Botswana to Reopen Borders; International Flights Resume December 1

a birds-eye view of the Okavango Delta with savanna and a river
Okavango Delta, Botswana // Photo by evenfh/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

The president of Botswana announced this week the opening of the country’s borders from November 9. The President’s phased approach saw domestic air travel resume at Botswana’s three key airports: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Kasane Airport and Maun Airport.

International air travel will then follow, resuming from December 1 at Phillip Gaonwe Matante International Airport in Francistown, as well as the opening of ground crossings at the commercial border points of Kazungula Road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma Ramokgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo.

All arriving travelers will be expected to meet the following requirements:

  1. Present a valid 72-hour negative COVID-19 PCR result from time of departure
  2. Be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry
  3. Undertake mandatory testing, possible isolation and quarantine if they are symptomatic
  4. Be in contact with local health authorities for 14 days

Returning citizens not meeting the requirements will need to undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine and testing, while non-citizen travelers will not be permitted entry into Botswana.

Good to know: Xigera Safari Lodge is set to open its doors to guests for the first time in January 2021. Located on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve, Xigera will be part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. The lodge will have 12 individually designed suites, including one two-bedroom family suite situated on two islands. Each suite will float above the water, allowing wildlife to pass uninterruptedly beneath.

The lodge will sleep a maximum of 24 guests, ensuring a personalized safari, with no set times or itineraries. Experiences can include glass-bottom mokoro excursions on the Okavango Delta’s waterways, game drives and the first Tata Harper spa in Africa. 

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