Travel Advice for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
Capital: Harare

Time Zone GMT + 2
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 263
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
General emergencies - 999 Police - 995, Ambulance - 994, Fire - 993.
Tourist
Information
Zimbabwe Tourist Development Corporation (ZTDC), PO Box 8052, corner of Jason Moyo Avenue and Fourth Street, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe Tel: (4) 793 666
Fax: (4) 793 669.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all with at least 6 months from date of entry. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except: nationals of E.U. countries (except nationals of Finland, Portugal and Greece who do need a visa.) Nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, French Overseas Territories, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, St Kitts & Nevis, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and Zambia. NOTE: Citizens of the former Yugoslavia should contact the Zimbabwean diplomatic representation in order to obtain up to date information on visa requirements.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists in certain areas throughout the year in the Falciparum variety. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera and Rabies. Incidence of AIDS is high, Visitors should seek medical advice before travelling.
Food
& Drink
Piped water in urban areas is considered drinkable. Normal precautions should be observed with food. In rural areas water is untreated and not safe to drink. All fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Zimbabwe Dollar (Z$) = 100 cents.
Exchange: Major currencies at hotels and banks.. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to Z$500.
American Express, Diners Club and Visa are all widely accepted. Banks and major hotels will exchange Travellers cheques. US dollars are the preferred form of currency.
ATM availability: Over 75 locations.
Cost of
Living
Lower prices can be found away from the tourist centres if you are willing to live simply.
Languages English, Shona and Ndebele.
Weather Set - Oct = Hot, dry season. Rainy season = Nov to Mar. Best time to visit = Apr - May and Aug - Sept
Electricity 220/240 Volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post Up to 1 week to Europe by airmail.
Transport FLIGHTS: Domestic flights run between the main cities.
ROADS: Excellent road network.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required and vehicle identification.
BUS: Services are provided in most parts of the country.
NOTE: If you are white and use the rural bus services you may provoke attention.
RAIL: Daily between the main cities.
Special
Information
HIGH RISK: There have been serious violent incidents connected with high political tension including attacks on white by-standers and illegal mass occupation of white owned land by supporters of the ruling party. Some white farmers have been kinapped and murdered, one of them outside a police station, therefore police protection cannot be guaranteed. Visitors are advised to keep a low political profile if they do decide to visit and to avoid large crowds and demonstrations as they could turn violent without warning. Check the local sitution particularly before visiting rural areas. Petty crime is prevalent in Harare. Be carefull at ATM machines. Backpackers are at risk in the main tourist areas. Visitors should exercise extreme caution if travelling in eastern and southern areas due to severe flooding damage from January to March.