Gaborone Intl Airport, Botwana
Gaborone Intl Airport, Botwana

Published on May 03 2017
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Botswana’s new tourism levy


  • The new Botswana tourism levy goes into effect on 1 June 2017
  • Residents and citizens of SADC member states are exempt from paying the levy
  • Funds will be used for conservation

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organization has introduced an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL).The levy will be used to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development.

How much does the Botswana tourism levy cost?

The levy goes into effect on 1 June 2017 and is $30 US.  Visitors can pay for the levy at the ports of entry through cash (US Dollars), and, at major border crossing and international airports, through electronic payment machines, debit or credit card, too. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the passport holder. The receipt is valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.

Who must pay the new tourism levy?

All visitors to Botswana in exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states are required to pay the new $30 levy.

The 15 member states of the SADC are:

Angola Botswana DR Congo
Lesotho Madagascar Malawi
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia
Seychelles South Africa Swaziland
Tanzania Zambia Zimbabwe

Planning a safari in Botswana?

You might wish to read more on these parks and attractions in Botswana.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Chobe National Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Mashatu Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve

Nxai Pan National Park

The Okavango Delta 

Sources and credits

Rovos Rail Tours

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