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Botswana Travel Requirements for Minors

Children under 18 travelling to Botswana alone or with their parents or guardians need to adhere to these regulations

The government of Botswana in 2016 issued new regulations similar to those imposed in South Africa regarding the travel of children under the age of 18 through the ports of entry:

1. In addition to having a valid passport with valid visa (if applicable), children under the age of 18 are required to present a certified copy of their unabridged birth certificate, which is one the shows the particulars of a minor and those of the parents.
2. If the child is travelling with only one of his/her parents, they must have an affidavit from the other parent allowing the travel of the child in their absence. However, in the instance that one of the child's parents is not named on the birth certificate, an affidavit is not required.

These are the basic rules, but of-course there are always exceptions and special situations, so the simple rules above will need more clarity.

In the table below, you will find more specific information for different circumstances:

DESCRIPTION

REQUIREMENTS

Minor travelling with both parents • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
Minor travelling with one parent • Valid passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)

NOTE: In the case of single parents, where only one parent’s particulars appear on the Unabridged Birth Certificate, a consent letter is not required. In the case where parents were never married but both parents’ particulars appear on the Unabridged Birth Certificate, a consent Affidavit by a non-travelling parent administered by any Commissioner of Oath is required.
Minor travelling with one parent who is divorced or legally separated and who has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights (previously called ―sole custody) or full legal guardianship in respect of the minor • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
• Court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights (previously called sole custody) or full legal guardianship in respect of the minor.
Minor travelling with one parent who is divorced or legally separated and who has been granted specific parental responsibilities and rights (previously called ―joint custody) or legal guardianship in respect of the minor • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
• Court order granting specific parental responsibilities and rights (previously called joint custody) or joint legal guardianship in respect of the minor;
• Parental Consent Affidavit from the remaining parent is required.

NOTE: Where the accompanying parent presents a Parental Consent Affidavit and both parents’ names on the Unabridged Birth Certificate correspond with the names on the Parental Consent Affidavit and the travelling parent’s passport, a court order granting specific parental responsibilities and rights or joint legal guardianship may be dispensed with.
Minor travelling with widow or widower parent • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
• Death certificate of the deceased parent
Orphaned minor where no formal order of guardianship or adoption has been granted as yet • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Letter of Special Circumstances from the Department of Social Services.
Minor accompanied by a person who is not his or her biological parent • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents) or Parental Consent Affidavit.

Where a Parental Consent Affidavit is presented:
• Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the minor;
• Contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the minor; and contact details of the person in whose care the minor will be.
Minor accompanied by his or her adoptive parent(s) • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents of the minor reflecting particulars of adoptive parent(s) or a court order confirming the adoption of the minor by the adoptive parent(s) accompanying him or her.

NOTE: Where only one of the adoptive parents is travelling with the minor or where such a minor is travelling unaccompanied, the Parental Consent Affidavit will still be required by the absent adoptive parent(s) or in the case of a deceased adoptive parent, a copy of such parent’s death certificate.
Unaccompanied Minor • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
• Parental Consent Affidavit administered by any Commissioner of Oath
• Letter from the person who is to receive the minor at the destination, containing his or her residential address and contact details where the minor will be residing;
• Copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the minor at the destination;
• Contact details of the parents or legal guardian.
Child in alternative care e.g foster care • Valid Passport;
• Valid visa, if required;
• Letter from the Department of Social Development where the child resides authorising his or her departure from the Botswana.

