Botswana set to issue visa on arrival to boost tourism

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In a bid to attract international tourists towards boosting socioeconomic activities and support development of Botswana, the country is ready to start issuing visa on arrival.

The more relaxed system, starting from 24th November, 2018, will allow tourists to arrive into the nation without having to apply for a visa.

Botswana also aims to use the new visa on arrival regime to improve the ease of doing business in the country.

The news that visitors will apply for visas at point of entry was announced by the country’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi.

“President Masisi made the announcement when addressing the 45th meeting of the High Level Consultative Council (HLCC) last Thursday in Gaborone.” Thabang Botshoma, the nation’s Deputy Permanent in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation, and Tourism, confirmed.

The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration, and Gender Affairs is also currently amending the rules regarding visitors in Botswana.

The African Union (AU) aims to remove visa requirements for African citizens travelling across the continent.

The AU created a deadline for 2018 for all requirements to replaced across all countries in Africa. However, a recent report released by the union reveals that only 22% of nations on the continent allow visitors without visas.

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