Visa Information


Who is eligible?

All Citizens of Commonwealth countries do not require visa except those from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Foreign nationals whose countries have signed a Visa Abolition Agreement with Botswana are also not required to apply for a visa.
N.B. Those who have permits but decide to stay outside the country for more than six months are required to apply for a visa when they come back to Botswana.



What is required for application of this service?


  • Dully completed application form attached with colored photograph(scanned)
  • Copies of the first two pages of the passport
  • Travel itinerary
  • Hotel bookings/Letter from host
  • Letter of recommendation from the host(If on Business Trip)
  • Application letter(letter explaining trip details)
  • If previously applied for a visa,attach a copy of the outcome



Where can I apply for a visa?

To apply for visa through Botswana Embassy in Japan, kindly pay the visa fee through your bank in your area (5,130JPY for tourist visa and 15,390JPY for business visa) and send scanned documents with a proof of payment  to will be processed and if approved, a notification letter will be sent by an e-mail.


Visa Application Download (PDF, 500KB)


Be advised to use applicant's full names as reference when making visa fee payment. 


Please note that the Embassy does not pay for the sending and receiving of bank commissions ,they are liable to the applicant.Visa fee is non-refundable.

Embassy Bank details are as follows:


Bank name:


Branch Name:

Tamachi Branch

Account Name:

Embassy of Botswana

Account No.:

Savings Account #0696921

Branch Code:





It will take 7-14 working days for the Visa to be processed.



Countries Whose National Require Visa to Enter Botswana

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • DRS-Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Cote Devoire
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea DPR
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan (Kirghizia)
  • Laos PDR
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Mali
  • Madagascar
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen


Commonwealth Countries Whose Nationals Require Visa to Enter Botswana

  • Ghana
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Sri Lanka


Countries Whose Nationals Do Not Require Visa to Enter Botswana

  • Antiqua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea (ROK)
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • United States of America
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe







Electronic Passport Application

The e-passport is the new electronic travel document with machine readable features.



Who can apply for this service?

Any citizen of Botswana who wishes to travel abroad.



What is required to get this service?


  • Original Omang and certified copy of Omang
  • Citizenship certificate of parents and/or owner if parents were once foreign nationals (seek Clarification from Passport and Citizen Officers).
  • Omang details for parent/s as well details of  parent's place of birth
  • For lost passport please bring the police report/ affidavit before the commissioner of oath. The forms are collected by the applicant or parent if under 16 years of age.

NB: Please bring the old passport for replacement applications



  • Original birth certificate and certified copy of birth certificate
  • Parent’s original Omang
  • Guardian original Omang (in case of deceased parents)
  • Death certificate of deceased parent(s) in case of guardian applying for the child
  • Letter from District Commissioner, Chief or Social Worker for proof of guardianship (in case of deceased parent(s)
  • Please bring the old passport for replacement
  • Citizenship certificate of parents and/or owner (registration) if parents were once foreign nationals (seek clarification from Passport and Citizen Officers)

NB: Please bring the child along for passport.



How much do I pay for this service?

For new applications and replacement applications, the following charges apply;
For people below 16 years of age;

  • P100

For people older than 16 years of age;

  • P260


For lost passport applications, the following charges apply;
For people below 16 years of age;

  • P1100

For people older than 16 years of  age;

  • P1260



How long does it take to replace a passport?

Passport takes 5 working days to process.



Where can I apply for a passport?

Botswana Embassy in Japan



How do I get access to Passport Application form?

You will have to fill in the form in office in the presence of the officer assisting you and this is done so because of security reasons. The form cannot be taken out of office.



Can I apply for the Electronic Emergency Travel Document (E-ETD) while waiting for my passport?

Yes, especially if there is need to travel within a very short period of time.



What do I need to get an e-ETD?


  • Original Omang and certified copy of Omang
  • Citizenship certificate of parents and/or owner if parents were once foreign nationals (seek clarification from Passport and Citizen Officers)



  • Original birth certificate and certified copy of birth certificate
  • Citizenship certificate of parents and/or owner (registration) if parents were once foreign nationals (seek clarification from Passport and Citizen Officers).



How much does it cost?




Where can I get it?

At any immigration office countrywide.
NB: Emergency travel documents are for emergencies only and will not be issued out except in cases of emergencies such as medical reasons.








What is a National Identity Card?

It is a  document that is used to show that one is a citizen of the Republic of Botswana. It is requirement by law that every Motswana above the age of 16  have one. This card is also commonly known as Omang.



Who qualifies for this service?

Every citizen of Botswana above the age of 16.



What do I need to apply for the service?

  • Yourself.
  • Birth Registration certificate.

If you do not have a birth certificate:

  • Yourself.
  • Both or one of your parents or a guardian or a relative if you are a minor.
  • An Affidavit in lieu of a Birth Certificate.
  • An Affidavit from the Chief or Headman.
  • Any other proof of records (e.g. school transcripts).



How much does it cost to apply for Omang?

The first issue of application is free.

A fee of P5.00 is paid for ;

  • an expired identity cards (after 10 years)
  • an application due to change of name


A fee of P110.00 is paid for;

  • a lost, destroyed/damaged identity card.


A National Identity Card is valid for 10 years. In case of replacements, the old card should be surrendered to the Civil and National Registration Officer.



How do I apply for Omang when I have naturalized citizenship?

Bring Citizenship Registration certificate.

NB: The Registrar may require any other information that s/he may deem necessary to prove a person’s qualification for registration.



Where can I apply for my National Identity Card?

Applications can be done at Botswana Embassy in Japan.



How long does it take to get the Omang ready?

14 days



Can one send someone else to collect him/her Omang?

It is not allowed to collect another person’s card unless where there are convincing reasons for which one is obliged to authorize, in writing, someone to collect an ID on their behalf. The individual will also sign a proxy form.



Where can I get the forms for Omang?

Omang forms are issued during the application process because these are security documents.







Travel Notification

Notification form for Batswana travelling to Japan, Philippines, Thailand and South Korea:







Registration of Nationals

Why should I register?

Botswana citizens living in Japan are urged to register with the embassy. Registration will allow you to receive emails about events and announcements.


Registration of Nationals Online Form


Registration of Nationals Download (PDF, 200KB)


Embassy of Botswana

6F, UNIZO  Shiba Yonchome Bldg, 4-5-10 Shiba, Minato-ku Tokyo, Japan

Tel: 81-3-5440-5676
Fax: 81-3-5765-7581

Registration of Nationals