Travel Information Botswana
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- CAPITAL Gaborone
- GOVERNMENT Parliamentary republic
- CURRENCY Pula (BWP)
- POPULATION 1,639,833 (July 2006 est.)
- TOTAL AREA 600,370km²
- LANGUAGES English (official), Setswana (official and national)
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Botswana uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+02:00
- LOCATION Botswana is located in Southern Africa
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Sockets & Plugs
Botswana uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type D and Type G.
Botswana uses the Botswana pula (symbol: P), code BWP.
Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 pula. Pula is subdivided into 100 thebes. Coins come in denominations of 5, 2 and 1 pulas and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.
Automatic teller machines are common in Botswana. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Botswana is on average 1.4 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Botswana is low. It is not as easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 751.60 BWP, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Mascom, Orange or BeMobile.
Botswana uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Botswana upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Botswana, dial +, then 267 (the country code for Botswana), then the area code and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Botswana has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- Police 999
- Ambulance 997
- Fire 998
- Mobile phones 112
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
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