Gaborone - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Locals like to dress up for work, but most Americans lean towards business-casual. - Dec 2023

FSOs wore suits and specialists wore business casual. - Jul 2019

Suit and tie for those that work with the public. - Apr 2017

People dress in business wear at the U.S. Embassy and Government of Botswana. It's not an overly conservative culture but people dress relatively modestly. Women can definitely get away with skirts above the knee and sleeveless shirts, especially in summer and in social situations. But business meetings are pretty formal. - Jul 2016

Business casual. - Mar 2015

Formal... Locals dress up even just for grocery shopping. - Oct 2014

Business casual. - Nov 2013

The Batswana (people of Botswana) tend to lean toward a more formal look. Suits, dress clothes at work. Some people dress more casually, but Batswana are generally modest in how they dress. - Jul 2013

Business casual/casual. - Apr 2013

People dress very similarly to what you would see in the United States or Europe. Suits for those who work in offices, slacks and polo shirts on the weekend. - Jun 2010

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