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Botswana: Your Guide to Overflight and Landing Permits

Updated: Nov 1


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We're diving into the details of obtaining overflight and landing permits in the beautiful country of Botswana. We understand the importance of seamless travel operations, and obtaining the necessary permits is a crucial step in ensuring a smooth journey.. Whether you're planning a business jet, VIP, or commercial flight through or to Botswana, understanding the requirements for obtaining overflight and landing permits is essential. Let's explore the process together.


General Information about Botswana


Botswana: A Landlocked Country


Before delving into the specifics of overflight and landing permits, let's take a moment to introduce you to Botswana - a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. Botswana is renowned for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant culture. The country is home to remarkable natural wonders, including the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and the Kalahari Desert. It's a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Gaborone, the capital city, boasts modern infrastructure and a burgeoning economy. The aviation sector in Botswana is well-developed, with multiple airports and airfields spread across the country, providing convenient access for travelers.

​Capital: Gaborone

Official Language: English

Currency: Botswana Pula (BWP)

Time Zone: Central Africa Time (CAT)

When planning an international flight, obtaining overflight and landing permits is essential to comply with the regulations of the countries you'll be flying over and landing in. This includes Botswana, which has specific requirements that flight operators need to adhere to.


Is permit required?

Private Flight

Commercial – Non-scheduled

Overflight Permit

Yes

Yes

Landing Permit

Yes

Yes

Permit Overview

Overflight Permit

Landing Permit

Permit Validity (Hours)

+72

+72

Lead Time (Working Days)

1

2-3

Permit number format

-

-

CAA Processing Fee

-

NIL

Air Navigation Bill

-

-


Is Botswana an ICAO Member State?

Yes

Is Botswana a EUROCONTROL Member State?

No

Botswana 2-LTR Code:

BW

Botswana ICAO Area Code:

FB

FIR/UIR:

FBGR

Application Process


To obtain an overflight permit for the Botswana, you must submit your request to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Botswana (CAAB Gaborone). It's advisable to initiate the application process well in advance, preferably 7 working days before your intended flight date. However, you should read our article on VarnaJet short notice permits. If your flight necessitates a landing in Botswana, you'll need to obtain a landing permit. The landing permit requirements generally include the same documentation as overflight permits, with additional considerations, some documentation are not necessarily required; you just need to keep them ready and valid in case they are needed for the permit application.


Required Information

- Operator name & address

- Aircraft registry

- Callsign – Flight number

- Aircraft type – MTOW

- Flight schedule details

- Purpose of flight

- PAX or Cargo details

Required Documentation


When applying for an overflight or landing permit, you might need to provide the following documents:

- Air Operator Certificate (AOC)

- Aircraft Registration Certificate (AR)

- Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)

- Air Noise Certificate (ANC)

- Insurance Certificate

What to consider when you have a flight over/to Botswana


Make sure you are aware and ready with the following, even if they might not be requested by CAA:


Insurance Coverage:

You must have valid and comprehensive insurance coverage for your aircraft. Ensure that your insurance meets the requirements set by Botswana authorities.


Flight Plan:

A detailed flight plan including your route, waypoints, and estimated time of arrival and departure from Botswana airspace.


Aircraft Information:

Details about your aircraft, including registration, type, and capacity.


Crew Information:

The names and qualifications of your flight crew.


Purpose of Flight:

A clear explanation of the purpose of your flight, whether it's for commercial, private, or humanitarian purposes. PAX details or cargo details should be available.


Receiving party /CNOR-CNEE:

In case the landing permit is needed for a specific country/Purpose of Flight; pay attention to have all the contact details of the receiving party.


Navigation Fees:

Botswana charges navigation fees for overflights. These fees can vary depending on the type of aircraft, route, and duration of the flight. Be prepared to cover these fees as part of the permit application process.


Basis: maximum take-off weight and distance flown.

For MTOW of 5,701 kg and above, the charge is calculated according to the following:

Charge = P x D x W

Where:

  • P = flat rate in USD (24.00 USD)

  • D = the distance factor in NM

  • W = weight factor which is equal to the square root of the quotient calculated by dividing by MTOW by 2,000:

W = √(MTOW(kg)/2000)


Landing Charges:

In Gaborone and Maun Airports:

  • 30,001-50,000 kg: 1,338.00 BWP for class I aerodrome, 887.00 BWP for class II aerodrome, 786.00 BWP for class III aerodrome

  • 50,001-70,000 kg: 1,920.00 BWP for class I aerodrome, 1,237.00 BWP for class II aerodrome, 1,018.00 BWP for class III aerodrome.

Parking Charges:

Over 30,000 to 50,000 kg: 262.00 BWP

Over 50,000 to 75,000 kg: 349.00 BWP


Compliance with International Regulations:

Your flight plan and operations must comply with international aviation regulations and agreements. Ensure that your aircraft is equipped with the necessary communication and navigation systems required for safe airspace transit.


Coordination with VarnaJet


Once your application is submitted, it may take few days for the (CAAB Gaborone) to process and approve your overflight or landing permit. VarnaJet will ensure quick process of obtaining. Maintain open communication with our team and be prepared for potential changes or delays in your flight schedule that needs to be addressed to our team as soon as possible.


Conclusion


Navigating the regulatory landscape of international aviation, including obtaining overflight and landing permits, is an essential part of ensuring a successful and hassle-free flight. Botswana, with its breathtaking scenery and growing aviation sector, is an excellent destination for aviation enthusiasts and many flight operators. By understanding and meeting the permit requirements, Operators can enjoy a seamless journey through the skies of this incredible country.


At VarnaJet, we specialize in assisting flight operators with obtaining permits and ensuring their flights comply with international regulations. If you have any questions or need assistance with your flight planning to the Botswana, our team of experts is ready to help. Safe travels, and may your journey through Botswana skies be filled with ease and smooth experience.


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