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    Default Botswana covid update

    Any residents that can confirm talks about a hard lockdown over there?
    Im there for work from monday to friday and dont want to get stuck there

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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Nothing for now. There will be some announcement by the president on Tuesday 13th.
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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    That's the word on the street at the moment, too many people saying the same thing, hopefully everyone is wrong but maybe not...
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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Nothing new announced, apart from schools closing 2 weeks early



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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Does anyone have any clarity on if the new movement restrictions in Bots impact travels. We plan to depart on 31 July for our trip.
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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Quote Originally Posted by AfricaBen View Post
    Does anyone have any clarity on if the new movement restrictions in Bots impact travels. We plan to depart on 31 July for our trip.
    I also want to know. Is this for tourists as well and for people transiting?

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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Tourists already on trips should be able to present their negative PCR tests to pass through checkpoints as before. The limitations on movement are likely to be temporary (possibly until sometime next week) as it is a long holiday weekend in Botswana



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    Not sure if this provides any clarity or adds to the confusion.

    Does it mean that the lockdown is planned to be only for the long weekend? Hopefully that is the case but unfortunately the government here seems to like "until further notice". If it's anything like the booze ban (which is also "until further notice") they could keep it in place if cases continue to rise.

    We're currently in Kasane and the locals here certainly think that the roads outside town are closed and it's not possible for us to leave the Chobe Zone without a permit. The Chobe Zone is supposedly a green zone (meaning a low number of cases) but if the local gossip is to be believed there are way more cases here than the government is reporting. According to our lodge owner the labs here are overwhelmed with the number of tests and the turnaround time for a test has increased from 24 to 48 hours. I pity our (international tourist) neighbours at the lodge here who have rented a bakkie from this morning. They were hoping to head south towards Nata today but have been informed by a friend at the local tourism board that they will not be allowed to pass the police blocks without a permit and the required PCR test.

    Hopefully the restrictions ease after the weekend. No doubt the struggling tourism industry will protest vehemently against the new requirements and perhaps international tourists will be exempted from some of the rules as the government appears to have done in Namibia. While I can see the economic motivation for this it does seem to be rather unfair to the locals and contrary to the covid-19 suppression efforts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaliman View Post
    Not sure if this provides any clarity or adds to the confusion.

    Does it mean that the lockdown is planned to be only for the long weekend? Hopefully that is the case but unfortunately the government here seems to like "until further notice". If it's anything like the booze ban (which is also "until further notice") they could keep it in place if cases continue to rise.

    We're currently in Kasane and the locals here certainly think that the roads outside town are closed and it's not possible for us to leave the Chobe Zone without a permit. The Chobe Zone is supposedly a green zone (meaning a low number of cases) but if the local gossip is to be believed there are way more cases here than the government is reporting. According to our lodge owner the labs here are overwhelmed with the number of tests and the turnaround time for a test has increased from 24 to 48 hours. I pity our (international tourist) neighbours at the lodge here who have rented a bakkie from this morning. They were hoping to head south towards Nata today but have been informed by a friend at the local tourism board that they will not be allowed to pass the police blocks without a permit and the required PCR test.

    Hopefully the restrictions ease after the weekend. No doubt the struggling tourism industry will protest vehemently against the new requirements and perhaps international tourists will be exempted from some of the rules as the government appears to have done in Namibia. While I can see the economic motivation for this it does seem to be rather unfair to the locals and contrary to the covid-19 suppression efforts.

    I assume this interzonal travel ban expires today, 21st July. Is it being renewed and, if so, then for how long?
    Where are the actual zone borders?

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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro View Post
    I assume this interzonal travel ban expires today, 21st July. Is it being renewed and, if so, then for how long?
    Where are the actual zone borders?

    Hi,

    i am leaving for Gaborone tomorrow morning until Thursday.

    What restrictions are in place in Botswana at the moment?

    Will the Tlokweng border be open?

    I can not find anything about closures?

    Any new info would be appreciated,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart Bar View Post
    Hi,

    i am leaving for Gaborone tomorrow morning until Thursday.

    What restrictions are in place in Botswana at the moment?

    Will the Tlokweng border be open?

    I can not find anything about closures?

    Any new info would be appreciated,

    Thank you
    I'm also curious about this. Do foreign tourists currently need interzonal permits?

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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Quote Originally Posted by Smart Bar View Post
    Hi,

    i am leaving for Gaborone tomorrow morning until Thursday.

    What restrictions are in place in Botswana at the moment?

    Will the Tlokweng border be open?

    I can not find anything about closures?

    Any new info would be appreciated,

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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Curfew 20.00 to 04.00 from Monday 16th



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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Quote Originally Posted by bobhof View Post
    I'm also curious about this. Do foreign tourists currently need interzonal permits?


    Can anyone give us answers?
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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    Quote Originally Posted by LynneDT View Post
    Can anyone give us answers?
    From what I understand, foreign tourists do not need interzonal permits, but need to have both their negative PCR test results (used for entering the country) and booking confirmations on hand when travelling within Botswana.
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    Default Re: Botswana covid update

    We just returned from Moremi and was not stopped for COVID or anything. Was not even searched on the way up. An the way back we were stopped at one Vet fence to check for meat and had leftover oxtail on top of little beacon. We did not even need a COVID test on the way back, can do the test at the border for R350.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVJoubert View Post
    We just returned from Moremi and was not stopped for COVID or anything. Was not even searched on the way up. An the way back we were stopped at one Vet fence to check for meat and had leftover oxtail on top of little beacon. We did not even need a COVID test on the way back, can do the test at the border for R350.00.
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    Which border was that and I'm assuming that was a rapid test and not a PCR test?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckzoo View Post
    Jean,
    Which border was that and I'm assuming that was a rapid test and not a PCR test?
    Correct, was rapid not PCR. SA not bothered with PCR when you return. They had a van there in which they do the Rapid test. Was at Grobblers Brug.
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