Botswana Import Restrictions

In order to enter Botswana, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Botswana government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Botswana, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Botswana.

Botswana Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Botswana authorities before posting:

  • Animal products
  • Bees
  • Cheese
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Grain
  • Insecticides
  • Leeches
  • Liquor
  • Parasites
  • Plants
  • Rice
  • Silkworms
  • Tobacco products
  • Weapons
  • Yeast.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation

Commercial goods must include an invoice. Permits are not required for bona fide gifts not exceeding R10 in value and 5 kg in weight.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Botswana prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Bee-keeping appliances, used
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Fruit
  • Furs
  • Honey
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Pornography
  • Prison-made goods
  • Publications or items relating to sexual stimulants or the curing of venereal diseases
  • Royal jelly.

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