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Botswana set to launch e-visa services in 2021

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The Botswana government announced a shift to e-visa services effective May 2021. The government of Botswana is launching a new visa system to make the application process simpler, safer, and more efficient.

The launch of the Botswana eVisa is timely, applying online is the safest way to obtain a Botswana visa during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as face-to-face contact can be avoided. This will be very important in the coming year as foreign travel to other countries has resumed.

“We wish to inform you that 100 percent e-visa will be launched from May 2021. Therefore all passengers from countries that require e-visa to enter Botswana shall be required to apply and obtain an e-visa online,”

said President Masisi on the State of Nation Address

The latest move comes as airports across the world are upgrading their technological solutions to ensure biometric check-ins of travelers in the near future.

To obtain the Botswana eVisa, eligible travellers are required to submit an online application form. Passport information and a few personal details are needed to successfully complete the request. Supporting documents can simply be uploaded digitally, with no need to present paperwork in person at an embassy or visa application centre. Applicants pay the visa fees securely online using a credit or debit card. The entire process can be completed from home and all notification and correspondence will be sent to the applicant by email. In addition, once approved the visa is sent directly to the applicant by email.

More details about the new Botswana eVisa are expected in the coming weeks and months including the full list of eligible countries and processing fee. Anyone hoping to go to Botswana in the near future should check their eligibility and all the latest updates and information provided by the Botswana government before making travel arrangements.

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