Messages for U.S. Citizens
Occasionally the Embassy will distribute messages for U.S. citizens in Botswana. These messages usually contain time sensitive information vital to your safety and wellbeing. If you provided an email address when you registered with the Embassy, you will automatically receive these messages.
If you have not already registered online with the embassy, we encourage you to do so with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It only takes a few minutes to create an account which can be updated whenever and wherever you travel.
March 11, 2016: U.S. Embassy Gaborone has been informed by local authorities that the security situation that occurred earlier in the day at the Government Enclave has normalized. Please refer all questions to the local authorities.
March 11, 2016: There is currently a security situation unfolding in the Government Enclave. Local authorities are responding to the situation. Please avoid the general Government Enclave area, which includes the U.S. Embassy, until further notice. Read more... »
December 9, 2015 - The U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana would like to remind U.S. citizens in Botswana of the following security risks and practices as we enter the holiday season. While this information is specific to Gaborone, the same practices and vigilance are worth keeping in mind in other areas of the country as well. Read More »
The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated January 9, 2015.
South Africa issued new immigration regulations effective on June 1, 2015. The following guidance is based on those regulations. All travelers should visit the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website and check the latest requirements with the nearest South African embassy or consulate before traveling. If traveling by air, you may also wish to consult your airline. Read more »
U.S. citizens living abroad face a host of challenges, but no matter where we live, we are wise to be prepared for emergency situations that can result from natural disasters, technological & accidental hazards, terrorist attacks, social unrest, pandemics, or other reasons. Read more »
The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated October 10, 2014. Read more »
The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. This Travel Alert expires on March 19, 2015. Read More »
The South African Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will postpone enforcement of new immigration regulations requiring minor children to travel with unabridged birth certificates and parental affidavits of consent until June 1, 2015. Read more »
On August 12, the Government of Botswana announced a travel ban for all non-Botswana citizens traveling from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, as a measure to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. Read more »
Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Follow these simple steps »
As a result of newly issued South African immigration regulations, the Department of State has updated the "Entry, Exit, & Visa Requirements" information for South Africa on Travel.State.Gov. The changes are significant and we urge all U.S. citizens contemplating travel to or transiting through South Africa, to read this information carefully. Highlights of the update follow. Read more »
For more information about travel to Botswana please visit the State Department's Country Specific Travel page for Botswana. Read more »
Voting in 2016 Elections
VOTING IN 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS
Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2016 U.S. elections:
- 1. Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2016 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2016 elections. The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.
You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature. If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.
- 2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
- 3. Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.
You can drop your ballot envelope at the U.S. Embassy Consular Section during our American Citizens Services hours and we will send them to the United States via diplomatic pouch. It must bear sufficient postage.
ACS hours are Mondays 9am – 12pm, Thursdays 1:30pm – 4:00pm, and Fridays 9:00am – 12pm.
If it’s more convenient for you, you can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (firstname.lastname@example.org). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.
Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy Gaborone Voting Assistance Officer at 373-2322 or at email@example.com.
Remember, your vote counts!