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 (Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls) are open for travellers subject to the following conditions:-

  • All passengers arriving at an International Airport into Zimbabwe are required to complete Health Questionnaires detailing where they have travelled to and providing personal details for COVID-19 tracking purposes (see copy of form below).
  • All passengers arriving at an International Airport into Zimbabwe must present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognised facility, and obtained within 48 hours before departure from their home country.
  • Travellers with fake COVID-19 documents will attract custodial sentences.
  • NO QUARANTINE IS REQUIRED for visitors entering Zimbabwe by air (unless they show symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, in which case they will be required to isolate for 10 days at their own expense - see below).
  • On arrival, all passengers will be temperature checked. 
  • Travellers showing a normal temperature  (below 38°C), no symptoms and a valid PCR COVID-19 negative certificate are 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 isolation, travellers will need to be retested before they are permitted to travel home or on to their next destination. 
  • Upon clearance to enter Zimbabwe tourists are expected to follow WHO COVID-19 guidelines at hospitality and recreational facilities (social distancing, wearing a mask and hand sanitizing etc).
  • Domestic 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 remain 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.
  • Gatherings are permitted up to a maximum of 100 persons, subject to strict adherance to COVID protocols.
  • Restaurants are open for sit-in customers between 8.00hrs and 22.00 hrs  subject to the production of proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and strict adherance to COVID protocols.   
  • Bars in hotels/lodges may operate between 8.00hrs and 2200hrs. All other bars, night clubs and beerhalls remain closed.
  • Cinemas, theatres and art galleries are open to  clients on proof of full vaccination.
  • Sporting activities are allowed 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.
  • Business operating time is the period between 0800hrs and 19.00hrs
  • Curfew is between 22.00hrs and 05.30hrs.

Zimbabwe's land borders remain closed for visitors, but are open for limited commercial traffic, diplomats and returning residents.  The exception is at Victoria Falls, where visitors are allowed to cross the road borders (from Kasane or Livingstone) on proof of vaccination against COVID-19. However, they must also present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognised facility, and obtained within 48 hours before departure. 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 these Covid-19 guidelines are applicable as at 17th September 2021, and are subject to change depending on the Statutory Instruments issued at a given time period

 

 

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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