Border Visa for Bus Travel

by JG
(NZ)

We are entering Zim from Joberg on an Intercape bus. I was on the understanding as a Cat.B country (NZ) we could get the visa at the border but intercape have informed "All your documentation must be in order when you get on our bus. we do not wait at the borders for passengers to get visa’s."
Can you advise how to get a visa before, there is no consulate in NZ.

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Dec 11, 2014
Visa's for Intercape
by: Tony

Hello JG

Yes categpory B passport holders can get the visa's at the border post.
Intercape obviously dont't want delays at the border which is ridiculous because the delays are normally very lengthly anyway as the queues can be very long. Issuing of a visa is a quick process and takes about 10 minutes and you can go to a spearate counter which means that you actually avoid the long queues which in effect means you will be faster than all the other passengers.

However if that is an intercape requirement then I am not sure what you can do. If you turned up at the station without a visa in your passport will they not allow you on the bus?
If they don't check then I would risk it, I can tell you which counter to go to to get the visa quickly if you are going through Beitbridge.
If you want to get the visa beforehand then your closest consulate is in Australia where you will have to send you passport to. There is an online e-visa application but I have not heard of anyone as yet being successful with that. but you can apply via this link https://www.evisa.gov.zw/

Aug 21, 2015
Zimbabwe Visa confusion
by: Mary little

Taking tour 2 nights in Zimbabwe then 2 nights in Botswana then straight from Safari to Victoria falls airport what will the visa requirement be. I am from UK

Aug 25, 2015
Visa Clarification
by: Tony

You need to buy a double entry visa on arrival in Zimbabwe - this will cover your first entry and also when you return from Botswana to catch your flight out.

Botswana you do not need any visas.

The univisa, although allowing you as many entry and exits you like into Zimbabwe does not cater for overnight stays outside of the country. Hence why I have said the double entry.

If you plan on going across to Zambia for the day then you would need to buy another single entry visa.

The above information is for UK passport holders. The double entry visa will cost $70 and a single entry $55

Nov 03, 2015
KAZA UNIVISA
by: Michael

I will be travelling to Victoria falls from South Africa using intercape bus via the Bulawayo over night train in May next year.
I will be looking into doing a day trip over to Botswana and returning to Victoria Falls before travelling through to Zambia.
As I understand it I will have to buy a single-entry Zimbabwe visa at the South Africa border then whilst on my return from Botswana, at the Kazangula land Border, I shall be able to buy the KAZA visa.
Im wondering if its possible to purchase the KAZA UNIVISA from any other entry points(Except from those stated) or at other locations before hand?
Im travelling with a British passport
Thank you

Dec 11, 2015
Which Zimbabwe visa to get
by: Tony

Hi Michael

You have not said whether you are returning to Zimbabwe after travelling through Zambia. If you are not then buy a double entry visa at Beitbridge, this will cover your first entry and your return from Botswana. If you are coming back to Zim after Zambia that's 3 entries so do as you have said and buy single entry followed by the Kaza at Kazangula.
The Kaza Visa is not available at Beitbridge.

Jul 18, 2016
travelling to kingdom hotel from kasane
by: Anonymous

hello. I am a Botswana citizen who will be travelling from kasane to the Kingdom Hotel (Victoria Falls). what documents do I need and is there a fee to be paid?

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Zimbabwe Visa from Thailand

by John waith
(Uk)

I want to travel to Zimbabwe from Thailand , do I need a visa before I leave Thailand ?

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Nov 26, 2014
Yes you need to apply beforehand
by: Tony

Hello

If you have a Thailand passport then you fit into Category C which means that you need to apply for a visa before you travel. I cannot be obtained at the port of entry.
Please check our webpage - Zimbabawe Visa You will see on that page that you can apply online through an e-visa, but I honestly don't know how efficient that service is

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When and where should we obtain our Zimbabwe visa?

Hello,
My husband and I are visiting Victoria Falls next February (2015) and are undecided as to whether we should get our Zimbabwe visa (double entry as we are visiting Chobe) from the Zimbabwe embassy in London before we travel or wait until we arrive at Victoria Falls airport. I understand that the visa is cheaper at the airport however as we are travelling independently we do not want any surprises!
Many thanks, Lindsay

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Sep 22, 2014
Getting a Zimbabwe visa before travel
by: Tony

The only reason that it can be an advantage to get a visa prior to travel is that occassionally they will expidite you through the immiigration queue if you already have a visa...but not always. There is not a separate queue for those with visas and those without, only queues for locals who don't require and internationl who do require. But sometimes they can come along and move you forward. Having said that if you are booked on a transfer then the chances are you are going to have to wait for everyone anyway negating you getting through earlier. So you potentially might save yourself 30 minutes and with this in mind I persoanlly rather hold onto my passport and not send it off somewhere. plus the extra costs of couriers etc

If you live in London and easy to get to the Zim Embassy then maybe it's worth it? But there will NOT be any surprise when you get here. They process hundreds of these visa's everday and I have never heard of there ever being a problem.

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Chobe day trip visa requirements.

I'm planning on flying straight to Victoria Falls and doing a day trip to Chobe on one of the days. Do I have to purchase a double entry visa into Zimbabwe together with a single entry visa into Botswana? What would the overall price of that be, and how do you get the cash for that when ATMs only issue rand? (and I am not American so don't have cash handy.)

Thank you for your help!

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Sep 18, 2014
Paying for Zimbabwe visa
by: Anthony

Hi Jenny

Unfortunately you have not told me where you are from so I can't tell you how much your visa will cost you but you can have a look at this page for the prices Zimbabwe Visa

Yes the best plan is to buy a double entry Zimbabwe visa on arrival this will cover your initial entry into the country and also when you return from Botswana. You might need to get a visa for Botswana depends on where you are from but their list of countries requiring visas is a lot less. If you reply with your country I can tell you.

Maybe you are meaning ATM's in South Africa only issue Rand but ATM's in Zimbabwe issue US$ but there are no ATM's at the airport before you have to buy your visa. So you need to bring cash with you. They will accept US$, Sterling, Rand or Euros, so I am sure you can bring one of those currencies with you

Sep 18, 2014
where Im from...
by: Anonymous

Hi! Thanks for answering my question. Sorry I meant to say that Im from the UK. Hopefully it won't be too pricey visa-wise...

Sep 19, 2014
Uk Visa fro Zimbabwe and Botswana
by: Tony

UK passport holder do not need a visa to get into Botswana so that's good news.

For a double entry into Zimbabwe it costs $70 or if you are paying in sterling I think its £45.

Hope that helps

Sep 22, 2014
Zambia side...
by: Anonymous

What about if I were to go into Zambia? Would I need to pay extra for that too?
Is it true that both devils pool and microlight flights can only be accessed from the Zambia side?

Sep 22, 2014
Day trips to Zambia
by: Tony

Yes Devils Pool and micro light can only be accessed from Zambia.

You would need to buy a day tripper visa when entering Zambia. This costs $20 per person and then when you enter Zimbabwe again you would have to buy another single entry visa at $55, because you would have used up your double entry. Unfortunately you cannot buy a multiple entry visa so you have to get the double and the single if you are entering the county 3 times

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visa

by Ravithi
(Windhoek)

How to apply for visa for indian national to visit vic falls?

