This page shows COVID-19 guidelines for Botswana, but please check local government advice before making any decisions.
Please Note: We provide help with COVID specific requirements to clients who have booked a safari with us only.
Before arriving:
  • All travellers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival.  The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, with the sample collected within 72 hours of boarding your flight to Zambia. Before arriving in Zambia, passengers are required to submit their COVID-19 test certificates to generate a Trusted Travel (TT) code. Visit PanaBios to create a TT account, upload PCR test certificates, and generate a TT code.
  • All Travellers must complete a Traveller Health Questionnaire before arriving or on arrival.
On arrival:
  • Presentation of Covid-19 PCR negative certificate and the Travel Health Questionnaire.
  • Temperature & health screening.
  • Travellers arriving from high risk countries are required to undergo a PCR test at own cost. If the test result is positive, travellers will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Travellers who transit through high risk countries are not considered high risk if the transit time is less than 24 hours. The list of high risk countries is reviewed and updated regularly.
PCR Testing:
  • PCR Testing can be done in Lusaka with a turnaround of about 48 hours.
  • Some camps and lodges in South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi allow for a nurse to be flown in for testing right at your camp. Results will be emailed for presentation at the airport.  Costs range from USD 350 – USD 400 per person. This usually needs to be pre-arranged and you should contact your tour operator or lodge in advance.
  • Testing can also be done at Mfuwe by a local doctor at the cost of USD 250 per person.  Results are available within 48 hours.
  • Testing can also be done at the Livingstone Teaching Hospital at an approximate cost of USD 250 per person.  Results are available within 48 hours.
For departure:
  • There is no specific requirement for exit of Zambia, however it is likely your home country or next travel country will require a test.  In addition, many airlines also require testing and you should consult their websites for the requirements.
Vaccinated passengers:
  • There is currently no exemption to the rules for fully vaccinated passengers.