Visitor information for Zimbabwe
Before visiting Zimbabwe, please note:
Entry requirements: All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. There should be sufficient blank pages for entry stamps upon arrival.
Nationals of the following countries will be issued a visa on payment at port of entry:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cook Islands, Denmark, Dominica Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana (no charge), Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Palau Island, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico (USA), Seychelles, Spain, State of Palestine, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, USA, UK, Uruguay, Vatican and Virgin islands (USA).
Vehicle Entry: All vehicles entering Zimbabwe should have teh following documentation:
- Original Vehicle Registration Papers
- Letter from the vehicle owner authorizing teh driver to use his/her vehicle
- Insurance (available from AA or at most Border Posts)
- Police Clearance Certificate
- Pay Carbon Tax and Road Access Fee at the Border Posts:
- ALL vehicles must have 2 triangle, a fire extinguisher, a reflective vest for teh driver, silver bumoer reflectors on teh front bumper and red reflectors on the rear bumper.
- ALL trailers must have T-stickers on the front and back of teh left-hand fender.
- These are available at the AA and most 4X4 stores.
PLEASE NOTE that the above information is subject to change and should be checked with the relevant authorities prior to travel.
Currency: The Zimbabwean unit of currency is the United States dollar (US$) is now commonly in use and accepted throughout Zimbabwe. Most retail outlets accept the US$ as primary currency for trading, but take several small bills (US$1) as there is no smaller denomination in operation. You may receive change in South African Rands (ZAR).
Documents: Remember to obtain an international driver’s license/permit before arrival.
Health: It is crucial that you obtain malaria prophylactics before entering Zimbabwe. When purchasing these, please tell your doctor or pharmacist which areas in Zimbabwe you intend visiting. Start your course at least 24 hours before entering Zimbabwe and continue taking the pills for 6 weeks after leaving the country. If you suffer from side-effects, try taking your malaria prophylactics after dinner, as this usually minimises the effect of the symptoms. Precautionary measures that you can take to prevent contact with mosquitoes are: sleeping under a bed net or in a room/tent with mosquito proofing (remember to keep the flaps zipped at all times); spraying your accommodation with insecticide; making use of a mosquito-repelling lotion or stick; and wearing long-sleeved clothing, long trousers and socks when outside at night. Any person entering Zimbabwe from, or via, a yellow fever or cholera infected area must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever and/or cholera.
Language: English is the official language of Zimbabwe although it is only the first language of about 2% of the population. Other indigenous languages spoken include Shona and Ndebele.
When to go: Zimbabwe is a year-round destination. However there are seasons that special interest groups should note:
- For high adventure enthusiasts, white water rafting is most exciting when the Zambezi waters are low, generally from August to December.
IMPORTANT: Travellers should have all documents in form of a photocopies with themselves at all times!