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Sep 18, 2014
Indian Visa for Zimbabwe
by: Tony

India is Category C: Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling. Unfortunately this is a bit of a pain, but you have to apply through an agency or the Zimbabwe High Commission in your home country. Zimbabwe immigration have launched a website where Category C's can now apply online. Click on this link eVisa Zimbabwe

Note:
From the feedback I get the online application system is not working out so well, but if you have plenty of time before you travel then give it a try, otherwise you just have to apply through the Zimbabwe embassy in India. Sorry but there is no other way

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Getting from Zim to Zam or Zam to Zim

by Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Einfeldt
(Kimberley, South Africa)

We are thinking of a trip to the Falls, and wondered if we can easily get from one side to the other, and if we hired a car, would we be allowed across the border, as long as later in our visit we returned the car to wherever we hired from? Is it cheaper to hire a car at the airport or in town, and would that be in Vic Falls or Livingstone? As we understand it, the falls is best viewed from Zimbabwe side but accommodation is more plentiful and cheaper in Zambia. Cost IS an issue. We would be coming from Johannesburg but with American passports. Does either country require a visa for US citizens? Is there an INEXPENSIVE package we could get with flight and hotel all together? We do not need a FANCY hotel. Only decent accommodation for this (cold) time of year.
Thank you.

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Jun 23, 2014
Replies to questions
by: Tony

Hi There

It is easy to get from one side to the other but not by hire car. Hiring a car and taking it across the border would be problematic, involve lots of paperwork and be expensive. You can either cross the border by walking, taking a taxi or arranging a transfer. A transfer is by far the easiest and hassle free option, to give you an idea of cost a transfer from Livingstone airport to a hotel in Zimbabwe will cost you $24 per person.
The Falls are best viewed from Zimbabwe and there is plenty of accommodation on the Zimbabwean side of all sorts from budget to luxury, the hotels are much better located in Zimbabwe than they are in Zambia. The accommodation is actually cheaper in Zimbabwe on the whole than Zambia, so I am not sure where you are getting your information from, but it is a little inacurate.
On US passports you will require visas for both countries. and you need each time you enter the country you will need another visa or you must make sure that you buyt a double entry visa when you forst arrive.
There is quite a bit to understand before you get here and we have a lot of in depth information on this website that will cover most of the questions you are looking for. A good starting point is here Victoria Falls Information

If you are looking at packages including flights, we have some detailed on this page Victoria Falls Packages.

I hope that is useful


Jun 15, 2015
Walking across the bridge from Zim to Zam and back
by: Denis Spector

Hi,
I want to walk across the Vic Falls bridge from Zimbabwe into Zambia and back again on the same day.
Can you access the viewing paths and go down to the base of the falls on the Zambian side without having to go through the Zambian border post? In other words, will I need to get a Zambia visa in addition to the one-day re-entry visa into Zimbabwe? Costs?
Thanks.
Denis Spector

Jun 16, 2015
You need to go through immigration
by: Tony

Hi Denis

No you cannot access the paths into the gorge on the Zambian side before going through the Zambian immigration. Although the bridge between the countries is no mans land once you are on Zambian soil and have not gone through Immigration this would be highly illegal and if caught you would face quite serious charges.
You can acces the gorges onn the Zimbabwe side if you wish and there are activityies like the batoka gorge hike that will take you donw there and swim under the Falls at certain time sof the year.
Check whether your country is allowed to obtain a UNIVISA - because this allows you entry into both countries for the once off price of $50. You don't need to buy additional visas.

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Visas for canadians

Arriving zim then going to chobe for day then returning to zim. Can you please advise how to obtain visas and cost for two canadians. Thank you

Answer:
By Tony

Canadians can only buy single entry visas. So you will need to buy a visa when you first land in Victoria falls @ $75 each. Then when you re-enter Zimnbabwe after your Chobe trip you buy another single entry visa at $75 each. so your total cost per person will be $150

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Multi entry visas for Zimbabwe

by Cheryl
(Hingham, MA USA)

On this site, the info seems conflicting. WE are flying into VF and taking a full day trip to Chobe so we will need a multiple entry visa. Can we get his on arrival? The info on this site is conflicting:


If you have purchased a single entry visa upon arrival and then decide to leave Zimbabwe, even for a few hours, you will need to buy another visa to re-enter Zimbabwe. In this instance you should buy a double entry visa upon arrival, it works out cheaper.
NB - Multiple Entry Visas - cannot be obtained at the port of entry into Zimbabwe. You may enter Zimbabwe on a single entry visa and then obtain a Multiple Entry Visa from the town office - but this may take up to 7 working days to be issued.

One says you can get a double entry on arrival and the other says multiple entry visas CANNOT be obtained at the port of entry. We are leaving NEXT WEEK. Can we get the double entry on arrival?

Answer:
By Tony
Sorry if you have found the information conflicting. There is a difference between a double entry visa (which allows you 2 entries and a Multiple entry visa (which allows you 3 or more entries) - they are not the same thing .
So you can buy a double entry at the border (2 entries) but you CANNOT buy a multiple entry (3 or more entries)
Hope that clarifies things

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Victoria Falls border / parks opening hours

by Justyna
(Warsaw, Poland)

Hello Boo and Tony,

First of all I must say I really loved your website and found it extremely helpful!

As we will be visiting VF in May(staying in Livingstone and for 24 hrs only - I know it's a pity), we are trying to figure out the best way to visit both sides. Do you happen to know the opening hours of both parks and border posts?

Thanks in advance and regards from Poland,

Justyna

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Apr 08, 2014
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by: Tony

Hi Justyna

So pleased that you have found our website useful.

The border post between Zimbabwe and Zambia across the bridge opens at 6am and closes at 10pm.

The Victoria Falls National Park – Entrance to the Falls:
(Summer 15th August to 14th May; Opens 06h00 - Closes 18h00)
(Winter 15th May to 14th August; Opens 06h30 - Closes 18h00)

I hope that you manage to sort it out

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Purchasing Multiple Visas

by Michael
(Oregon, USA)

Hello,
I will be traveling with a group of U.S. and Australian citizens. Our travel plans require a total of 3 entries into Zimbabwe, but we are not able to get a multiple entry visa ahead of time due to time constraints. Is it possible to purchase a double entry visa at the airport in Harare, and simply purchase a new single entry visa when we cross the border again? We are hoping to do a day trip into Zambia and a Day trip to Chobe, but want to be sure we can purchase a new visa to get back to our hotel in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe.

Thanks for the help!

Answer:
(By Tony)

Hello Michael

Yes you can do exactly as you have stated no problem. Buy the double entry on arrival and then another single entry, this is perfectly accepted. If there are any Canadians with you they can only buy a single entry @ $75 each (they would have to buy 3 of these)

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Visa for South Américan passport holder

by Xavier
(Lima, Perú)

I want to visit Zimbawe and Victoria Falls and i red that because i have a passport in a C category, i have to obtein a visa on advance because i cannot obtein it upon arrival, is this correct. So if this is true, can i tramit a visa over the internet or can a hotel in zimbawe arrange it for? I don't have an embassy in my country so i cannot get any information here.

Other question, how long (in days) does it take to tramit a visa if i visit Johanesburg prior visiting Zib?