You can visit your nearest Botswana embassy if you need further clarification. See the list of embassies around the world below:

Botswana Embassies Worldwide

Australia
High Commission of Botswana in Canberra, Australia
130 DENISON STREET
P.O BOX 3812, MANUKA ACT 2603, DEAKIN ACT 2600
CANBERRA
TEL: (+612) 6234 7500
FAX: (+612) 6282 4140
WEBSITE: http://www.botswanahighcom.org.au
EMAIL: botaus-info@gov.bw

Australia
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Brisbane, Australia
Apt 602, The Grosvenor 12 Edward Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
TEL: (+61) 7 3210 1986, (+61) 419 705 846
FAX: (+61) 7 3210 1987
EMAIL: botqld@bigpond.com
Australia
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Melbourne
48 Lumeah Road, Caulfield
Victoria 3161
TEL: (+61) 3 9532 8066
FAX: (+61) 3 9533 0856
EMAIL: goldberg@bigpond.net.au
Australia
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Perth, Australia
223 Vincent Street, P.O. Box 256
Leederville
Western Australia 6005
TEL: (+61) 8 9227 5538, (+61) 410 408 370
FAX: (+61) 8 9227 5540
WEBSITE: http://www.botswanawa.com
EMAIL: ppathak@phoenixacademy.com.au

Australia
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Sydney
3 Spring Street, GPO Box 4216
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
TEL: (+61) 2 8249 4428
FAX: (+61) 2 8249 4001
EMAIL: ian@daymond.com.au

Austria
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Vienna
Linke Wienzeile 4
1060 Wien
TEL: (+43) (1) 587 96 16
FAX: (+43) (1) 587 34 32
EMAIL: meixner@meixner.com
Belgium
Embassy of Botswana in Brussels
and Mission of the European Union
169 Avenue de Tervuren, B 1150 Brussels, Woluwe Siant Pierre
TEL: (+322) 735 2070 / 735 6110
FAX: (+322) 735 6318 /732 7264
EMAIL: boer@gov.bw

Brazil
Embassy of Botswana in Brasilia
Shis QI 09, Conjunto 16, Casa 03, Lago Sul, Brasillia-DF
TEL: (+5561) 3120 1250/ 1
FAX: +5561)3120 1271
China
Embassy of Republic of Botswana in Beijing
No.1 Don San Jie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600
TEL: (+8610) 65326898
FAX: (+8610) 65326896
EMAIL: botchin@gov.bw

China
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Hong Kong
Room 821A, 8th floor Star House 3 Salisbury Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon
TEL: (+852) 2366 9978
FAX: (+852) 2366 9832
Cyprus
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Limasso
Visionshire Building Manoli Kalomiri & Marikas Kotopouli
Suite 201 , P.O. Box 50514, 3606 Limassol
TEL: (+357) 25 344 525
FAX: (+357) 25 343 044
EMAIL: consulbotswana@cytanet.com.cy

Czech Republic
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Prague
Filmarske 19/1153
152 00 Praha 5
TEL: (+420) 737 238 288
FAX: (+420) 556 709 123, (+420) 242 488 823
EMAIL: petra.zitnikova@cereinvest.cz; gijs.boot@cereinvest.cz
Denmark
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Copenhagen
Perle Alle 2
3500 Verlese
TEL: (+45) 4035 4742
EMAIL: rrs@bechbruun.com

Ethiopia
Embassy of Botswana in Addis Ababa
Old Airport, K.04, Nifas Silk Lafto Kifle Ketema
P.O. Box 22282, 1000 Addis Ababa
TEL: (+251 11) 371 5422/3
FAX: (+251 11) 371 4099
Finland
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Helsinki
Annankatu 11, B 00120
TEL: (+358) 9-612 6363, (+358) 50-363 5334
FAX: (+358) 9-6126 3610
EMAIL: office@nordstromhospital.fi

France
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Paris
88, avenue dIena
75116 Paris
TEL: (+33) 1 47.20.08.23
FAX: (+33) 1 47.20.42.58
Germany
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Berlin
Bregenzer Strasse 1, 10707 Berlin
TEL: (+49) 30 393 731 47
FAX: (+49) 30 223 999 80
EMAIL: reitmaier@gmail.com

