Bots reopens borders to international travellers

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Gaborone - Botswana will reopen its borders to international travel in a phased manner starting November 9, 2020.

The country closed borders to all but essential movements of goods and persons in March this year when the COVID-19 pandemic made landfall in Africa.

According to Botswana government spokesperson Andrew Sesinyi, President Mokgweetsi Masisi on November 6 approved lifting of international travel restrictions in a phased manner from November 9 to December 1.

The reopening is in respect of 14 points of entry. 

Sesinyi said from November 14, air travel would resume at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in the capital, Gaborone, and at Maun International Airport in Botswana’s northern tourism Mecca.

“On the 1st of December, 2020, ground crossing will resume at the commercial border points of Kazungula road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma, Ramokgonami, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo,” said Sesinyi. 

He said international air travel would also resume at the commercial Philip Matante International Airport in Francistown.

Sesinyi said all arrivals would be expected to meet the following requirements: present a valid negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) result taken within 72 hours of departure; be screened for COVID-19 upon entry; and symptomatic arrivals to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation or quarantine. 

“The traveller will be required to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days doing self-monitoring. Returning citizens and residents not meeting the requirement will undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine and testing at their own cost (as assessed by local authority)” added Sesinyi.

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