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Feb 26, 2014
Visa for Peru passport holders
by: Tony

Hi Xavier
In answer to your questions:-
1) Peru is category C and therefore you cannot get it at the point of entry on arrival
2) Unfortunatley you cannot get a visa directly over the internet and no hotels here can arrange it for you. There are several visa service companies that you can find on the internet that might be able to assist, or if you go into a local travel agent they might be able to recommend someone who can handle this for you from that side.
3) You normally have to apply for the visa from the closest embassy to you which I will presume will be the one in the US. Try this website and see is they can help you Zimbabwe Embassy in the US
4) Because of the postage time an really cant say how long it will take to process.

Sorry I cant be more postive or helpful, it really annoys me that these visa's make it so difficult for people to travel here.

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Zimbabwe Visa in Mexico

by Erika
(Mexico)

I will be visiting the falls in April. I have a Mexican Passport which means I need a Visa but there is no Zimbabwe Embassy in Mexico, how should I apply for the visa?

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Nov 20, 2013
Zimbabwe Embassy in the nearest country
by: Tony

Hi Erika

Firstly let me apologise for the very late response to your question, Boo and I have been travelling through the Zambezi valley for the last 4 weeks and have had no internet connection. We are now back in Vic Falls.

In response to your question you will need to send your passsort to the nearest country that does have an Zimbabwe embassy, in your case I would say that is the USA

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Nigerian Visa and want to visit Zimbabwe

by Adeoye Adekunle
(pretoria centurion, south africa)

am a Nigerian citizen who choose to visit Zimbabwe and am currently staying in south Africa with a work permit.

pls can I visit Zimbabwe without applying for a visa but pay for the visa fee at the point of entry.

Answer:

Sadly it@s the nationality of your passport that counts and not your work permit. You will have to apply for a visa at the Zimbabwe embassy in Johannesburg






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Is it true that we cans use transit visa if visiting Victoria Falls only?

by Wilson Ko
(Taiwan)

According to the most information I've got,
an entry visa is required for Taiwanese passport holders to entry Zimbabwe.
However, someone says we can get transit visa at the airport or border without getting a visa previously.
I'd like to know if it's true.
Could you please providing any information for this?
Thank you so much!

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Jun 24, 2013
Taiwan Visa
by: Tony

Hi Wilson

In answer to your question, No you will not be able to get a transit visa to enter Zimbabwe on a Taiwan passport.

Taiwan passport holders are classed as Category C which means that you cannot get your visa at the border on arrival you have to get it prior to arriving in Zimbabwe from one of the embassies.

You will NOT be able to get a transit visa which will allow you into the country, I am afraid they just will not let you in. In most cases the airlines will not let you board a plane unless you can show you have the necessary visa's for your destination.

I hope that helps and clears up any confusion.

Please have a look at our visa page for more details on the visa requirements for different nationalities.

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South African Passport holder. Internaional or Regional tourist?

by Hester
(Swartwater)

If I am a south AFrican passport holder, am I considered a regional tourist or an international tourist?

Hi Hester

You will be considered a regional tourist.

Thanks
Tony

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Returning to Zimbabwe

Okay so my question is if you have already used your 90 day visitor visa into Zimbabwe and have returned back to the U.S., what are the requirements needed to temporarily return to Zimbabwe in the same calendar year?

Hi There

You simply buy another visa when you arrive at the airport. You are not restricted to the amount of times you can enter the country in any one year.

Regards

Tony.

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Visas

Are the visas readily available at the airport or do I need to get one through one of the travel services before leaving for our trip?

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May 07, 2013
Getting a Zimbabwe Visa
by: Tony

Hi There

Visas are readily available at the airport, you do not need to get one before you travel unless you are from a category C country, please check our visa page for information.

It is cheaper and easier to get one when you arrive. Some people say that they have been though immigration in Zimbabwe quicker when they have previously aquired their visa. I personally have never noticed this.

The only quick way to get through immigration quickly is to be at the front of the queue. Sit at the front of your plane and get out first.

Oct 24, 2013
Visa Category c country
by: Peter Georgiev

Hi there,
I bought air tickets for traveling to Zimbabwe(Harare airport) but now I see my country is in Category C list. I don't have Zim embassy in our country and I don't have time to apply for a visa in different country.

Do I have chance to get one on arriving at the airport - I am tourist traveling to VicFalls.
I have air tickets, hotel reservation, etc.

Thank you!
Peter

[Answer:]

Hi Peter

I am sorry to hear that, but in my experience you will not be allowed to enter the country, normally even when you depart from your country of origin they will check whether you have the correct visas required and not let you board the plane. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I am not sure what you can do.
Try to contact the immigration officer in Zimbabwe on the below details:

Contact Address:

Should you require further information please write to:

The Principal Director

Department of Immigration

P Bag 7717

Causeway

HARARE

ZIMBABWE

Telephone: +263-4-791913/8

Harare International Airport
Assistant Regional Immigration Officer +263 209 693

Victoria Falls
Assistant Regional Immigration Officer +263 (0) 712 321 220


Good Luck
Tony

Jan 31, 2014
Multiple entry for category C countries
by: Paul

Hi,

My wife is Hungarian, a category C country. I understand that she cannot get a multiple entry visa. This would mean that we cannot cross into Zambia for a few days and then back into Zimbabwe. is this correct?

Regards

paul

Answer:

Hi Paul

Yes that is correct, category C can only get single entry visas and they have to get these prior to arriving in Zimbabwe. You cannot get the visa at the port of entry like Category B.
You will Not be able to cross into Zambia and then re enter Zimbabwe as this requires another visa. If you are applying in your home country it is always worth asking them if they will supply you with a double entry. No harm in trying!

Hope that answers your question
Regards
Tony

Feb 06, 2014
Hungary not category B
by: Paul

Hi,

I rang the embassy in Berlin and they said that Hungary is not a category B country. Has been for three years.

I will check with the embassy in London.

Regards

Paul


Feb 06, 2014
Country categories
by: Paul

Hi,

Updates list here:

Visa Info

All the best

Paul

Feb 06, 2014
Hungary is category B
by: Tony

Hi Paul

Thank you for that information. I have indeed phoned immigration here in Zimbabwe and they have confirmed that Hungary is now a category B country and that you will be able to get your visa on arrival

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US Citizen traveling from Windhoek to Livingstone

by Ian Hefele
(Windhoek, Namibia)

Hi,

I'm a US Citizen and I'm planning on traveling from Windhoek to Livingstone Zambia. I will be staying 3 nights in Livingstone and will most likely travel one day over to the Zim side. Will I need a multiple entry visa to Zambia?

How much is that?

Day trips to Zim are still US$30?

Thanks

Ian

Ian.Hefele@gmail.com

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Mar 22, 2013
Zambia and Zimbabwe visa prices
by: Tony

Hi Ian

Yes you will need to buy a double entry visa when you first enter Zambia. The cost is US$80 instead of US$50 for a single entry.

The cost for US citizens single entry visa into Zimbabwe is US$30

Mar 22, 2013
Thanks
by: Ian

Thanks Tony!

I had seen some websites that say $135

Ian

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Dual nationality

I have German/Canadian passports - I am flying to VFA and would like to do a day trip to the Zambian side of the falls.

As I understand it, if I used my Canadian passport I would have to pay $75US on arrival, $20US for a <24hr visa to Zambia, and then another $75US to return to Zimbabwe?

HOWEVER, if I used my German passport I could get a multi-entry visa in VFA for something like $40US and the $20US daytripper visa for Zambia?

If I were then travelling on to Botswana on a tour, could I then switch back to my Canadian passport?

