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.
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 »
The Department of State has issued an updated Worldwide Caution on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. 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 »
December Services Notice
Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited U.S. Citizen Services hours in December
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana wishes to inform all U.S. Citizens that we will only offer routine U.S. Citizen Services by appointment between 8 December 2014 and 5 January 2015. Emergency services will still be provided as needed.
We request that you plan well in advance of travel dates and review your passport expiration dates and the number of blank visa pages to prevent urgent situations during this time period.
To schedule an appointment for U.S. Citizen Services, please send an e-mail request to: ConsularGaborone@State.Gov.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Your consular team sends our warmest wishes to you for the holidays.