The following is a circular we have received from Botswana Tourism introducing a $30 tourism levy for entries into Botswana from June 1st 2017.
TOURISM DEVELOPMENT LEVY
The Levy Background
The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation wishes to announce the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL)
Purpose of the Levy
The objective of the Levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, resultantly improving the lives of the people of Botswana.
Who is eligible to pay?
All visitors to Botswana in exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states
Where is the levy collected?
The Levy is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts, starting 1st June 2017
How is the payment done?
Payments are done at the ports of entry through electronic payment machines through cash (US Dollars), debit and credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.
How much is the levy
Travellers to Botswana will pay USD30.00.
The Botswana Government remains committed to growing the contribution of tourism to the national economy as well as economic diversification and employment creation.
For further information please visit the BTO website
For enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +267 391 3111
The new Victoria Falls Airport, which now has the capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers per annum, tripling its previous volume, and is capable of landing some of the world’s largest aircraft, was officially opened on Friday 18th November 2016.
The airport features a four kilometer runway, state of the art control tower, which is one of the most advanced in Africa, and a fire station, equipped to respond to fire and medical emergencies.
Facilities at the international terminal include 14 check-in counters, 9 boarding gates, three baggage carousels, a dozen shops, two restaurants, 28 aircraft parking bays and parking facilities for roughly 400 vehicles.
The domestic terminal features six check-in counters, two passenger security screening facilities, one restaurant and three coffee shops, eight other shops and a business class lounge.
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe confirmed that the authority is excited about the launch of Ethiopian Airlines’ services in 2017. Ethiopian Airlines will introduce flights into Victoria Falls International Airport from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from March 2017. The route is expected to be serviced by either an Airbus 350 or a Boeing 787.
The travel industry is very excited by the opening of the new Victoria Falls International Airport as well as the newly secured airline as this opens many new possibilities not only for tour operators through new markets, but also for travelers wishing to visit Southern Africa as a destination.
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.