated in an official letter they received from the Botswana Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, it was stated the decision is due to an enactment of the United Nations Anti Human Trafficking Protocol:
The following documents will be required when traveling to Botswana with minors (18 years and below):
• Valid Passport
• Valid VISA, if required
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of the parents)
• A letter of consent from the other parent should the minor be traveling with one parent
These requirements are similar to the ones introduced by South Africa in June 2015, and as such, should not affect guests traveling through South Africa to a great extent as most of them should already have the correct documentation. If you are unsure of the requirements, please get in touch with your home country Embassy to discuss in further detail.