COVID-19: TRAVEL GUIDELINES & HEALTH FORMS

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As an aid to travellers planning a visit to Zimbabwe, Wild Zambezi has compiled the following information which we hope will be of assistance (click to open each item, or scroll down below):-

1.  COVID-19 TOURISM GUIDELINES for all visitors to Zimbabwe.

2.  TRAVELLERS' HEALTH SURVEILLANCE FORM to be completed by passengers arriving by air, as issued by Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health & Child Care

3.  FAQs FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS TRANSITTING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA TO ZIMBABWE (who are also subject to South African Health protocols) 

 

1.  COVID-19 TOURISM GUIDELINES 

These have been compiled from information obtained from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in conjunction with Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and in line with the international requirements of the WHO (World Health Organisation). 

Note that these COVID-19 Tourism Guidelines may be subject to change as circumstances develop.  Wild Zambezi will endeavour to provide up to date information when available. 

 

On 1st December 2021, a Zimbabwe Government Statutory Instrument (SI) 267 of 2021 announced some changes to the rules for visitors and returning residents entering Zimbabwe through its major airports.  The changes concerned requirements for additional PCR testing and mandatory quarantine.   

 

NOTE THAT TO DATE THESE CHANGES HAVE NOT YET BEEN IMPLEMENTED.  

 

WE WILL ADVISE AS SOON AS WE RECEIVE UPDATES ON THE SITUATION.

 

In the meantime, the actual entry protocols that have been followed over the last few weeks have been as follows:- 

 

Zimbabwe’s international airports (Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls) remain open for travellers subject to the following conditions:-

  • All passengers are required to complete a COVID-19 contact-tracing document on arrival (see copy of an example form below).
  • All passengers arriving at an International Airport must present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours before departure, in line with WHO guidelines. If officials believe a traveller is symptomatic, they may be required to undergo a further PCR test on arrival, regardless of the negative certificate, and at their own cost.
  • All travellers arriving through the Kazungula, Botswana, Livingstone or Victoria Falls border are required to present a valid vaccination certificate as well as a negative PCR certificate issued within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe. Children between five and 18 years of age only need to hold a negative PCR certificate.
  • At all international airports, a Port Health or Airport official will take passengers’ temperatures. Anyone recording a normal temperature (lower than 38°C) will be free to go.
  • Anyone recording a temperature equal to or higher than 38°C will be required to have a PCR COVID-19 test at their own cost.
  • Travellers who test positive must then go into a local designated isolation centre for 10 days if they have no symptoms, or 13 days if they are symptomatic. Isolation is at the traveller’s expense.
  • After isolation, travellers will need to be retested before they are provided with release documents and permitted to travel home or on to their next destination. 
  • Travellers must adhere to World Health Organization COVID-19 standard practices at all times. This is includes maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask in public and practising personal hygiene.
  • Domestic airline travellers are not required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate, but are expected to follow WHO COVID-19 guidelines at hospitality and recreational facilities (social distancing, wearing a mask and hand sanitizing etc).
  • Visitors are allowed to travel countrywide in Zimbabwe without restriction.  It is advisable to carry a copy of their travel booking as confirmation of transit.
  • A dedicated national toll-free ‘2023’ helpline and call centre is available for information about COVID-19 to travellers.
  • On departure tourists can obtain COVID-19 certificates from the approved laboratories. 

 

The following restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19:-

  • Wearing of masks, social distancing, and hands sanitizing must be observed all times when in public places.
  • Business operating hours - 07.00hrs - 19.00hrs.
  • Curfew between 21.00hrs and 06.00hrs (with exemption for essential services)
  • Restaurants are open for sit-in customers between business hours only (07.00hrs and 19.00hrs) subject to the production of proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and strict adherance to COVID protocols.   
  • Licensed bars, and nightclubs may operate between business hourse only (07.00hrs and 19.00hrs) for clients who have proof of full vaccination only, and with all WHO COVID protocols observed. 
  • Bottlestores are open between business hours only (07.00hrs and 19.00hrs) but no drinking is allowed on the premises).
  • Cinemas, theatres and art galleries are open to  clients on proof of full vaccination.
  • Sporting activities are allowed between subject to strict adherance to COVID protocols and on proof of full vaccination.
  • Gyms, spas and fitness centres are open to clients on proof of full vaccination. 
  • Where proof of full vaccination is required as a condition of entry, if a client can present a valid, negative PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test undertaken within 48 hours of entry, this will be acceptable in place of proof of vaccination, at the discretion of the owner/proprietor.

Zimbabwe's land borders remain closed for visitors, but are open for limited commercial traffic, diplomats and returning residents.  Currently, visitors are allowed to cross the road borders (from Kasane or Livingstone) on proof of vaccination against COVID-19 PLUS a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognised facility, and obtained within 48 hours before departure.  (Children between 5 and 18 are allowed to enter with the negative PCR test only).  Those who are not vaccinated are ONLY allowed across land borders near Victoria Falls if they are in transit for departure the same day out of Victoria Falls International Airport.  They must provide a printed version of their departure flight on that day.

 

Please note that the Covid-19 information above is applicable as at 11th January 2022, and is subject to change depending on any new Statutory Instruments issued.

 

 

2.  TRAVELLERS' HEALTH SURVEILLANCE FORM All passengers arriving in Zimbabwe need to complete one of these forms issued by Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health & Child Care.  

 

3.  AIRLINE PASSENGERS TRANSITING TO ZIMBABWE THROUGH A SOUTH AFRICAN AIRPORT.  Transit travellers through South Africa by air are allowed to connect to their destinations, "subject to them complying with South Africa's applicable health protocols."    For more info, see the FAQs for South Africa's COVID-19 Health and Safety entry requirements.

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