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Risk Ratings  

    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Zimbabwe
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Zimbabwe

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Land borders remain closed.
- International flights from regional destinations are operating on a limited basis.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All travellers will be required to show a negative PCR certificate issued within 48 hours of departure.
- Effective June 14, 2021, travelers arriving from or who have transited COVID “hot spots” while traveling to Zimbabwe will undergo another COVID-19 test upon arrival, at the traveler’s expense, regardless of the results of the test obtained by the person prior to travel.
- If travellers present symptoms upon arrival, regardless of a negative test, they will be held until the results of a new COVID-19 test are known. Those who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility for 14 days.
- The Government of Zimbabwe requires returning residents to either have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within the previous 48 hours or to get tested upon arrival and remain in a government holding facility while awaiting the results.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
- Non-resident visitors entering Zimbabwe will be subject to a ten-day self-isolation, while those who arrived or transited India are subject for 10-days isolation in designated quarantine centers.
- Those who fail to present a negative PCR test or display symptoms upon arrival are required to quarantine at government designated facilities at travellers' own cost.
- Returning residents will be required to self-quarantine at home for a period specified by the local authorities.
- Returning Zimbabwe nationals and residents can complete the 14-day isolation at home on the condition that a negative PCR test can be provided.
- Immigrants who test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in the country will now be put on home quarantine.
- A rapid response team will conduct random check-in during the isolation period.
- Travelers arriving from, or who transited, India would be placed in a government facility if positive for COVID upon arrival to Zimbabwe, or in a government-designated hotel if tested negative on arrival.
(Until further notice)
On arrival, travellers must provide information to the authorities to conduct track and trace activities, if required.
(Until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes/No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
- International flights to regional destinations are operating on a limited basis.
- Land borders remain closed.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
A PCR test certificate valid for a maximum of 72 hours prior to departing the country is required. Passengers who do not present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate on arrival will be detained at a holding facility until they can be tested for COVID‑19.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
- The lockdown system is based on a four-tier risk management system (with Level 4 the most stringent). The country remains at Level 2 and has been extended indefinitely.
- A nationwide curfew is now in place from 22.30 to 05.00. The authorities have also announced a localised lockdown in parts of Mashonaland West Province until at least 25 June.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- According to the UK FCO, if you are travelling to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport from outside Harare, you will need to get an authorisation letter from your local police station. Take your confirmed flight ticket and your passport with you.
- Domestic flights have resumed on a limited basis.
- Security checkpoints have been established in urban centres to ensure compliance with government orders.
- Movement to and from Kwekwe district in the Midlands province and Hurungwe and Kariba districts in Mashonaland West province is restricted due to the local lockdown in place in these districts.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures

People are required to wear protective masks at all times when outside their homes.
All gatherings, except for funerals are prohibited
(Until further notice)
The government has recently passed legislation mandating up to one year’s imprisonment for those who fail to comply with the latter measure
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on business:
Public and private offices are limited to 50% capacity.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


COVID-19 is a pandemic. All areas are likely to experience an outbreak and disruption. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely.

Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Zimbabwe

COVID-19 information for Zimbabwe

Dedicated COVID-19 website


The principal travel security concerns for business travellers relate to crime, social unrest, road traffic accidents and obstructive or intrusive behaviour on the part of the authorities. Crime levels are well below those of South Africa, but are anecdotally increasing due to rising levels of poverty and poorly paid security force elements resorting to crime to boost their income. The country's public transport infrastructure is limited and not suitable for business travellers. Road conditions and driving standards are poor. Overland travel requires sensible journey management planning and should only be conducted during daylight hours in a vehicle in good condition.

Low-level political violence predominantly occurs in rural locations, though major urban centres may periodically be affected by the occasional break-out of unrest and a resultant crack-down by security forces; this poses primarily incidental risks to foreign travellers. The political environment remains fragile and travellers should be highly sensitive to prevalent tensions. Security force personnel should be treated with patience and respect and any criticism of the authorities should be avoided. Surveillance by the intelligence services is possible at border posts, government facilities and major hotels. Significant political developments, including elections and issues surrounding presidential succession, could trigger instability and a sudden deterioration in the security environment.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Zimbabwe
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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