Monday, May 1, 2017

Botswana introduces a new tourism development levy

New Frontiers has shared that the Botswana Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism has announced the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL) applicable to all travelers arriving in Botswana as of June 1, 2017. This levy will be payable upon arrival at any of the country's ports of entry.

Day visitors to Chobe National Park from Victoria Falls and Livingstone will be required to pay the USD30.00 tourism levy. This will significantly impact Kasane-based ground handlers, hence they are appealing this decision.

Below is an explanation of the levy, as published by Botswana Tourism:

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, and is intended to improve the lives of the people of Botswana.

Who is required 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 starting June 1, 2017

How is the payment done?
Payments are done at the ports of entry through electronic payment machines through cash (USD), debit or credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt must then be presented to immigration officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveler. The receipt will valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entries.

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

The Botswana Government remains committed to growing the contribution of tourism to the national economy as well as economic diversification and employment creation.

For further information please visit the BTO website.

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