Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (9/23/2020)  Location:  Botswana  Event:  Special Commercial Flight from Gaborone and Charter Flight from Maun  Commercial flights out of Botswana remain suspended until further notice.   Ethiopian Airlines Special Flight: Gaborone-Addis, September 29 Ethiopian Airlines plans to operate a special commercial flight on Tuesday, September 29.  The flight will operate from Gaborone to Addis Ababa, and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  Permission to Depart Botswana Required from Ministry of Health Commercial flights out of Botswana remain suspended until further notice. However, there will likely be a special flight through Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday, August 25.  The cost is unknown at this time.  If you are interested in this flight, please contact the airline sales …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (8/20/2020)   Location:  Botswana Event:  Possible Special Flight August 25 from Gaborone to Addis Ababa   Commercial flights out of Botswana remain suspended until further notice.   However, there will likely be a special flight through Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday, August 25.  The cost is unknown at this time.  If you are interested in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  Possible Charter Flight from Maun to Dar es Salaam August 20 Commercial flights out of Botswana remain suspended until further notice.  The U.S. Embassy has assisted with more than five opportunities to depart Botswana during the suspension of commercial flights. For those who missed these flights, there may be a charter flight organized …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

The Government of Botswana announced a new lockdown in the Gaborone COVID-19 zone starting today, July 31, 2020 for a minimum of two weeks. Only essential services will remain operational at a reduced amount, and movement permits will be required for all movement within the Greater Gaborone Zone. Inter-zone permits for travel between zones are …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (6/16/2020) Location:  Botswana Event:  Gaborone Zone Lockdown Lifted The Government of Botswana announced the end of extreme social distancing in the Gaborone COVID-19 zone starting today, 16 June 2020.  The restrictions on movement will return to the regulations in force on 12 June 2020.  Interzone permits for travel between zones are still required, and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (6/13/2020) Location:  Botswana Event:  Gaborone Zone Lockdown Re-instated The Government of Botswana announced the resumption of extreme social distancing in the Gaborone COVID-19 zone starting 13 June 2020 until further notice.  The restrictions on movement will return to the original lockdown regulations.  All non-essential services will be closed, and movement is only allowed by …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (6/5/2020) Location:  Botswana Event:  No Flights Available, New South Africa Transit Regulations Announced There are still no plans to resume commercial flight operations out of Botswana.  Ethiopian Airlines flight 8828 departed Gaborone on June 3, 2020, and there are no upcoming flights scheduled. In addition, the Republic of South Africa has announced a change …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location: Botswana Event: Ethiopian Airlines Flight Gaborone – Addis Ababa June 3 There are still no plans to resume commercial flight operations out of Botswana. Ethiopian Airlines is operating a flight from Gaborone to Addis Ababa on June 3, 2020.  Onward flights to the United States and Europe are available from Addis Ababa.  The cost to fly …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event: Government Announces End of Extreme Social Distancing The Government of Botswana has announced the end of extreme social distancing measures, officially starting on May 21. The country is still divided into nine geographical zones, and movement between zones requires an essential travel permit. All permits can be found online at https://www.gov.bw . Those traveling …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event: Phase 3 Re-Opening Permits and Requirements The Government of Botswana has moved to Phase 3 in its gradual re-opening of the economy. Phase 3 provisionally lasts from May 15 through May 22, during which a whole range of shops and industries may re-open. The best place to find the latest updates, lists, regulations, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

April 28, 2020 Location:  Botswana Event:  Phased Reduction in Extreme Social Distancing President Masisi announced the extension of the period of extreme social distancing for one additional week, through May 7, with additional phased reduction in regulations based on the threat level of the virus. If the threat eases, the lockdown may be lifted more quickly. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (4/23/2020) Location:  Botswana Event:  COVID-19 Travel Permits Online and Repatriation Information The Government of Botswana announced that those in need of movement permits during the state of emergency may apply online at https://www.gov.bw/ . Those who wish to leave their homes for all purposes must get a travel permit from the Government of Botswana. Enter …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana  Event:  No Flights Until Further Notice Commercial flights out of Botswana remain suspended until further notice.  The U.S. Department of State arranged a flight from Gaborone to Washington, DC on Friday, April 10, 2020.  The British High Commission arranged a charter flight from Gaborone to Lusaka, Zambia for connections to Europe and the United …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana  Event:  Possible Second Repatriation Flight Information Commercial flights out of Botswana remain suspended until further notice.  The U.S. Department of State arranged a flight from Gaborone (Sir Seretse Khama Airport) to Washington, DC (IAD) on Friday, April 10, 2020. For those who missed the flight, there will likely be a flight on Saturday, April …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Page:  https://bw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/   _______________________________________________________ Last Update: (4/11/2020 – 19:00 CAT) Country-Specific Information Botswana has confirmed 13 cases of COVID-19 and one death within its borders. Repatriation Information If you are a U.S. citizen who currently seeks to depart Botswana on a flight to the United States, please complete the request form here: Botswana Repatriation Request Form If you are travelling with others, you must complete the form for …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  Evacuation Flight Registration Closed – No Flights Available Until Further Notice The U.S. Department of State has arranged a flight from Gaborone (Sir Seretse Khama Airport) to Washington, DC (IAD) on Friday, April 10, 2020.  The registration for the flight has closed and there are no later flights scheduled at this time. U.S. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana  Event:  Current Status of Passport Applications    Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.    For U.S. citizens in …