I had read that Zambia doesn't recognize dual nationality so I would need to be able to show an exit stamp from the previous country (which seemed odd, never needed to do that before) and I wasn't sure if Botswana had a similar rule.

thanks!

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Mar 05, 2013
Dual Nationality
by: Tony

Firstly your comments/prices re Canadian Passport are correct as are your prices re the German passport.

To be 100% honest I don't know if Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana will hassle you for dual nationality, but I dont think so because I think that applies to them not recognising it for their own country and another country. I know you can't have a Zimbabwean passport and British passport( dual nationality Zimbabwe and Britain), but you can live in Zimbabwe on a British passport with a residence stamp and yet have a South Africa passport. It's dual nationality but not with their own country.

However if you are arriving from South Africa (which does recognise dual nationality) depart from SA on you German passport. Then stay on your German passport throughout. German passport holders don't need visas into Botwswana and you will have entry and exit stamps all the way.

Botswana is pretty relaxed on passport regulations compared to Zim and Zambia, who are trying to make as much money as they can from the visas. Not sure if I have answered the question, but I hope that helps.

Tony


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Queues for obtaining a visa at the airport.

I'm told that the visa lines at the airport can be long. My husband and I will be arriving at the VFA on May 26 (Monday) at 13:05 via British Airways. We only have 24 hours in Victoria Falls. If we wait until we get to the airport to purchase a visa, will we have time to do the Flight of Angels and a dinner cruise (not sunset cruise)?

We have considered paying the $60 pp to get a visa in advance (as opposed to $30 pp at the airport), however, it is an arduous process. Is there a separate line at the airport for people who already have their visas?

Additionally, I have read that the multi-entry visa line tends to be shorter than the single entry visa line. Is this true? If so, would it be worth purchasing a multi-entry visa (even if we don't plan to use it)? And can you purchase this and not use it?

Thank you.

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Feb 18, 2013
Victoria Falls airport visa queues
by: Tony

Yes the queues can be quite long, but the very long queues are normally over the major peak periods. End of May is not a major peak period.

Trouble is that the only 2 flights from Johannesburg arrive within half an hour of each other. The SAA flight arrives earlier than the BA flight so if the SAA flight was full they might not have finished proccessing that flight by the time you arrive on the BA flight.

Best trick is to make sure you are close to the front of the plane and get out early to the front of the immigration queue. You can also arrange a private transfer once you have cleared customs and immigration otherwise you will still be sitting waiting for all the others even though you have got through.

Internationals only have one queue so whether you have already bought your visa or not you are still in the same queue. So all the hassle of getting it before hand is not going to help.

You can't get Multiple entry visas at the airport only double entry ones and these are all in the same queue.

Despite all of the above you will have time to do either the Helicopter flight or the Dinner cruise, we literally book hundreds of people onto these activities on their first afternoon and it's only in Max peak periods that there has ever been a hitch. If you book your heli flight for 3.30pm which is a great time to go you will be fine. Dinner cruise pick up is at about 16h30 so you have plenty of time.

If you need help booking any of the activities let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Booking enquiry form

Feb 19, 2013
Thank You
by: Tammy

Thank you. That was very helpful.

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Double entry for Catagory C passport holders

I am a Thai passport holder so I know I need to apply for an entry visa prior to arrival and that I can only get a single entry visa as Thailand falls in the Catagoty C countries.

However, I am travelling to Chobe National Parking by a tour bus after arrival at Victoria Falls airport for a 2 night stay. Then I shall return to Victoria Falls on the 3rd day.

My question is:"Can I buy a double entry visa at the airport before I leave to Botswana having used up the Single Entry visa upon arrival?"

The Chobe National park is part of an excursion tour that I have booked for Victoria Falls. I shall not be in Victoria Falls long enough to purchase a multiple entry visa if it needs 7 days.

I shall appreciate your suggestion of how to overcome this problem of a single entry visa when I really need a double 1.

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Feb 08, 2013
Category C visas
by: Tony

Hi

Yes this is a dilemma and really there is no easy way around it, the only suggestions I can make are:

When applying for your visa in Thailand plead with them to give you a double entry visa because of your situation, you never know they might assist even though this is not the norm.

You have probably booked your flights already but it would be best to fly directly into Bostwana at Kasane airport, this would then negate the need for a double entry visa. You would then use your single entry visa when entering Zimbabwe for the frst time on the 3rd Day. All round this is a better option.

What you can NOT do is buy another visa at the aiport when you arrive. I have just phoned immigration and confirmed this. So if you use up your single entry visa when you arrive you wont be able to get back into Zimbabwe.

Hope it works out for you please let us know how you get on.

Feb 08, 2013
2 single entry visas
by: Anonymous

Yes, we have explained our situation to the Zimbabwe consulate and are waiting to hear back from them as our Chobe visit is part of an excursion of our Victoria Falls visit. We have also planned an alternative flying into Kasane airport as you suggested, but we would really prefer S. African Airlines if given the choice.

Thank you for confirming that we cannot purchase a s

The Zimbabwe consulate have requested our detailed itinerary so they seem to be considering granting us 2 single entry visas since they have not outright told us no.


Feb 08, 2013
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by: Tony

Okay good luck, hope they give it to you. Please let us know how you get on, really useful for other travellers.

Feb 14, 2013
2nd Entry Visa
by: Charnchai

The Zimbabwe consulate has informed me that once a Cat. C passport holder has gotten a single entry from outside Zimbabwe, he's eligible to purchase a single entry visa at the next border crossing post like other catagory passport holders.

Can you possibly confirm this with Immigration in Victoria Falls for me? I am asking for something in writing from the consulate, but would also be happier if it is confirmed on Vic Falls side.

Feb 15, 2013
Incorrect information
by: Tony

Hi Charnchai

I have spoken directly to Immigration at the border in Victoria falls. She emphatically insists the information you have been given is NOT correct. They are not allowed to issue category C visas at the port of entry. They cannot authorise it even if you have had one issued previously by your embassy. The visa can only be authorised by head office in Harare, which is obviously not practical time wise.

I have seen this before where a consulate overseas has given out information but when you land onsite, the information is different. In this case though you have to listen to the guys in Zimbabwe.

If you could get your embassy to show you the legislation in the immigration act you might be able to argue your case at the border, but if you can't get that, I wouldn't risk it.

Immigration Vic Falls says you must try to get them to issue a double entry at your embassy.

If you want to phone immigigration in Vic Falls this is the number: 00 263 13 45876 or 44238

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Advantages for getting visa before travel

Is there an advantage getting our visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe before we travel, would it speed up the entry at the airport in Livingstone and at the border point to Zimbabwe, or is it just as easy to get them at port of entry. We are both Uk passport holders.

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Nov 09, 2012
Get visas when you arrive
by: Tony

Getting a visa prior to travel is unlikely to speed up your immigration in Livingstone or Zimbabwe.

To clear immigration you will need to stand in the international arrivals queue. Those in front of you may or may not have purchased a visa, so you are held in that queue.
Getting off the plane first and to the front of the queue is your best way to get through immigration quickly. The actual issuing of the visa in your passort once you get to the immigration desk takes less than 5 minutes.

If you have arranged a transfer to collect you and take you to the Zimbabwe side, you can also be held back until all the people booked on the bus clear immigration themselves, only way to get around that is to arrange a private transfer, which costs considerably more.

At the Zimbabwe border, same thing, having a visa already is not going to make an difference, you have to stand in the same queue and wait for everyone else.

