Botswana President to Scrap Passport Requirement for Zimbabwean Travellers

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Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi is reportedly reviewing the proposal to allow Batswana and Zimbabweans to use national identity cards (IDs) for travel between the two countries.

Currently, citizens from both countries require valid passports to cross the border.

According to reports, Masisi revealed that he will make the proposal over the use of ID cards for cross-border travel when he meets his Zimbabwe counterpart, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

It was gathered that the majority of Zimbabweans who migrate to Botswana will be seeking better economic prospects while Batswana citizens mostly cross into Zimbabwe to seek tertiary education.

In February this year, Masisi and Namibian President, Hage Geingob signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to permit citizens of the two countries to use IDs to cross borders.