Germany
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Hamburg
Steinheft 5-7
Hamburg 20459
TEL: (+49) 40 732 61 91
FAX: (+49) 40 732 85 06
Germany
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Munich
Theresienhehe 12, 80339 Munchen
TEL: (+49) 89 839 307 29 23 23
EMAIL: botswana-munich@web.de
Iceland
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Reykjavik
Strokkur Energy ehf., Selfoss Frekirkjuvegi 3
TEL: (+354) 820 5000
FAX: (+354) 568 0645
EMAIL: eythor@strokkur.is

India
High Commission of Botswana in New Delhi,
Plot F8/3, Vasant, Vihar, New Dehli – 110057
TEL: (+91) 11 4653 7000
FAX: (+91) 11 4603 6191
India
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Mumbai
405, Dharam Palace 100-103, N.S. Patkar Marg, Mumbai 400 007
TEL: (+91) 22 2363 8002
FAX: (+91) 22 2369 2525
EMAIL: vishal.doshi@shrenuj.com

Italy
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Rome
Via di Ripetta, 258, 00186 Roma
TEL: (+39) 06 3215063
FAX: (+39) 06 3215063
EMAIL: doberoma@tin.it
Italy
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Treviso
Via Erizzo, 107/A, 1035 Crocetta del Montello
TEL: (+39) 042 3665244
FAX: (+39) 042 3665154
EMAIL: consobotswana@tin.it

Japan
Embassy of Botswana in Tokyo
6F Kearney Place Shiba, 4-5-10 Shiba
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108 - 0014
TEL: (+813) 5440 5676
FAX: (+813) 5765 7581
WEBSITE: http://www.botswanaembassy.or.jp
EMAIL: botjap@sepia.ocn.ne.jp

Kenya
High Commission of Botswana in Nairobi
Gigiri Drive, off United Natioans Avenue, LR/Block 91/238
P.O. Box 754-00606
TEL: (+254) 20 712 3412/ 4
FAX: (+254) 20 712 3418
EMAIL: botkena@gov.bw
Kuwait
Embassy of Botswana in Kuwait City
Block 3, Street 319, House 3
Mubarak Al Abdulla Al Jaber Area, West Mishref
P.O Box 26145, Code 13122
TEL: (+965) 25383619
FAX: (+965) 25393529

Lebanon
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Beirut
Fabraka Street
Broumana
TEL: (+961) 1 21 88 50, (+961) 4 961 401
FAX: (+961) 4 961 401
EMAIL: hcob.lebanon@gmail.com

Mexico
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Mexico City
Paseo de Tamarindos 400 P.B. Local 6
Bosques de las Lomas
C.P. 05120, Mexico City D.F.
TEL: (+52) 55 5258-0311
FAX: (+52) 55 5258-0308
EMAIL: omars@amparo.com.mx

Mozambique
High Commission of Botswana in Maputo
Rua de Dar es Salaam, No. 141
Sommerschield
TEL: (+258) 2124 3800
FAX: (+258) 2149 4917
EMAIL: botmoz@gov.bw
Namibia
High Commission of Botswana in Windhoek
101 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Klein Windhoek
P.O. Box 20359
TEL: (+264) 61 221 941/2/7
FAX: (+264) 61 23 6034

Netherlands
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 310
1016 EX Amsterdam
TEL: (+31) (20) 420 88 44
EMAIL: mariekesanders@wxs.nl
New Zealand
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Auckland
42 Curran Street
Herne Bay
Auckland 1011
TEL: (+64) 21 633 951
EMAIL: chris.jones@mobilis.com

Nigeria
High Commission of Botswana in Abuja
Plot 1241, Oguta Lake Street (off River Benue Street)
Maitama Extension, Abuja
TEL: (+234) 97 822181/ 782
FAX: (+234) 7034 103 830
EMAIL: botnig@mail.org
Norway
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Oslo
Niels Juels gate 7
0272 Oslo
TEL: (+47) 67 57 10 41, (+47) 454 01 041
FAX: (+47) 22 18 36 95
EMAIL: oky@norconsult.no