Getting a visa before hand is likely to cost you more money through an agency and is quite a hassle if you have to send the passport off or go in person to the Zimbabwe embassy, all added costs. So in my view all in all it is worth just getting it when you arrive.

Peak season times it's pretty bad and queues are long and slow, but outside of that it doesn't take too long, estimate on 2 hrs from landing in Zambia to arriving at your hotel in Zimbabwe.

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Visa for UK passport holder permanently resident in South Africa

by Lesley
(Pearly Beach, South Africa)

Hi, I am trying to find out how to apply for a visa to visit VF. I am a British passport holder but live in South Africa on a permanent resident permit. My husband is a British passport holder and is waiting for his permanent residence to come through, but lives here on a temporary visa.

It is confusing enough to work out what is needed to visit the Falls, but this makes it impossible to work out.

Can you help, please?

Thank you.

Lesley and Steve

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Oct 29, 2012
Visa for British passport holders
by: Tony

Hi Lesley.

Good question. Firstly you do not need to apply for a visa to enter Zimbabwe, you can buy one at the airport when you land in Victoria Falls, this is by far the cheapest and easiest way.

The Zimbabweans aren't really concerned with where you live and your resident status they are only concerned with the fact that you are on a British passport.
You will be charged British passport holder visa fees, which are £55 single entry or £70 double entry. Irrelevant of the fact that you live in South africa and have a residents permit and one on the way.


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Visa to Zimbabwe

Hi there,hope you can give me an advice.We"ll traveling through Tanzania with the train to Zambia.we want to visit the Victoria falls on the zimbabwe side as well.
-I hold the hungarian pasport but i am a resident of the Cayman Islands,i didnt received my caymanian pasport yet. can i get my visa at the border of zimbabwe jut to visit the falls if yes
do i need to get double entry visa to Zambia.Thank you
I'll wait for your respose.
regards
Ernie

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Sep 04, 2012
Hungarian Visa
by: Tony

Hello Ernie

On a Hungarian passport you CANNOT get the visa at the border post. You are in the category C which means that you have to apply for a visa at the embassy before you arrive. See this page for details Zimbabwe Visa

If you were able to get your Cayman island passport you do not need a visa at all, but just by being resident there won't qualify you.

If you do manage to get a visa for Zimbabwe then yes buy a double entry visa for your return to Zambia.

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Visa confusion

by sarah
(London)

I am coming to Zimbabwe next october to volunteer in an orphanage there for two weeks and the whole visa thing is confusing me. I live in the United Kingdom so do I need to apply for one before I come or can I get one upon arrival? and roughly how much will one cost?
Thanks, Sarah

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Jul 27, 2012
Zimbabwe visa
by: Tony

Hi Sarah

There should be no confusion. You can get your visa at the airport when you land in Zimbabwe. No photos are needed you must just have enough space in the passort for the visa and the passport must be valid for 6 months.

Visas for UK citizens cost:
Single entry US$55
Double entry US$70

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I have a mexican passport, what do i need to get a zimbabwean visa?

I know i can get my visa on arrival but i know its possible to also get one before arrival!

What choice is better and what exactly is the process??

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Jul 19, 2012
Mexican passport holders
by: Tony

Mexican passport holders CANNOT get a visa at the airport. You need to apply for the visa before you land in Zimbabwe, this you have to do through the closest Zimbabwe embassy to you. Please see this page on our website Zimbabwe visas

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Canadian Visa - proof of funds

by Roberta Heinrichs
(Canada)

My husband and I are travelling to Zimbabwe on a Canadian passport. In order to apply for a Visa, I see that a document from our bank proving that we have sufficient funds in necessary. What does the document need to say?

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Jun 29, 2012
Canadian Visa
by: Tony

Hi Roberta

You don't need to apply for a visa before you get here. You can buy your visa at the airport when you land, that is what is common practice. It will take less than five minutes they will issue it to you when you get your passport stamped at the immigration point. No papers required not even any photos, it purely a money making operation. Canadian visa at the airport cost $75 and you can only buy a single entry visa. Make sure you have the cash as no credit cards options.

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Single Entry Visa

by Marija
(Croatia)

Hi :)

I'm visiting Zimbabwe on mid March, but I got only single entry visa. I wanted to ask is it possible to visit the Victoria falls with that visa or do I need to purchase multiple entry visa prior to visiting the Falls?

Thank you in advance,

Marija

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Mar 01, 2012
Single entry visa is sufficient
by: Tony

Hi Marija

I am not sure I understand your question.

Did you purchase the single entry visa you have for this journey, if so then that is sufficient for you to enter Zimbabwe once.

If the visa is expired or you have already used it to enter Zimbabwe then you will need to get another visa.

To clarify; a valid single entry visa allows you one entry into Zimbabwe, only get a multiple entry visa if you are going in and out the country multiple times

Mar 01, 2012
Single entry visa
by: Marija

Thank you for your response :)

So, to make it clear, can I visit Victoria falls with single entry Zimbabwe visa?

Is double entry visa required for Victoria falls, since it's located on border of Zimabwe and Zambia?

Hope this make my question clear :)

Looking forward to see your answer.

Thanks

Mar 01, 2012
Yes you can see Victoria falls with a single entry visa
by: Tony

Yes you can visit Victoria Falls with a single entry visa to Zimbabwe.

If you exit Zimbabwe to go to another country like Zambia and then you want to come back to Zimbabwe for a second time, that is when you need a double entry visa.

You can see the Victoria Falls from either Zimbabwe or Zambia

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Short stop-over in Vic Falls

by Alan
(UK)

We have a tour ending in Livingstone which has 2 days around the Zambian side of the falls in November. We could have one day/night over in Zimbabwe (cross over AM stay all day/overnight) fly-out midday next day to cape town. A big part of me thinks we should do this (probably spend day on walks around Falls)but as we are from the UK I guess this will cost us the $55 VISA (is that right?)I guess we can get a taxi to bridge & cross over/pay the visa fee on foot. The National Park Fee is fine.
Is there any way of doing this more efficiently/what do you think?
Thanks
Alan,Liz & Jacqueline

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Visa photo?

by Merna
(Oakland, CA, USA)

do i need to bring a photo or 2 to obtain visa at airport? or is all of that handled by presenting my passport? Agencies in USA require 2 photos; the embassy in Washington, DC does also...it's not clear as to this requirement.

Thank you.

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Jun 22, 2012
Zimbabwe Visa Photos
by: Tony

Hi Merna

You do NOT need any photos to obtain a visa for Zimbabwe, just present your passport and pay the required fee.

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One day visa to visit the Vic Falls.

We are travelling to Livingstone but would like to see the falls from the Zimbabwe side. Can we get a one day visa to entry Zimbabwe at the Vic Falls border? How much does it cost and are there any special requirements?

Many thanks.

Please, send reply to: pilar.fernandezsanz@maec.es

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May 14, 2012
Victoria Falls visa
by: Tony

You can buy a VISA at the border post. You have to buy a single entry visa. The cost depends on which passort you are travelling on. Please refer to this page for details on prices Zimbabwe visas

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Visa Requirements/Availability Zim and Zam

by Steve
(Florida, USA)

US couple flying into VFA. We will do a day trip to Chobe. Also plan to do a day trip walking over the bridge to Zambia. Questions:

Understand we can't buy a mult-entry Zim Visa at VFA -- even though the website says we can ... but your site says this may be available "in the office in town".

