Yes, Zimbabweans need passports to travel to Botswana

The Claim: Botswana President Masisi removed passport requirement for Zimbabweans visiting the country.
The Verdict: claim verdict

According to one Facebook user, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has removed the passport requirement for Zimbabweans visiting the neighboring nation, and they can now only use their National Identity Cards (IDs).

“President Masisi Remove Passport requirement for the People of Zimbabwe to visit Botswana. Zimbabwean’s and Botswana people can now cross borders between the two countries using only National IDs. Give this man Bells,” said the Facebook user identified as Mohale T-boz Motloang

However, this statement is inaccurate because Botswana officials have not issued such a declaration and instead, online research shows that the neighbouring country stated all visitors there must have a passport valid for at least six months.

What is not required for Zimbabweans travelling to Botswana is a visa, where they can receive a maximum of 90 days for a short-term stay.

The only exception of citizens who can cross the border without a passport are Namibians after the Botswana and Namibian presidents, Masisi and Hage Geingob, signed an agreement in February this year allowing their citizens to easily cross the border without a passport.

The two leaders launched the passport-free travel arrangement at the Mamuno Border Crossing which meant both Namibian and Botswana citizens will only be required to produce their identity cards at crossing points.

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