Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Botswana: immigration regulations

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BOTSWANA IMMIGRATION REGULATIONS:
We have been advised that Botswana Immigration are now enforcing similar regulations to South Africa, applicable to all minors entering and exiting Botswana. These have apparently been in place for some time, however, they are only starting to really enforce them now to support the regional anti-child trafficking efforts. The key difference between SA and Botswana is that SA requires the unabridged birth certificate while Botswana does not, and Botswana will accept both the original or a certified copy. Botswana Immigration have acknowledged that they have not made this clear enough to date, and are in the process of amending their available documentation plus communicating this message to the public. While we do not have the official updated communication at this time, we would like to forewarn all travellers, so that they can be prepared accordingly.