Where is the office?

Also will they simply charge the difference ($55 vs $45 (double) vs $30 (single)) or will they charge the full $55 for multi entry even after paying at the airport?

Understand this can take up to 7 days but we plan to stay in Vic Falls for 11 days so that may be OK.

Understand we can get a "day" pass to Zambia for $20 for under 24 hours. That may work for us but if we decide to walk over again is it another $20 or will they look at us and say we can't do a day trip on 2 different days without getting a regular Visa?

If we don't get a multi-entry in "town" then what happens when we have entered Zim and taken the day trip to Chobe (double entry) ... then walk over to Zambia and need to get back to Zim? Do we then pay $30 at the bridge for single entry or $45 at the bridge for another double entry in case we want to walk to Zambia more than once? Or do we have a problem?

Thanks for any Info

Ann & Steve

moosman@earthlink.net

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Mar 27, 2012
Victoria Falls visa
by: Tony

Dear Ann and Steve

I hope I can explain clearly what you need to do.

1) Don't bother with a multiple entry it will be and endless hassle, time cosuming and expensive, and you dont need it.
2)Yes.. you can get a day tripper visa for US$20 to enter Zambia and you can do this on 2 consecutive days. It is designed specifically for people who want to just walk over the border to visit briefly.
3)As you suggested by a double entry on arrival US$45 this will cover initial arrival and return from Chobe.
The when coming back from Zambia buy either the single entry or double entry at the bridge depending on if you plan to go back to Zambia again. This is so much easier than applying for the multiple entry visa.
So at worst you are in for US$90 for Zimbabwe visas this will allow 4 entries and US$40 into Zambia this will allow 2 entires.

Hope that makes sense. Have fun and please let us know if you need any asistance with booking any activities. 11 days in the falls wow thats lucky, theres lots to do!

Regards Tony

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South American Visa to Victoria Falls

by Veronica Salazar
(Ecuador)

I am planning to visit the Victorial Falls this year. I live in South America and my country is category C to enter Zimbabwe whereas I am allowed to get a visa at a Zambian Port of Entrance.
I wanted to ask you if you have gotten both visas for visiting the Victoria Falls or just one. If just one, which side of the border is better to visit the Zambian or the Zimbabwe one?
I look forward to your suggestions.

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Re Visa - we are Canadians

by Carlene Lewall
(Vancouver, B.C. Canada)

we (my husband and I)are traveling to Victoria Falls in january - leaving Canada Jan 12th.
we will be in Victoria Falls Jan 16th to 20th
We will fly to Johannesberg to Victoria Falls.
We are considering the Chobe / Botswana Safari.
When we leave on the 20th we are traveling to Hahare via Johannesberg.

Will this mean we need 3 single entry visa's. I would really appreciate advice.

Thanks
Carlene Lewall

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Dec 24, 2011
Canadian Visas
by: Tony

Hi Carlene

When you enter Zimbabwe from Johannesburg the first time you will need a single entry visa.
If you go to Bostwana for the day you will need another visa when you come back in. Thats 2
Now I don't undertstand your last flight.
Are you flying Vic Falls/Johannesburg and back to Harare and then catching a connecting flight back to Canada from Harare. If so why is your connecting flight not from Johannesburg? but if this is the case then yes you will need to get another visa to get back into Harare.
Let me know and I will try to help further.
I am sure you already know but Canadian visas cost US$75 each and you CAN'T get double or multiple entry visas at the port of entry, only single entry.



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Uk Passport

by Rebecca
(Nelspruit South Africa)

I have a Uk passport but have never been there. i am also a Swazi citizen married to a South african. do i still need to get the UK visa and i only have 2 pages left in my passport. will this be a problem?

I hope you can clarify some of these issues for me.

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Zimbabwe Visa

by Daniel Farmer
(England)

How hard is it to get a visa from the U.K to Zimbabwe?

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Sep 21, 2011
Zim Visa
by: Tony

Hi Daniel

It's dead easy just arrive at the airport, pay your money and they will put one in your passport. Please read our Visa Page

Sep 23, 2011
Visa
by: Daniel

Thank you for thisI was only asking becuase some people have being saying it's a bit of a hassle to get one.

Sep 23, 2011
Queues at the airport
by: Tony

Hi Daniel

It is really not hard to get a visa. I think people might be referring to that fact that you can end up standing in a queue for quite a while, but everyone is in the same boat and your transfer company probably has to wait for all its passengers to get a visa anyway even if you already have one.

If the plane you arrive on is full and you get out last you will be at the back of a long queue of everyone waiting for visa's. It's just like clearing customs at any airport, but just takes a bit longer than normal, and can be a bit frustrating. But It's Africa!!

There are plans underway to speed this whole process up, so let us know how you get on and how long it takes you.

Thanks

Sep 24, 2011
Visa
by: Anonymous

Thank you
Tony

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contact number of zimbabwe embassy in Tanzania

Hello, I would like to contact zimbabwe embassy in Tanzania.
I dial the number as shown on your website( +255-22-514-6259 ), but the answer is " the number you dialed does not exist".
Do you know how to contact zimbabwe embassy in Tanzania?

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visa

by anele sola
(united kingdom)

My one year old daughter went to zimbabwe with her mother, her mother came back to England without my daughter, and my question is that, does my daughter need a visa to leave zimbabwe and come to england because she entered zimbabwe with her mother`s passport.

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Aug 12, 2011
Immigrations number
by: Tony

Hi Anele

To be quite honest I don't know the answer to your question. I would give customs and immigration a call and find out for sure.
Here is their number: + 263 13 44238

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Visa for Indians

by krishna
(India)

Hi,
My family and me (4 adults and 2 kids) are traveling to Botswana next month. We have a tourist via multiple entry to Botswana. We would like to see victoria falls.
Can you guide us the process to obtain visa into Zimbabwe for us? We will be coming into Zimbabwe from kasane in Botswana.
I heard that previously there were visas granted at victoria falls entry point but now they are abolished. Can you guide me please?
I searched the whole internet but could not find any information.

Regards
Krishna

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Jul 26, 2011
Indian Visa
by: Tony

Hi Krishna

India is in listed in Category C which requires nationals to get your visa prior to travel, from the Zimbabwe embassy in your country. Please see this page on our website for advice http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/zimbabwe-visa.html.

Category B National are still able to get their visa at the point of entry and I have no idea why this is different for Category C nationals. If you want you can phone customs and immigration at the Victoria Falls border post and they can give you absolutely accurate details.
Here is the number: + 263 (13) 44238
Please up date us when you know

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South African Entry Costs

by Lisa
(South Arican)

Hi, would you kindly advise the cost involved in crossing the border at the bridge from Zambia to Zimbabwe and back for a vehicle and per person as a South African. As we are campers, it seems the best campsites are on the Zambian side, or could you recommend a great campsite on the Zim side?

many thanks for your time

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What currency is the Zimbabwe Travel Visa and how much does it cost?

by Charlie
(Nova Scotia, Canada)

What currency is the Zimbabwe Travel Visa and how much does it cost? Also, it can be purchased at the Airport, correct?

I am a Canadian, and probably will have friends from other Countries traveling with me and we need to know what to expect.

Thank you very much.

Charlie

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May 20, 2011
Canadian Visa
by: Tony

Hi Charlie - Visa information can be found on this page of our website - Zimbabwe Visa. They are priced in US$ and it is best to pay for them in US$. They can be obtained from the airport although as Canadians you can only get a single entry visa at the airport.