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Health  Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  Evacuation Flight April 10 to Washington, DC The U.S. Department of State has arranged a flight from Gaborone (Sir Seretse Khama Airport) to Washington, DC (IAD) on Friday, April 10, 2020.  The flight is currently scheduled to leave Gaborone early morning and transit through Eswatini before arriving in Washington, DC the morning of …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana  Event:  Lockdown Regulations and Evacuation Flight Registration The U.S. Department of State has arranged a flight from Gaborone (Sir Seretse Khama Airport) to Washington, DC (IAD) on Friday, April 10, 2020.  U.S. citizens should seriously consider this option for returning to the United States, as there are no guarantees that another flight will be …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana   Event:  Lockdown Regulations  The Government of Botswana has published regulations regarding the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration.  The regulations can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Botswana COVID-19 page at https://bw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ .    The Government of Botswana has declared a State of Emergency starting Friday, April 3 until further notice.  All individuals are expected to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location: Botswana Event: Town Hall on COVID-19 and Evacuation Flights The Ambassador and other key U.S. Embassy Gaborone staff will host a Virtual Town Hall with U.S. citizens and their families on Friday, April 3 at 15:00 Central Africa Time. The gathering will be held on Google Hangouts at https://meet.google.com/xaq-pmcb-rvv . You will need a Google …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (4/1/2020) 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (4/1/2020) Location:  Botswana Event:  Town Hall on COVID-19 and Evacuation Flights The Ambassador and other key U.S. Embassy Gaborone staff will host a Virtual Town Hall with U.S. citizens and their families on Friday, April 3 at 15:00 Central Africa Time.  The gathering will be held on Google Hangouts at https://meet.google.com/xaq-pmcb-rvv .  You will need …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  U.S. State Department Charter Plane to Southern Africa Because there are currently no commercial flights entering or departing Botswana or many of its neighbors, the U.S. Department of State is strongly considering sending a charter plane that will stop in several locations across Southern Africa, including Botswana, in the very near future.  The …

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated:  [09/17/20] Country-Specific Information: Botswana has confirmed over 2,400 cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths within its borders.  Community transmission of the disease is confirmed. While Botswana has a Level 3 Travel Advisory, the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone strongly urges that U.S. citizens not enter Botswana at this time. No flights into …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (3/31/2020) Location:  Botswana Event:  U.S. State Department Charter Plane to Southern Africa Because there are currently no commercial flights entering or departing Botswana or many of its neighbors, the U.S. Department of State is strongly considering sending a charter plane that will stop in several locations across Southern Africa, including Botswana, in the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  COVID-19 Cases Confirmed, Lockdown Begins April 2 On March 30, Botswana’s Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in the country.  President Masisi declared a state of emergency nationwide beginning midnight on April 2 until further notice.  He will also request approval from Parliament for 28 days of extreme social distancing, or “lockdown”: All individuals are expected to remain in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (3/30/2020) Location:  Botswana Event:  COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Botswana, Presidential Address Tomorrow Botswana’s Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in the country as of today, March 30.  The Government of Botswana will likely announce a nationwide lockdown soon, and President Masisi plans to address the nation at 9am on March 31. There are currently …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana   Event:  Lockdown Announcement and Repatriation Request Form      The Government of Botswana will likely announce a nationwide lockdown soon.  We will send details once they are available.      There are currently no commercial flights entering or departing Botswana.  U.S. citizens who are still considering returning to the United States but were unable to depart on a …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana 

Location:  Botswana Event:  Repatriation Request Form Now Enabled There are currently no commercial flights entering or departing Botswana.  U.S. citizens who are still considering returning to the United States but were unable to depart on a regular commercial flight should contact the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone at the following link and fill out the form carefully, then submit: Botswana Repatriation Request Form For those in northern …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  Travel to the United States As of March 29, there will be no flights out of Botswana on any commercial airline until further notice.  Ethiopian Airlines operates its final flight on Saturday, March 28, flight ET 829 departing at 15:20 local time.  U.S. citizens who are still considering returning to the United States but were unable to depart on a regular …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  Commercial Flights Ending The Embassy has learned that as of March 29, there will be no flights out of Botswana on any commercial airline until further notice.  Ethiopian Airlines will operate its final flight on Saturday, March 28, flight ET 829 departing at 15:20 local time.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana  Event:  Commercial Flights Ending The Embassy has learned that as of March 29, there will be no flights out of Botswana on any commercial airline until further notice.  Ethiopian Airlines will operate its final flight on Saturday, March 28.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to make travel arrangements while flights …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location:  Botswana Event:  Commercial Flights Ending The Embassy has learned that as of March 29, there will be no flights out of Botswana on any commercial airline until further notice.  Ethiopian Airlines will operate its final flight on Saturday, March 28.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to make travel arrangements while flights …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana

Location: Botswana Event:  Commercial Flight Reduction, Ethiopia Transit Information Reconsider Travel to Botswana due to the Global Health Advisory and Embassy Gaborone’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  The Embassy has learned that as of March 29, there will be no flights out …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Gaborone

Location:  Botswana Event: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Botswana. On March 19, the Department of State advised all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Location:  Botswana Event: On March 16, the Government of Botswana announced a ban on all travelers (except Batswana citizens and Botswana residents) originating from or transiting through the following countries:  the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India.  Batswana and …

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Heightened Middle East Tensions

U.S. Embassy Gaborone Security Alert January 8, 2020 Location: BOTSWANA Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low …

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Holiday Security Alert in Botswana

Event:  Holidays in Botswana provide increased risk for criminal activity.  There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping.  Travelers to Botswana are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash.   Actions to Take: Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events. Review your personal security plans. Be …

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Beware of an Ongoing Tender Scam

WARNING – The U.S. Embassy is aware of an ongoing tender scam using our name to fraudulently request sample items or money.  If your business receives a tender from a “Mr. Ronnel Fisher,” usa@embassytenders.com or info@embassytenders.com , please do not act on this request and contact us immediately at Gabprocurement@state.gov . U.S. Government procurement follows strict regulations outlined …

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