Visas, Entry Points and Borders

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VISAS

Citizens of  most Southern African (SADC) countries (including South Africa) do not require visas to enter Zimbabwe.  Other passport holders do need visas, which can usually be purchased at your point of entry. Be patient when dealing with officialdom at entry points. Expect delays.

Canadian passports: Single entry only: US$75

British and Irish passports:Single entry: US$55 (or equivalent in SARands or Pounds); Double entry:  US$$70.

Other passports (USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand).  Single entry US$30 (or equivalent in SA Rands or Pounds); Double entry US$45 (or equivalent). 

For more detailed information about visas and costs for Zimbabwe see this Wild Zambezi.com link:

ZIMBABWE VISA INFORMATION 

or the Zimbabwe immigration website visa link www.evisa.gov.zw

Note that citizens of some countries (Category C) need to apply for visas in advance.  They can do this online at www.evisa.gov.zw or at the nearest Zimbabwean Embassy

KAZA UNI-VISA:   This very useful visa allows visitors to stay in either Zimbabwe or Zambia (or both) for up to 30 days for a single payment of US$50.   This saves time and money and enables much easier travel between the two countries (e.g. at Victoria Falls/Livingstone). It also covers people who want to enter Botswana for day-trips from Victoria Falls through the Kazangula border.   The KAZA Uni-visa is available on request at Victoria Falls, Harare, Livingstone, Lusaka ports of entry in Zimbabwe and Zambia and Kazungula border post.  Unfortunately it is not yet available (or accepted) at either Chirundu or Kariba border posts.

SPECIAL COVID-19 REGULATIONS
Please take time to read our Wild Zambezi COVID-19 Travel Advice page which lists Zimbabwe's current COVID-19 Travel Guidelines, and includes a copy of the Travellers Forms which need to be completed by all incoming travellers. 
 

ENTRY POINTS & BORDER TIMES

The main airport points of entry into Zimbabwe for visitors are at Harare, Victoria Falls and Bulawayo International Airports.

Access by road is via borderposts at Beitbridge (from South Africa), Plumtree or Kasane (from Botswana), Kazangula (from Zambia & Botswana), Victoria Falls, Kariba Dam and Chirundu (from Zambia), Mutare and Nyamapanda (from Mozambique).

The road borderposts in the Zambezi area are open at the following times:

Victoria Falls Bridge:  6.00a.m. - 10.00p.m.
Kazangula Border: 6.00a.m. - 8.00 p.m. 
Kazangula Bridge: 6.00a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Kariba Dam: 6.00a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Chirundu Bridge: 6.00a.m. - 6.00 p.m

Be careful not to arrive just before closing time. You may not be allowed through, even if there are still some minutes to go.

If you require some assistance in getting through the borderposts at Beitbridge, Victoria Falls, Kariba or Chirundu, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has representatives who will assist (during working hours).  This service is free of charge.  Contact them in advance as follows:-

ZTA Beitbridge:- 
Area Manager: Bertha Mutowembwa   berthamuto@gmail.com   Mobile: +263 772 344317
or  Collins  - Mobile +263 783 599432.  ZTA official Tel +263 286 23640/1/2/3.
PLEASE NOTE that this assistance is NOT a 24-hour service.  The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority staff at Beitbridge work to ordinary office hours (8.00a.m. – 4.00p.m. Monday – Friday).  They are not available outside these hours nor at weekends.

Crossing Beitbridge is a very useful Facebook Page providing helpful information about the processes required in making a border crossing into Zimbabwe from South Africa at Beitbridge borderpost.  Their general guidelines below will assist you with how the process works at the border.

Victoria Falls:- Lindarose Ntuli – Mobile: +263 772 409373

ZTA Kariba (for crossing at Kariba or Chirundu)
Contact: Tapiwa Mpofu: ztakariba@ztazim.co.zw or tmpofu57@gmail.com
Mobile: +263 776 235500 

 

Crossing borders in a Private Car
1. Report to ZINARA to buy Bridge Toll Fees (Beitbridge) & obtain a Gatepass
2. Report to Immigration.
(a) Returning Resident hand in passport together with gatepass.
(b) Tourist – Fill in Immigration Form 1 and if applicable apply and pay for VISAS.
3. Fill in Temporary Import Permit (Foreign Registered Cars)
(a) Approach Zimra officers for confirmation of vehicle details.
(b) Go to Zimra counter to pay:
(i) Carbon tax (US$30)
(ii) Third Party Insurance (US$30 per month or US$50 for 3 months)
(iii) Road Access (US$10 single trip).
4. Returning Residents and locals pay Road Access Fees at Zimra counters.
5. Both Tourists and Returning Residents go to ZRP Police Post for inward vetting of papers by Police. You need to present:
(a) Certificate of Registration for the car
(b) Authority to drive car across the border if car is not owned the driver.
(c) Gate pass.
(d) Processed Temporary Import Permit for tourists/visitors
(e) Receipt for Road Access Fees for Returning Residents/Locals.
(f) Receipts for Customs duties if you have paid for any duties.
6. Release Stage:
(a) Green Route – No goods to declare/goods imported with a value not exceeding the duty free allowance of USD200.00 per person per calendar month.
Release is done after verification by Compliance Officers at Arrivals by stamping of declaration form.

Red Route – Duty Calculation/Controlled or Commercial goods.
(b)Release is done after verification by Compliance Officers at Arrivals by stamping of declaration form and/or duty receipt.

Comments (5)

COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT SIZE IF ANY MUST YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR VEHICLE BE WHEN TRANPORTING FUEL CANNISTERS. WE HAVE A FOAM EXTINGUISHER. MANY THANKS LETITIA

Letitia Cooper6 August 2022
Thank you for your inquiry. You will find the answer to your question (and many other details about self-driving in Zimbabwe) at the following link posted by Big Sky:- https://bigsky.co.zw/travel-advice-for-motorists-visiting-zimbabwe-june-2018 . (You can also download a PDF of their advice at the end of the linked page). Although the travel advice article is dated 2018, it has been updated and is relevant in 2022. Wishing you safe travels and a wonderful holiday! WILD ZAMBEZI

Can I buy a Temp Import permit on line before I enter Zim and if so through who ?

Brett Ferguson5 June 2022
Sadly, we believe that the only way to obtain a temporary import permit is at the border. We are advised that currently there is no method of accessing them online.

what charges are there at the boarder when driving your own car what will it cost i am a south african with gauteng number plates

Warren Bass11 November 2019
You will find a great deal of useful information about border charges on the Crossing Beitbridge Facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/crossingbeitbridge/ We suggest you have a browse through there for the latest tariffs. Hope you will find what you want. WILD ZAMBEZI

Is the Pandamatenga border post no longer open? I don't see it mentioned and we are hoping to use it later in June 2018. Best regards

Joanna Wright 7 June 2018
This borderpost is indeed still open and is a very quiet place to enter Zimbabwe. The only reason that it isn't referred to in our Travel Advice on WildZambezi.com is that it is in the Hwange area which is outside our area of focus (we are exclusively focused on the wild areas of the Zambezi River). But it's quite fine and a good choice for entry. Good luck and have a wonderful time! WILD ZAMBEZI

Can I purchase a Kaza visa upon my entry into Zimbabwe from Kasane Botswana?

Robert Peterson30 May 2018
Hi Robert. Yes, we believe you can at the moment (May 2018). Wild Zambezi.

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