Effective 1 June, Botswana introduces new tourism levy

Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism has announced a mandatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL) to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development as well as improve the lives of the people of Botswana it says.
As from the 1st of June 2017, with the exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states, visitors will pay USD30.00 in cash, or by debit or credit card at ports of entry.
A unique receipt, corresponding with the passport, will be generated automatically. This is to be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller and the receipt will be valid for a 30-day period and can be used for multiple entry.
“The Botswana Government remains committed to growing the contribution of tourism to the national economy as well as economic diversification and employment creation.” For further information please click on the following link Tourism Development Levy.
Travellers should also note that towards the end of March, the Ministry of Health and Wellness for Botswana has issued a warning that the country is experiencing a high levels of malaria, following the recent heavy rains.
Travellers heading to Botswana or those who find themselves in Limpopo need to ensure they take the correct preventative measures as a warning has been issued for high levels of malaria in both of these regions.

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