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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visa Information

BTC and Bofinet will get in touch with High Commissions and Embassies to establish VISA requirements of some of the participants once the guest list is shared by CTO.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country Profile

Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. The massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its fossilized river valleys and rolling grasslands, is home to numerous flora and fauna. Botswana is home to some of the world’s greatest diamonds and highest producer of diamonds by value in the world. The discovery of diamonds in the late 1960s changed the economic landscape of Botswana and continues to make Botswana a shining example of diamonds for development.

Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast.
Botswana has blossomed since gaining independence from Britain in 1966 and is Africa’s longest continuous democracy. They enjoy a high standard of economic stability, education and health care; making Botswana truly one of Africa’s lasting success stories, and a magical place to visit.

Currency

The unit of currency is Botswana Pula (BWP).
Major credit cards are widely accepted.
To check up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com. Rates are around: –
1USD BWP10.8747
1GBP BWP14.0254

Climate

Around February, the weather in Botswana is summer time consisting mostly of sunny days with scattered rainfall patterns. Temperatures range between 28 – 38 degrees celcius, which is hot most of the time.

Travel

Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, Gaborone, Botswana, South East
www.caab.co.bw/

Transport

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Transport facilities to/from Airport will be provided to delegates to/from hotels mentioned in the list. The host will have a liaison officer to help coordinate the arrival of delegates at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.Transport will also be provided to various social events organised by the host for delegates.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The public transportation system consists of buses and mini-buses that operate along designated routes. Additionally, taxi-cab, shuttle and car hire services are available at hotels

Communications

A. SIM cards will be sold by representatives of mobile phone operators at the conference venue. Copy of ID or passport for foreign visitors is required for the purchase of SIM cards.
B. The secretariat at the Conference venue will be equipped with fixed telephone line, facsimile service and internet access. There will also be WIFI at the venue.

Language
The official written language of Botswana is English. Most written communication and official business texts are written in English. The main spoken language of Botswana is Tswana however English is widely spoken.
Health Requirements
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.
The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).
A rabies outbreak was reported in Ngamiland, in the Delta area of north west Botswana on 8 November. Further information on rabies can be found on the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) website.
Health care in Botswana is good in major towns, but medical facilities and communications are limited in rural areas. For serious medical treatment, medical evacuation to the UK or South Africa may be necessary. Private hospitals will not treat patients unless you can pay, and the cost of health care may be high. Outpatients must pay cash before receiving treatment. You will only be accepted as an emergency patient if you have full insurance cover. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
There are occasional outbreaks of anthrax amongst wild animals. Don’t touch dead animals or carcasses. If you suspect that you have come into contact with anthrax, seek urgent medical advice.
If you intend to camp or walk in the bush you should be aware of the risk of tick bites.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 997 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Time zone
+ 2 hours Greenwich Mean Time.
Telecommunications
Botswana has one fixed telephone lines operator and three mobile phone operators. The country code is +267.
Public telephone booths can be found at the airport and hotels. Facsimile services are available in almost all hotels. Internet facilities are also available in almost all hotels or at Cybercafés.
Water & Electricity
It is advisable to use bottled water for drinking purposes.
The electrical supply is consistent. Plugs used in most hotels are three-pin (British Standard), although two-pin plugs (European Standard) are also used. It is advisable to come along with Global adaptors.

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:

HOST CONTACTS

Mr Teko Monko, Head, HR Services
Botswana Telecommunications Corporation
Tel: +267 392 8266
Mobile: +267 7300 1098
Email: tekomo@btc.bw

Alternatively:

Ludo Segwagwe, Training Development Manager
Tel: +267 395 8240
Mobile: +267 7300 430
Email: segwagwe@btc.bw 

CTO HQ CONTACT

Mr Saiful Siddeky, Senior Events Executive
Tel: (Direct) +44 (0)20 8600 3813
Mobile: (Direct) +44 (0)7545927749
Fax: +44 (0) 208 600 3819
Email: Saiful.siddeky@cto.int