BOTSWANA

VISA REQUIRED

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DESTINATION: BOTSWANA
PURPOSE OF TRIP: BUSINESS

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IMPORTANT

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  • VISA VALIDITY

Up to 3 months, single entry / Up to 3 months, multiple entry.

All visa issuance is subject to consular discretion. 

  • EMBASSY WEEKLY CLOSURE

The High Commission of Botswana in London is closed on Thursdays and Fridays for all matters – this can impact collection of approved applications / processing times. 

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(REVIEW PROCESS) / RECEIPT OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS:

BOTSWANA BUSINESS VISA REQUIREMENTS

Original passport. This must:

  • be valid for at least six months beyond your intended entry date
  • have at least one blank visa page

Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:

  • be taken within the last month
  • be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
  • show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

DO NOT ATTACH THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE APPLICATION FORM

Signed and fully completed original application form. Please see attached: Botswana – Visa Application Form

This must be completed in black ink and block capitals. 

Signed and completed original letter of support from your home employer. This must be signed by a member of your HR, or a member of your management team. If the latter, this person must be at least a manager grade and/or at least the same grade as yourself, and must be aware of your trip.

Please see template attached: Botswana – Business support letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the ”The High Commission of Botswana in London”.
  • Letter needs to be on home employer headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the home employer
  • Purpose of visit
  • People / places and organisation to be visited, with contact numbers
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Start date of employment and job title 
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Botswana
  • Validity of visa applied for
  • A guarantee to meet maintenance expenses 
  • Medical insurance undertaking (if applicable) 

Clear colour copy of signed and completed invite letter from your inviting company. Please see template attached: Botswana – Invite letter

Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the “The High Commission of Botswana in London”.
  • Letter needs to be on inviting company headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the inviting company
  • Purpose of visit
  • People / places and organisation to be visited, with contact numbers
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Job title and name of employer
  • Passport number, DOB and place of birth
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Botswana
  • Validity of visa applied for
  • A guarantee to meet maintenance and accommodation expenses whilst in Azerbaijan
  • Medical insurance undertaking (if applicable) 

Clear colour copy of valid flight booking and travel itinerary. 

Clear colour copy of hotel confirmation or full contact details of host in Botswana. 

Clear colour copies of your employer’s trade license/company registration OR certificate of incorporation OR share certificate.

Valid proof of UK residence. This must be presented as your valid UK residency visa in your passport / in the form of a valid UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. A clear colour copy is acceptable.

 This must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended entry date.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Furthermore, the consular fees are fixed in Botswanan Pula but payable in British pounds. The exact amount charged may therefore vary due to currency fluctuation.

Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Up to 4 weeks service:

Up to 3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£160.00 excl. VAT
£110.00 incl. VAT

Up to 3 months, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

160.00 excl. VAT
£110.00 incl. VAT

OKAVANGO DELTA

  BOTSWANA
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OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a very large, swampy inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Each year, about 11 cubic kilometres (2.6 cu mi) of water spread over the 6,000–15,000 km2 (2,300–5,800 sq mi) area. Some flood waters drain into Lake Ngami. The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that mostly dried up by the early Holocene. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, is on the eastern side of the Delta. The Delta was named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on February 11, 2013, in Arusha, Tanzania. On 22 June 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Okavango is produced by seasonal flooding. The Okavango River drains the summer (January–February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1,200 km (750 mi) in around one month. The waters then spread over the 250 by 150 km (155 by 93 mi) area of the delta over the next four months (March–June). The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

7 business days service:

Global visaz service fees:
£160.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees: see attachment here (by nationality and visa validity)

ST MARTIN'S ISLAND

  BAY OF BENGAL
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ST MARTIN'S ISLAND

St. Martin's Island is a small island (area only 8 km2) in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. There is a small adjoining island that is separated at high tide, called Chera Dwip. It is about 8 kilometres (5 miles) west of the northwest coast of Myanmar, at the mouth of the Naf River. The first settlement started 250 years ago by Arabian sailors who named the island 'Jazeera'. During British occupation the island was named St. Martin Island. During the First Anglo-Burmese War between the British and Burmese empires in 1824–1826, rival claims to the island were a major factor. The local names of the island are "Narikel jinjira" which means 'Coconut Island' in Bengali, and "Daruchini Dwip" which means "Cinnamon island" in Bengali. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh.It is also the southernmost part among Extreme Points of Bangladesh. Most of the island's approximately 3,700 inhabitants live primarily from fishing. The other staple crops are rice and coconut. Being very common on the island, algae are collected, dried, and exported to Myanmar. Between October and April, the fishermen from neighboring areas bring their caught fishes to the island's temporary wholesale market. However, imports of chicken, meat and other foods come in from the mainland Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma). As the centre and the south are mainly farmland and makeshift huts, most of the permanent structures are around the far north. During the rainy season, because of the dangerous conditions on the Bay of Bengal, the inhabitants have no scope to go to the mainland (Teknaf) and their life can become dangerous. There is a hospital on the island, but in the past there has often been no doctor.