Botswana Announces Phased Reopening Of Borders

President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana has approved lifting of international travel restrictions in a phased manner, starting from next week, a government spokesperson said on Friday.

Spokesman Andrew Sesinyi said air travel will resume on November 9, at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport before ground crossing resumes on Dec. 1.

He said ground crossing will be allowed at the country’s commercial ports of entry which include Kazungula road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma, Ramakgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabana, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo.

“The remaining points of entry will be considered in due course, subject to disease burden and harmonisation with other neighbouring countries,’’ Sesinyi said.

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According to Sesinyi, all arriving travellers will be expected to present a valid 72-hour negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) result from time of departure and screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry.

Sesinyi further said the travellers will be required to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days doing self-monitoring.

More Southern Africa countries are expected to ease travel restrictions, ahead of the December festive season to allow families to travel for holidays.

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