Costs for Canadians is US$75

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Mutliple entry Visa

by Elina Rute
(Riga, Latvia)

Hello,

My name is Elina Rute. Im am from travel agency AR - TUR, from Latvia. Embassy in Stockholm give us single visa, but we need a multiple visa.
Can you please recommend something for us, as we can get a multiple visa and border the same day. Or clients itinerary: South Africa - Zimbabwe - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Bostwana - Zimbabwe - South Africa in 5 days.
What documents would be required for a multiple visa and where it is best to do so.
Or do you already have some experience in such cases and you could tell me about that.

Best regards,

Elina Rute

Travel consultant
Travel Agency AR-TUR
Phone (+371) 67284553
Phone/Fax (+371) 67284551
Brivibas street 48/50-412
Riga LV-1011 Latvia
www.ar-tur.lv

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Mar 26, 2011
multiple enrty visa's
by: Tony

Multiple Entry Visas - cannot be obtained at the port of entry into Zimbabwe. You may enter Zimbabwe on a single entry visa and then obtain a Multiple Entry Visa from the town office - but this may take up to 7 working days to be issued.

Alternatively the Stockholm embassy should be able to issue the multiple entry visa.

Or buy a double entry visa when you arrive at the Zimbabwe airport and then buy another single entry visa on your third entry into the country. works out quite expensive but at least it will be easier for you.

Hope that helps

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Ghanaian Visa Fee

by paul mensah
(grahamstown, south africa)

how much is visa for for somebody holding a ghanaian passport?

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multiple visa

Hello
I intend to arrive in Victoria Falls with a flight from Johannesburg. While staying in Victoria Falls I will go one day to the Zambian side and in the next day to Chobe-Botswana. That means that I have to pass the border 3 times. Is it possible to get once a double entry visa and on the third time a simple visa. Obtaining a multiple visa for a citizen of the category B is complicate because there is no Zim. embassy/consolate in my country.
Thanks

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Aug 09, 2010
Yes you can
by: Tony

Hi
Yes you can buy a double and then a single entry for the third entry. Please make sure you have enough blank pages in your passport, one for each visa.

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Visa payments and time required

by Leon
(UK)

I'm travelling in Namibia and Flying out of Victoria Falls. I have booked an 'Intercape' coach from Katima to Vic Falls and will have 2nights at Vic Falls. As a UK Citizen I understand I'll need a visa to enter Zambia and then a visa to enter Zimbabwe.
1. I can obtain the visas at the relevant borders?
2. What currency do I need to pay in?
3. Do you know how long it takes to get through the borders and obtain the visas and will the coach wait for me?

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Jul 06, 2010
Visa
by: tony

Hi Leon

In answer to your queries.
1) yes you can obtain visa's at the relevant border posts
2)Us dollars is the best but you can pay in any currency, you just wont get a favourable exchange rate. Zambia will cost you $50 and Zimbabwe $55.(Zambia is $20 if a transit visa for less than 24hrs)
3) getting the visa's is quick and easy and is part of the immigration process, just go to the immigration desks and hand your passport over they will do the rest. So yes the bus will wait for you.

Visit our visa page for more info Zimbabwe Visa's

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Work Permit

My boyfriend is living in the UK and wants to immigrate to Zimbabwe. He has previously lived in South Africa for 15 years and did receive a South African citizenship. He holds a British Passport.

How long can he stay in Zimbabwe and how do we go about getting him a work permit and what is required for him to immigrate here.

Many thanks
Janet Prinsloo

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Is it enaugh with a Zambian visa to enter Victoria Falls?

by rogerdra
(Bergen, Norway)

Hello!

We are 4 guys from Norway who will take the bus from Windhoek in Namibia to Livingstone in Zambia. From Livingstone we would like to take a day-trip to Victoria Falls. Do we need visa for Zimbabwe then?

After we have seen the falls, we will return to Livingstone in Zambia (the same day).

Thank you!

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Jun 01, 2010
You will need a Zimbabwe Visa
by: Tony

Hi Rogerdra

Unfortunately your Zambian visa does not count for Zimbabwe and if you want to come across to the Zimbabwe side you will have to purchase a single entry visa which will cost you US$30 each and you can buy this at the border post.

Despite the cost I highly recommend that you visit the Zimbabwe side as 80% of the Victoria Falls are in Zimbabwe. There are several other questions in this section about the difference between the two countries, I recommend that you read them.

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Border Control Hours to Livingstone

by Bennie
(Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Thanks for a great website! Do you know the hours of border control between Zimbabwe and Zambia in October?

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May 18, 2010
Border post opening hours
by: Tony

Hi Bennie
Border post hours between Zim and Zambia at Victoria Falls is 6am to 10 pm.

Have fun

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VISAS

I HAVE A FEW FRIENDS YOU WISH TO VISIT ZIM, YOU MENTION A MULTIPLE VISA NOT OBTAINED AT PORT OF ENTRY, BUT YOU SAY YOU CAN GET A DOUBLE ENTRY, WHATS THE DIFF BETWEEN A DOUBLE AND A MULTIPLE VISA.

I ALSO HEARD THAT TO SEE THE FALLS IS NOT 20US$ anymore but 30US$ also that Zambia has put there up as well. German,Austria do they still pay 30)US$ at Kazangual border and see falls ???? whats the price of carbon tax and also insurance into Zim and Zambia pse
THANKS

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How to obtain visa abroad if there is not zimbabwe representation

by victor
(mexico city)

I´m a Mexican citizen and I live in Mexico City. Here there is not a Zimbabwe office, and British embassy said that now a days is not possible to issue a Zimbabwe visa through them.

It´s been said that mexican citizens need to apply abroad instead on port of entry, so, how can I apply for a tourist visa abroad? thanks in advance for your response

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Mar 11, 2010
Passport service company
by: Tony

Hi Victor

Yes this is a bit difficult. My only suggestion is to send your passport off to a passport service company via the mail, and let them apply for you. The link below is a company in the US who I hope will be able to process your visa for you or at least point you in the right direction.

US passport service guide

Please let us know how you get on and if you manged to get this sorted out.

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Zimbabwe Visa?

by mary jablonski
(mt orab, Oh. u.s.a.)

Flying into Victoria falls, Zimbabwe on July 21 and staying 2 nights. So? Do we apply for our visa at the airport.?

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Feb 13, 2010
Getting a Visa at the airport
by: Tony

If you are traveling on a US passport. They will issue you a Visa at the Vic Falls airport it is a simple procedure.

Just decide on whether you need a single or double entry visa, if you are leaving Zimbabwe even for an hour to go across to Zambia then buy a double entry, because if you don't you will be required to buy another visa when you re enter.

US passports pay-

US$30 single entry
US$45 double entry

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Passport entry regulations to zimbabwe

On the British Foreign Office Travel Advice for Zimbabwe, it states that THREE free pages are needed in a passport for entry into Zim. I know this is a requirement for South Africa. Is this the situation in Zim as well? It's the first I've heard of it. I want to go to Zim, but only have 2 pages left, and can't get a new passport until mid January.

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Dec 30, 2009
Passport requirement
by: Tony

Hi

I have phoned the Zim Embassy in South Africa and they know nothing of this. I have spoken to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) in Harare and they have stated that this IS definitely a standard requirement and that you could have problems when entering the country.

