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Last verified: Thursday, 21. November 2019 at 07:21 AM

Botswana Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Botswana is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 1.3 / 5

Travelling Botswana is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 3 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.1 / 5

Botswana shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Botswana), the Advisory Index is 2.1 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: South Africa (2.7), Zimbabwe with 2.6 and Namibia with 1.8 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Botswana

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Botswana.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Botswana from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 1.3 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 0 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Botswana.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/botswana-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Det politiska läget i Botswana är lugnt. Allmänna säkerhetsläget är relativt gott men brottsligheten ökar. Undvik att röra dig ensam eller ute då det är mörkt. Normal vaksamhet på sin plats.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/BW

Individual rating changes for Botswana

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Botswana. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Botswana changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Botswana with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Botswana with a rating of 1.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Botswana with a rating of 1.0.

About Botswana

Botswana with its capital Gaborone is a country in Africa (Southern Africa), slightly smaller than Texas (600,370 km²). The country is located Southern Africa, north of South Africa. The climate can be described as semiarid; warm winters and hot summers. The landscape is predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest. With a population of about 1.84 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Gaborone
Population about 1.84 million
Size 600.370 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Texas
Common languages English, Tswana
Currency Pula (short: BWP)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +267
Internet Top Level Domain .bw
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 BW
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 BWA
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 72

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Botswana is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • desertification
  • limited freshwater resources
  • overgrazing

Natural hazzards

  • periodic droughts
  • seasonal August winds blow from the west, carrying sand and dust across the country, which can obscure visibility

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Botswana. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. beef processing
  2. coal
  3. copper
  4. diamonds
  5. iron ore
  6. nickel
  7. potash
  8. salt
  9. silver
  10. soda ash

Agriculture products

  1. beans
  2. groundnuts
  3. livestock
  4. maize
  5. millet
  6. sorghum
  7. sunflowers

Motswana Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Botswana.

Export products

  1. beef
  2. copper
  3. diamonds
  4. nickel
  5. soda ash
  6. textiles

Import products

  1. electrical goods
  2. foodstuffs
  3. fuel
  4. machinery
  5. metal
  6. metal products
  7. paper products
  8. petroleum products
  9. textiles
  10. transport equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Botswana?

Botswana is currently rated at 1,3 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 3 official sources. Travelling Botswana is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Botswana in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Botswana.

How many travel advisories do you know for Botswana?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 3 individual sources for Botswana.

What is the size of Botswana?

Botswana has a size of 600,370 km² or 231,804 mi² which is slightly smaller than Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.