Botswana on Wednesday 28 September 2022 lifted all remaining Covid-19 restrictions including a requirement for travellers to provide proof of vaccination or PCR tests at its borders.
The southern African country has recorded 2 789 deaths and 326 000 infections since the respiratory illness was first detected in early 2020, according to the John Hopkins University.
In a statement, Botswana’s health ministry said citizens should use their discretion “to still follow some protocols, as this will assist them in safeguarding their health.” Reads the statement seen by ZimLive.com:
The ministry of health informs members of the public that with effect from today, September 28, 2022, requirements of vaccination or PCR tests at ports of entry, and social distancing at schools have been removed…
They are further advised to vaccinate children from 5 to 18 years. It is only through vaccination against the disease that people can freely go about with their everyday life without the fear of any possibly of severe symptoms, if they get infected
Botswana encouraged its citizens to get vaccinated “so that they remain safe.
Botswana follows regional countries South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia which have lifted all Covid-19 restrictions.
Update on Zimbabwe:
Zimbabwe still maintains that masks are mandatory except for those who have taken at least three shots of COVID-19 vaccines.
Wearing facemasks remains mandatory in indoor public places and on public transport.
Vaccinated travellers must show proof of a completed vaccination scheme.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers must present a negative PCR test result taken less than 48 hours before their scheduled arrival.