In order to avoid any unnecessary disruptions when travelling to Botswana we are issuing a reminder about the requirements when travelling to Botswana with children.
As of the 1st October 2016 minors, defined as any persons under the age of 18, travelling through the country's borders will be required to produce a certified copy of an unabridged birth certificate, in addition to a valid passport.
Q: What documents are required if both parents are travelling to Botswana with a child?
A: Parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport.
Q. What documents are required if only one parent is travelling to Botswana with a child?
A: In the event that one parent is not traveling with the child, the other parent's affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. Parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and a court order/ death certificate/ affidavit confirming the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father's name does not appear on the child's birth certificate.
Q: What documents are required if a guardian is travelling to Botswana with a child?
A: Guardian must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and a court order/ death certificate/ affidavit confirming the parents have given permission for the child to travel.
Q: What documents are required when an unaccompanied minor is travelling to Botswana?
A: Child must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and affidavit confirming permission to travel from both the parents or legal guardians and letter from person who will receive child in the final destination including their full contact details and a certified copy of their passport or ID.
Further important information when travelling to Botswana with children
* Make sure that you issue all the required documents in your country of residence prior to travel. Please be aware that some countries may require more time to process these documents. So we advise these are applied for well in advance of the date of travel.
* The documents need to be valid for at least 6 months before travelling. Certificates & affidavits older than 6 months at the time of travel will not be valid.
The development which is aimed at managing the movement of children across the country’s borders has the ultimate goal of tackling human trafficking which is a global challenge. Botswana, like other countries, is affected by this problem and as such has enacted the United Nations Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol; which calls upon governments to come up with deliberate measures aimed at combating human trafficking.