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. 

 

Zimbabwe’s international airports are open for travellers subject to the following conditions:-

  • All passengers arriving at an International Airport into Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls) must present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours before departure from their home country.
  • All passengers are required to complete a COVID-19 contact-tracing Health Questionnaire on arrival (see copy below).
  • On arrival, all passengers will be temperature checked. 
  • Anyone showing a normal temperature  (below 38°C), no symptoms and a valid PCR COVID-19 negative certificate is free to proceed.
  • Anyone recording a temperature equal to or higher than 38°C will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense at a facility within the airport, even if they have a negative certificate.  (This costs around US$60 and may take up to 4-5 hours to process).   If a traveller tests positive, they will then need to go into mandatory local isolation for ten days. Isolation is at the traveller's own expense. After quarantine, travellers will need to be retested before they are permitted to travel home or on to their next destination. 
  • Travellers who arrive from or transit through India (or any other country officially listed as a “hotspot” by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health) on their way to Zimbabwe will be required to quarantine for 10 days at their own expense.
  • Upon clearance to enter Zimbabwe all travellers are expected to follow WHO COVID-19 guidelines at all times - social distancing, wearing a mask and hand sanitizing.
  • Domestic travellers are not required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate, but are expected to follow WHO COVID-19 guidelines at all times - social distancing, wearing a mask and hand sanitizing.

 

Land borders remain closed for visitors, but are open for limited commercial traffic, diplomats and returning residents.  In Victoria Falls, visitors are allowed across the road borders (from Kasane or Livingstone) ONLY 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.

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS : In addition to the above, some restrictions are in place in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as follows:- 

NOTE:  these are applicable as at 15 June 2021, are subject to change and will be updated accordingly. 

  • Hotspot areas – some parts of the country are subject to stricter lockdown restrictions (currently KweKwe, Kariba and Karoi/Hurungwe District).  A curfew is in place in these areas between 1900 hrs and 0600 hrs.  However visitors are allowed to transit through these areas if they can satisfy enforcement officers that they will not stop in the town.  (We suggest that all travellers carry a copy of their travel booking as confirmation of transit).  
  • Public transport  (limited passengers, strict hygiene measures)
  • Public food establishments and restaurants are open only for take-aways.  No sit-down meals.
  • Gatherings (including meetings/workshops) prohibited except for funerals (which are restricted to 30 people max).
  • Business hours restricted to the period 0800 hrs – 1800hrs
  • All beer-halls, night clubs closed.  Bottled stores open from 1000 hrs – 1600 hrs. No drinking on the premises.  Bars in hotels/lodges etc to close at 2200 hrs.

 

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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