Money Advice for Botswana

Local Currency

Pula (BWP 1 = 100 Thebe)

Notes available:  10, 20, 50, 100 BWP

Coins:  5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 Thebe

General Advice

Pula (which means water) is used for most transactions, US dollars may sometimes be accepted but only in small denominations due to the risk of forgery. If bringing dollars always ensure you have a mixture of notes. South African rand is often accepted.

Money Exchange

UK sterling and USD are easily exchanged at main banks.

ATM Availability

Banks in the main populated towns and cities (Kasane, Maun, Francistown, Gaborone) have ATM machines though queues can sometimes be long. Pula cash can be withdrawn. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Most hotels, restaurants, tour companies and major shops will accept credit cards.

Travellers Cheques

Travellers Cheques are accepted at main banks, there is very little difference in exchange rate for these or cash.

Other Information

All forex entering the country must be declared on entry. There are no restrictions on the amount of forex exported as long as it is declared and obviously under the amount stated on arrival. It is a strong currency against neighbouring countries and there is no black market for changing money.

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