Thursday, 25 May 2017

Botswana: Tourism Development levy changes

Botswana Tourism board advised of changes to the new Tourism Development levy that will come into effect on the 1st of June.
CHILDREN AGED NINE YEARS AND YOUNGER
WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE LEVY.

Reminder of the levy details received by our Botswana office follows:
The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation is announcing the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL)
How much is the levy?
Travellers to Botswana will pay USD30.00.

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.
Please note: Children aged nine years and younger will be exempt from this levy.

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.

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