Botswana is 70% covered by the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is the size of Texas but is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana is a prime tourist location due to its safari destination offering some of the best wildlife viewing. Popular attractions to visit are: Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Tsoldilo Hills, and much more. If you are looking for unlimited wildlife, wetland landscapes, history and culture, Botswana is the perfect destination.
Italian visitors to Botswana will be required to show a passport upon arrival. The passport must show an expiration date at least six months beyond the estimated day of departure. Visas are not required to enter Botswana as long as the traveller stays no more than 90 days. If the planned stay is over 90 days, a tourist visa, working visa or student visa will be required. It is important to keep in mind that even if you present all of the documentation needed, Botswana authorities still have the final say about entry into the country. Children may be subject to additional requirements.
There is not an Italian Embassy in Botswana therefore Italians who wish to visit the country should first get in contact with the nearest Embassy in Lusaka - Zambia. Make contact with the office before departing from Italy and confirm with the office upon arrival in Lusaka. This will give the office the ability to relay important information about security and safety within the country. Travellers to Botswana should be sure to carry the address of the consulate’s office with them at all times as they move throughout the country.
Italian Embassy in Lusaka
Plot 5211 Embassy Park, Diplomatic Triangle
Lusaka P.O. Box 50497
tel.: +260 (0)21 1 250781/55
Visit the Italian Embassy website prior to your departure to confirm the correct details for Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Botswana.
Crimes like pickpocketing and theft are on the rise in Botswana. Travellers are advised to not venture out after dark and to not show any signs of affluence. It is also recommended that visitors make a copy of their passport, as passport thefts have also been on the rise.
Demonstrations are possible in Botswana, and they have the potential to become violent with a history of shutting down public transport and streets. In major cities, roads are typically good. Road travel can be dangerous, however, when venturing outside of those cities. People and roaming livestock can slow travellers down, and conditions can be very harsh. Wild animals can also pose a risk in Botswana. Travellers should not go into any water as crocodiles and hippopotami can be a great dangers. If you do travel out in the wilderness, only travel with a guide, and never go out at night since nocturnal predators like lions, leopards and hyenas are often hunting.
Public transportation is virtually nonexistent in Botswana, although buses are available for long distance travel out of the country. General road conditions are decent in the cities, but can be hazardous elsewhere. If travelling into the deserts or other wildlife areas, either hire a guide or make plenty of advanced preparations.
Average temperatures in Botswana may vary depending on the region of your stay, so be sure to consider each area you plan to visit and pack clothing and skin and eye protectants that will adequately shield you from the effects of both regular and hazardous weather conditions.
Health Alerts for Botswana
May '16 – According to the CDC, annual vaccination against seasonal influenza is recommended for all people 6-months of age and older. Globally, influenza activity is low in most regions. In North America, influenza activity continues to decrease. In Europe, influenza activity continues to decrease in most countries. In northern Africa and the Middle East, influenza activity continues to decrease or remained low in most countries; however activity remained high in Jordan and Turkey. In the temperate countries of Asia, influenza activity continued to decrease, but continues to remain high in the Republic of Korea. In tropical countries of the Americas, influenza activity remains low in most countries. In tropical Asia, influenza activity began to decline in India but continued to decrease in southern China and Hong Kong SAR. In tropical Africa, influenza activity increased in western Africa, however Madagascar reported declining influenza activity. Lastly, in the southern hemisphere influenza activity remains at inter-seasonal levels.
Sources Include: International Society for Infectious Diseases, Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.