Zimbabwe

Visa requirements change very regularly and we therefore recommend that you contact your nearest Zimbabwean Embassy/Consulate for the most recent information in good time prior to your departure


Entry Requirements: All visitors must ensure the following to enter Zimbabwe


Carry a valid passport

Date of expiry should be at least 6 months after exitingZimbabwe

Be able to produce evidence of outgoing travel

Be able to produce evidence of sufficient funds for their stay inZimbabwe

Visas

With a few exceptions, visas are required by nationals of all countries; they can be obtained at your point of entry. Single-/double-entry visas cost US$30/45 (and can be issued upon arrival) and multiple-entry visas (valid for six months) cost US$55, but are only issued at Zimbabwean diplomatic missions. British and Irish citizens pay US$55/70 for single/double entry.

For visa extensions, contact the Department of Immigration Control.

Customs Regulations

Visitors may import a maximum of US$350 in items not for trade, excluding personal effects. Travellers over 18 years of age can also import up to 5L of alcohol, including 2L of spirits.

While there's no limit on how much you can bring into the country, visitors aren't permitted to take out more then US$1000.

All Nationals Except the UK: Visas will be issued upon payment at missions abroad & ports of entry and are valid for 6 months:

US$30 - Single Entry

US$45 - Double Entry

US$55 - Multiple Entry

UK Passport Holders: Visas will be issued upon payment at missions abroad & ports of entry and are valid for 6 months:

US$55 - Single Entry

US$70 - Double Entry

US$90 - Multiple Entry

Money and costs (These costs are subject to change & should be taken as a rough indication only)

DAILY COSTS

BUDGET (up to) US$150

Camping or dorm bed: US$8–12

Room in a guesthouse: US$15–60

Local meal: US$5

Beer: US$2

Long-distance bus: US$10–15

Game drive in national park: US$45

National park fees: US$10–20

Shona sculpture: US$5

MIDRANGE US$150–250

Double room in boutique guesthouse: US$60–150

Safari lodge, meals & activities: US$150

Restaurant meal: US$10–25

Taxi hire: US$50–80

Shona sculpture: US$50–100

TOP END (more than) US$250

Room in business hotel: US$275

All-inclusive safari: US$250–1000

Car hire/driver: US$150 a day

Shona sculpture: US$200–500

In late 2016 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe controversially released US$10 million worth of bond notes. The decision was made in response to major cash shortages whereby the nation effectively ran out of US dollars. Pegged to the US dollar, the currency was initially released in denominations of $2 and $5 notes, however, it's not accepted as legal tender outside the country, so bear this in mind before departure.

While it remains unclear as to whether these bond notes will remain long term or a temporary solution, US dollars (the most commonly used currency in Zimbabwe since 2009) will likely remain the most viable currency to carry. South African rand, Botswana pula, pound sterling, euro and Chinese yuan (among a few others) are theoretically also accepted, though to a much lesser extent.

Due to issues in withdrawing cash from banks, as of 2016 it was recommended to carry enough US dollars to last the entirety of your stay; prepay any accommodation or tours to reduce the amount you need to bring in. While new bond coins introduced in 2014 have significantly reduced issues with receiving change at supermarkets, it's still best to take along plenty of small US dollar notes for tips etc.

Tipping

Some restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge to the bill; if so, no tip is required. Otherwise, any tip is hugely appreciated.

Health

Vaccination for yellow fever is not required for entry to Zimbabwe unless you have recently been to an infected area. For all sorts of reasons, however, get a jab before you come to Southern Africa and carry a certificate to prove it.

Availability & Cost of Healthcare

While the country has fundamental issues with its health service sector, for the most part travellers in places such as Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls will have access to adequate medical attention. Some of the international-standard GPs can charge in excess of US$100 for a consultation, so ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance. For medical emergencies it's advised to be evacuated to a hospital in South Africa; the recommended Medical Air Rescue Service is based in the major tourist towns.

Tap Water

The tap water in Zimbabwe is not safe to drink, so ensure you consume bottled mineral water only, which is widely available.

Health Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is vital for travel in Zimbabwe. The state of health care isn't high, so for anything serious you'll need to be airlifted to South Africa. If you plan on rafting, riding a motorcycle or engaging in other adventure activities, ensure you are covered by your policy.

Recommended Vaccinations

The standard vaccinations required for the Southern Africa region are applicable to Zimbabwe. It's important to see your doctor several months in advance, as some vaccinations take time.

It's highly recommended to get vaccinated for both cholera and typhoid, both which had sporadic breakouts in late 2016.

Malaria is present in many parts of the country, so it's recommended to take a course of antimalarials such as Doxycycline or Malarone. However, preventing bites is the ideal solution, so wear long-sleeve clothing in the evenings and bring along repellent containing DEET.

Also ensure you get shots for hepatitis A and B.