LATEST UPDATE (8 December 2017):
The Botswana Tourism Organisation has stopped the introduction of a $30 (€27) tourism development levy.
LATEST UPDATE (31 May 2017):
The Botswana Tourism Organisation has put on hold the implementation of the tourism development levy, which was scheduled to go into effect on June 1 this year.
An announcement on a new date is expected in two weeks.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Purpose of the Levy
According to Botswana Tourism, the objective of the levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development. The funds raised will support the growth of the industry, broaden the tourism base and thus improve the lives of the people of Botswana.
How much is the levy and where is it collected?
The $30 (€27) levy is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts. Please note: Children aged nine years and younger will be exempt from this levy.
How is the payment done?
Payments will be processed through electronic payment machines, cash, debit and credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to immigration officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will be valid for a 30-day period and can be used for multiple entry.