Botswana Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Botswana, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
Make sure you know about Botswana’s medical care and safety and security tips.
A beautiful sunset in Botswana

Botswana presents a variety of touristic attractions: unforgettable safaris in the heart of Southern Africa, vast expanses of desert covered with scrub savannas, salt marshes, welcoming populations and fascinating cultural traditions. Pure unparalleled nature occupies a significant 40% of this well-preserved country. Its national parks and reserves are home to many wild plant and animal species that you will not encounter anywhere else in southern Africa – you should undoubtedly treat yourself to a safari in the heart of the desert. Proud of their traditions, the people of Botswana will be proud to share their ancestral culture and national ceremonies.

Recommended travel vaccinations for Botswana

Vaccine Disease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrhea Contaminated water/food
Cholera
Typhoid
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B Contaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
Rabies Infected Animals
Yellow Fever Mosquito bites

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Botswana

Medication Additional Information
Azithromycin/Suprax Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine Recommended anti-malaria medication

 

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Don’t know what vaccines you need or what medications to bring? Schedule an online appointment with our team and we will make sure you understand everything you need to know

RSS Advisory From The Government Of Canada


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Current Weather in Botswana

GABORONE WEATHER

Medical Care in Botswana

Among the other countries in southern Africa, Botswana is a model country for public health. The government is trying every means to provide the entire population with quality access to treatment. Public hospitals have been renovated and appear to be well equipped. Medical staff are also trained regularly. Despite undeniable successes, we can see that institutions still have additional improvements to make. Moreover, the lack of qualified personnel forces the country to recruit doctors, nurses and pharmacists from South Africa, Europe and Cuba. Gaborone Private Hospital, Princess Marina Hospital and Medical Rescue International are some of the most popular hospitals for travelers.

Most of the medicines sold in Gaborone are manufactured in South Africa. Note that it is not possible to access all European and American drugs in Botswana.

To call a public ambulance, dial 997. However, if you want a private ambulance with a much more rapid service, contact the Medical Rescue International (MRI) at 992.


Or call  888- 488-5617

Is Botswana Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Caution required outside major centres
Public transportation Safe and reliable
National parks and wildlife Click the link below for precautions
Risk level Normal security precautions

Please click here for more information.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Botswana?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Only a passport is required to enter Botswana for trips under 90 days. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure. A visa is required for longer trips.

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Embassy of Canada to Botswana information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Zimbabwe (HARARE)
Street Address:
45 Baines Avenue,
Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel.: +263 (024) 2 252-181 or
+263 (024) 2 252-182 or
+263 (024) 2 252-183 or
+263 (024) 2 252-184 or
+263 (024) 2 252-185 or
if calling from a landline in Harare, dial 2 252-181
Fax: +263 (24) 2 252-186

Email: Hrare-cs@international.gc.ca

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian Embassy in Zimbabwe. There is no Canadian government office in Botswana.

Click here to access the embassy’s website