Singapore
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Singapore City
15 Beach Road #03-10 Beach Centre
Singapore 189677
TEL: (+65) 6333 0652
FAX: (+65) 6339 0438
EMAIL: guanseng@bakertillytfw.com
South Africa
High Commission of Botswana in Pretoria,
24 Amos Street, Colbyn, Pretoria 0083
P.O.Box 57035, Acadia, 0007
Pretoria
TEL: (+27) 12 430 9640
FAX: (+27) 12 3421845/4783
South Africa
Consulate General of Botswana in Johannesburg
66 Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein, Ground Floor, Jorrisen Place
P.O. Box 32051, Braamfontein, 2017
Johannesburg
TEL: (+27) 11 403 3748
FAX: (+27)11 403 1384 / 4031286

South Korea
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Seoul
774-2, Yongam-li Bongdong-eup
Wanjugun Jeonbuk
Seoul
TEL: (+82) (63) 261-7555
Sweden
Embassy of Botswana in Stockholm
Tyrgatan 11, Box 26024, 100 41 Stockholm
TEL: (+46) 8 545 258 80
FAX: (+46) 8 723 00 87
EMAIL: botstock@gov.bw

Sweden
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Gothenburg
Mester Johansgatan 8, 416 62 Gothenburg
TEL: (+46) 31-19 39 35
FAX: (+46) 31-707 39 58
EMAIL: viveka.lien@arbetsformedlingen.se

Switzerland
Botswana Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva
80, Rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva
TEL: (+4122) 9061060
FAX: (+4122) 9061061
EMAIL: botgen@bluewin.ch
Thailand
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Bangkok
Pin Siam Co., Ltd. 32/9 Moo 5 Phaholyothin Roaf, Khlong-Nueng Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani, Bangkok
TEL: (+66) 2901 8778, (+66) 2901 8338
FAX: (+66) 2901 8757, (+66) 2901 7608
EMAIL: phairush_b@pinsgroup.com   bphairush@yahoo.com
Uganda
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Kampala
Pan Africa House, Plot 3 Kimathi Avenue,5th Floor, Suite 513, P.O.Box 5318, Kampala
TEL: +256-414-232679
FAX: +256-414-259052
EMAIL: maria.odido@beenaturalproducts.com

United Kingdom
High Commission of Botswana in London
6 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AY
TEL: (+44) 207 647 1000
FAX: (44) 207) 495 8595
WEBSITE: www.gov.bw
United States
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Houston
3200 Southwest Freeway, 34th Floor, Houston, Texas 77027
TEL: (+1) (713) 940-4580
FAX: (+1) (713) 940-4545
EMAIL: svvallone@aol.com

United States
Embassy of the Republic of Botswana
1531-1533 New Hampshire Ave., NW,Washington, DC 20036
TEL: (+1)202-244-4990/1
EMAIL: info@botswanaembassy.org
United States
Consulate General of Botswana in Atlanta, Georgia
5580 Queensborough Drive, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30338
TEL: (+1) (202) 669 8776
EMAIL: botswanaconsul@aol.com

United States
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Botswana to the United States
154 East 46th Street, New York, N.Y. 10017
TEL: (+1212) 889 2277
FAX: (+1212) 725 5061
EMAIL: botswana@un.int
United States
Honorary Consulate of Botswana in Houston
3200 Southwest Freeway, 34th Floor , Houston, Texas 77027
TEL: (+1) (713) 940-4580
FAX: (+1) (713) 940-4545
EMAIL: svvallone@aol.com

Zambia
High Commission of Botswana in Lusaka
5201 Pandit Nehru Road, Diplomatic Triangle, P.O.Box 31910, Lusaka
TEL (+260) 211 250555 / 253903 / 250019
FAX (+260) 211 253895/883
Zimbabwe
Embassy of Botswana in Harare
22 Phillips Avenue, Belgravia, P.O.Box 563, Harare
TEL: (+2634) 794 645/7/8
FAX: (+2634) 793 030/ 705 809/ 793 416
EMAIL: botzim@gov.bw


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