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GOVERNMENT ISSUES NEW TRAVEL PERMITS

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06 Apr, 2020

 

In an effort to restriction movement of people during the lockdown period, the government of Botswana has revoked issuance of travel permit form A&B with immediate effect. All essential services are requested to apply for new permits for their staff through their respective ministries.

The permit application forms form part of the Extraordinary Gazette of April, 5th 2020 ( herein attached) and the authorised travel permit is valid for a maximum of 5 days from date of issue and will need renewal every 5 days. Highlights from the gazette are as follows:

1. Each Ministry headquarters to determine officers who will be authorised to sign off.

2. At District level, District Commissioner (DC) and the Head of the District Health Management Team (DHMT) will coordinate in overseeing the granting of permission to travel by authorised officers e.g. Senior Government Officials, Dikgosi, Council Secretary, Headmen, Head of School/Training Institution, Police Officers, etc.

3. In a locality without the above, two Village Extension Teams (VET) approved by the District Commissioner will facilitate sign off on authorisation to travel. Typically, a health official (Nurse, etc.) should be part of the authorising team.

 

We implore members to stay home and avoid social gathering during the lockdown period so to minimise the spread of the virus and also to adhere to the health and safety measures as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and World Health Organisation.