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Botswana

Capital
Gaborone
Time Zone
GMT + 2
Telephone Services
Country Code: 267
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police - 351161
Tourist Information
Dept of Tourism, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Private Bag, 0047, Gaborone, Botswana Tel: 353 024 or 313 314 Fax: 308 675
Passport Information
A valid passport is required by all and must be valid for 6 months. Return ticket required. May be subject to change at short notice. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa Information
No information available at present.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria: Falciparum variety present.
Other Health Risks: Rabies; Bilharzia; Cholera; Rabies; Ticks; Sleeping sickness present.
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
Pula (P) = 100 thebes Note: Export of local currency is limited to P500.
Credit cards are accepted on a limited basis. Travellers cheques are accepted, but the surcharge may be high.
ATM availability: 27 locations.
Cost of Living
Comparable with western Europe.
Languages
English and Setswana.
Weather
Oct to Apr - Hot and Wet season. May to Sept - Cooler and Drier.
Electricity
220/240 Volts AC, 50 Hz Plugs - 13 amp socket.
Post
1 - 3 weeks by airmail
Transport
AIR, RAIL AND BUS: Major cities are linked by these networks. ROAD: tarmac roads are limited mostly being sand tracks. Reserves of water and fuel should always be taken. DOCUMENTATION: IDP is recommended for stays up to 6 months, after which a Botswana driving license must be obtained.
Special Information
Casual clothing is acceptable. Respect for the traditional way of life must be displayed. Do not take photographs of airports, official residences and military and defence establishments.
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