Yes - A visa is required for travel to Botswana

Friday, August 14, 2020

A valid passport and visa (Residence Permit) are required for Missionary work in Botswana


Passport Requirements:

Original plus notarized copy of signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Botswana, with at least one blank passport page available for Botswana visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Botswana visas.


Botswana Visa Application Form:

One Botswana visa application form (form number 15, Residence Permit) per applicant. After placing your order, fill out the application form included in your Visa Application Kit.


Photo Requirements:

Two recent, identical, 2 x 2 passport photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.


Other Forms:

A notarized application letter, including your complete name (as in passport), citizenship, and passport number. The letter must outline the applicant’s purpose of travel to Botswana, the length of stay in Botswana, name of places to be visited, contact information in Botswana, and accommodation information.


Business Cover Letter:

Notarized letter from the church or sponsor in the US, on official letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicant’s status/position held in the church, clearly stating the purpose of visit to Botswana. The letter must also indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant and must provide detailed contact information in Botswana. Included must be a notarized copy of the registration certificate of the church and a notarized copy of the theology certificate or pastoral education certificate of the applicant.

The Consulate of Botswana requires an official business letter to support your application. To generate a Botswana Business Cover Letter on-line, simply request this service and provide your information using the simple online form in your Visa Application Kit, which you will receive once you place your order.


Proof of Travel Arrangements:

Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or a travel agency or copy of airline ticket showing entry and departure from Botswana.


Hotel Confirmation:

You must provide a copy of your hotel confirmation


Applicants Under the Age of 18:

Notarized copies of birth certificates for minors traveling together with Missionary.


Medical Requirements:

One completed Form 3 - Medical Report.


Other Requirements:

Notarized ordination certificate and notarized copy of marriage certificate (if applicable).

Visa Processing Time:

Approval must be received from the government in Botswana in order for this visa to be issued. Processing time will vary depending on when the approval is received by the consulate. Visas are usually processed in a minimum of 21 business days.

Register your trip with the US Embassy:

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa register your trip with the US Department of State; simply complete the form on your visa application kit after placing your order.

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

How to Apply for a Visa to Botswana

  • Review the requirements to apply for your visa
  • Gather your documents and complete the forms
  • Ship your documents to our office

Where to Apply for Your Botswana Visa

Travisa - Washington, DC
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 877-876-3266