Botswana introduces new tourism development levy

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The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation wishes to announce the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL).

The objective of the Levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism developments in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, resultantly improving the lives of the people of Botswana.


Who does it apply to? All visitors to Botswana except residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.


Where is the levy collected? The Levy is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts, effective 1st June 2017.


How do you pay? Payment will be collected at the ports of entry through electronic payment machines or cash (US Dollars), debit and credit card. Once payment is made, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will be valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entries into Botswana within the 30 days it is valid for.


How much is the levy? Travellers to Botswana will pay USD30.00.

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 visit the BTO website www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy.

For enquiries please email: tdl@botswanatourism.co.bw or call +267 391 3111.


Do you have friends or family that are likely to visit Botswana from June? Please share this document with them to ensure they are kept abreast of the new development.

Source: Botswana Government Facebook page

8 months ago