Dear visitors, welcome to the website of the German Embassy in Gaborone
Please find enclosed the Newsletter German Development Cooperation with SADC (Southern African Development Community).
With this Newsletter, the German Embassy Gaborone informs and updates twice a year on activities on our German Development Cooperation
Global Media Forum 2017
The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is the Place Made for Minds, where decision makers and influencers from all over the world come together. Join us at the Global Media Forum June 19 - 21, 2017 in Bonn, Germany, to shape the discussion about the impact of identity and diversity on politics, society and media.
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018
On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin.
For more information please visit
New Schengen Representation for Switzerland and Luxemburg
As of June 1st and October 1st, 2016, following the closure of the Visa Section at the French Embassy, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Gaborone has agreed to issue Schengen Visas for travel to Switzerland and Luxemburg.
It should also be noted that holders of diplomatic and other official passports as well as other persons travelling to Switzerland and Luxemburg on official mission can only apply for a Schengen Visa at the German Embassy if they are citizens of the Republic of Botswana.
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Gaborone will now process applications for Schengen Visas for travel to the following eleven Schengen Countries:
Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, Malta, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland
Requirements for minors travelling through all Botswana ports of entry
Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country's borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passport. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent's affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However an affidavit will not be required if the father's name does not appear on the child's birth certificate.
Requirements for Minors Travelling Through all Botswana Ports of Entry [pdf, 132.45k]
New guidelines for Africa policy – supporting the security architecture, boosting African ownership
On 21 May 2014 the German cabinet decided on the new Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa drafted by the Federal Foreign Office. The guidelines summarise the context, principles and focuses of Germany’s Africa policy.
Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa
Africa in Germany's foreign policy: making the most of opportunities, promoting African ownership
Germany's policy towards Africa is value-based; its principles are respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Yet Germany also has clearly defined interests. As a major exporting nation we need a reliable and well-functioning world trade system, which cannot exist without peace, security and stability.
Africa in Germany
Trends and Perspectives
Migration, the digital revolution, the trend towards sharing rather than owning, and a new relaxed attitude to business: many factors are changing the way people live in Germany. In the “Trends and Perspectives” section of the latest edition of “DE Magazin Deutschland” and on deutschland.de, learn about how current trends are affecting society and life in Germany. You can also read a report about the rediscovery of the German forest, and gain some fascinating insights into the everyday work of deep-sea researcher Antje Boetius.
Current media library on deutschland.de