Botswana Travel: Tourism Development Levy

by Lara Behrens
3rd May 2017

Safari, Botswana

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UPDATED (11 December 2017)

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation yesterday announced the postponement of the obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL) mentioned below.

The Tourism Development Levy (TDL) first proposed by the Botswana Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Conversation has been cancelled 8 months after announcing it's inception.

 

The Botswana Tourism Organisation released this statement:

"The Botswana Government remains committed to growing the contribution of tourism to the national economy as well as economic diversification and employment creation and therefore, the Tourism Development Levy would help in growing the country’s economy."

 

ABOUT THE BOTSWANA TOURISM DEVELOPMENT LEVY 

The Levy Background
• 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)

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

Who is eligible to pay?
• All visitors to Botswana in exception of 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, commencing on the 1st June 2017 (which has now been postponed).

How is the payment received? 
• Payments are received at the ports of entry through cash (US Dollars). After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be 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 valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.

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

 

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