You could possibly talk your way around it as long as your passport is valid for six months.

I have tried to get hold of immigration today with no success just to see if they have any waivers, I will pursue this tomorrow and post my findings if I can get through to them.

Dec 31, 2009
Chief Immigration Officer
by: Tony

In addition to my comment posted yesterday. I eventually got through to the Chief Immigration Officer in Harare.

Tel: +263 - 4 - 791913-8
Email: visa@ztazim@co.zw.

They say that you need enough space for your visa and entry and departure stamps, so one page is required for the visa and no more that one page for stamps, she assured me that two blank pages would be sufficient and that you would not be turned away.

Hope that helps

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Visa costs x2 to visit the Falls?

by Liziwe
(Cape Town)

Hi there, thanks for putting together a great website!

I was intending to self drive from Botswana to Vic Falls, then cross over to Livingstone and drive to Katima Mulilo. But I just realised that I would be paying well over $100 dollars in visa fees! Ouch!

Do you know of any short-term visa options to Zambia or Zimbabwe that would allow a visit to both sides, but without having to pay such crazy visa costs? (I have a UK passport). I understand there is a day visa for Zambia, but then I must already have a multi-entry visa from the Zimbabwe consulate, I believe.

Any suggestions? Maybe I should just visit one side of the falls??

Thanks for your ideas.

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Dec 17, 2009
No way around it
by: Tony

Hi

Sorry not much you can do about this, there are no alternatives to the visas, and they really like to charge the UK passports, if you were on an SA passport it wouldn't cost you anything.

Zim side single entry is US$55 and double UD$70. even if you leave Zim for an hour you will need a new visa to get back in again. Its best to buy these at the port of entry unless you need to get a multiple entry which you can only get from the embassy's.

Zambian side US$50 single entry and US$80 double entry or the day tripper if you are there for less than 24hrs.

In my opinion, and I know from a lot of others aswell, if you have seen the falls from the Zimbabwe side its not necessary to go through to Zambia, unless you are going for another specific reason, like to visit some of their magnificent national parks.

Don't forget that you have to pay for your vehicle as well.

Hope that helps

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Visa to Zambia

I have read that you cannot use a day visa into Zambia from Victoria Falls if you are leaving from Livingstone airport. Is this correct?

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Oct 23, 2009
Single entry visa is required
by: Tony

Hi

Thanks for contacting us and it's a very good question. I have spoken to the immigration office in Livingstone this morning just to confirm, because one is never to sure about these things.

He has confirmed that you will be required to buy a single entry or transit visa at a cost of USD50. The day tripper visa at USD20 requires you to depart from the same place as your place of entry, i.e. vic falls border post. It was primarily introduced for visitors from Victoria falls going across for the day and then returning to Zimbabwe within 24 hrs .

I have detailed below phone numbers in Livingstone as the ones on their official site have the wrong codes, in case you need more information


Regional Immigration Officer
Old Customs Headquarters
Corner Musi-O-Tunya & Airport Road
P.O. Box 60465
Livingstone

Tel No. +260 213 320648

Victoria Falls Border Control
Officer in Charge
Victoria Falls
P.O Box 60465
Livingstone
Tel No: +260 213 321 343
E-mail: livingstonerio@zamnet.zm

Livingstone International Airport
Officer in Charge
P.O Box 60465
Livingstone
Tel No: +260 213 320031

Have a good trip

Regards
Tony

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Do I Need a Double Entry Visas

I've heard that you don't need a double-entry or a multiple-entry visa into Zimbabwe as long as you don't spend a night outside Zimbabwe - am I right?

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Nov 10, 2009
Visa requirements
by: Boo

Yes, you are right! - If you decide to do a day trip either to Zambia or Chobe -Botaswana and DONT stay overnight you will not need a double entry visa into Zimbabwe - only when you spend the night- would a double entry visa be required

***UPDATE*** Zimbabwe has changed its regulation as of October 09 if you leave Zimbabwe even for an hour you have to buy another visa to re enter the country. So if you are going to Chobe for a day trip make sure you buy a double entry visa when you first come in. If you are entering more than twice you will need a multiple entry visa, these are not available at the ports of entry. You must get these from the embassy prior to travel.

Aug 02, 2016
Volunteering in Zimbabwe (Business Visa)
by: Lenja

Hello,

I am on a German passport and I will travel to Zimbabwe in Novembre to work as a volunteer in an orphanage near Vic Falls. They told me I am gonna need a Business Visa.

Do I receive the Business Visa at the VFA?? Can there occur any difficulties to get my Business Visa? Which documents are required?

Do I have to ask for a double Entry Visa if I want to do a day trip to Chobe?

Thank you!

Aug 03, 2016
Volunteer Visa applications
by: Tony

Hi Lenja

You do indeed need to apply for a business visa but you can get this on arrival at the airport, if you are on a german passport.

You will need some documents which I have outlined below as supplied to me by The Nakavango volunteer programme.

Upon arrival at the immigration desk in Victoria Falls airport, please write your destination as the volunteer programs address:


Please tick your purpose of visit as Business. If an explanation is required, say that you will be visiting Victoria Falls and will be staying on The Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve and will be here in the capacity of an eco- tourist. (If you work in the Media it is not advisable to but that down on the business section of the visa. Your only business whilst in country is Volunteering.)
When you enter Zimbabwe – you must get a business visa which you have to pay for in cash in US$. Its $55 (estimate of cost) but we recommend that you get a double entry visa as if you want to leave Zimbabwe and go into Zambia, or Botswana. Please note that business visas are valid for 30 days only. This will cover the period of your placement with us. A lot of volunteers want to see the falls from both countries Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Double entry visa is about $80 (estimate of cost) you will need to have the dollars in cash they do not take credit or visa cards.
Just to confirm, regardless of duration (e.g. 2 weeks, 12 weeks) all volunteers are to apply for a business visa on arrival into Zimbabwe. Volunteers who wish to stay longer than 4 weeks will be required to purchase a Temporary Work Permit ($500) before your initial 30 day visa expires.
When applying for the visa you will need to provide the following documents:
1. Payment as per outline above.
2. Passport with at least 6 months validity and 4 blank pages, plus one copy of the passport details page.
3. Two Recent colour passport photos, plus one copy
4. A letter (I will provide) addressing the Department of Zimbabwe Immigration requesting a double entry visa (Sorry Canadians you are only allowed a single) this letter should be used when applying on line or when you arrive depending on your nationalities requirements.
5. If you are required to apply on line then print out your confirmation letter please don’t rely on the internet to be working the day you arrive.
6. Business letter from IVHQ
7. Proof of Departure 2 copies of your flight itinerary or ticket.
8. If you are staying longer than 4 weeks you will also need the below.
9. Chest X-ray certificate showing that you are T.B. Free -Work permit only
10. Copy of birth certificate - Work permit only

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Double entry visa question

by Greg
(USA)

We are arriving in Zimbabwe via Rovos Rail train from South Africa. After staying four days at Vic Falls, we travel to Botswana for 2 days via car and then return to Zimbabwe to catch our flight out of Vic Falls Airport.

Will we be able to buy a double visa at the Plumtree border? Rovos said officials will board the train to issue visas but wanted to ensure that double visas can be issued at border crossings.

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Feb 16, 2016
Double entry visa's
by: Tony

Hi Greg

Yes Double entry visa's are available for purchase at the Plumtree border post. I have not had experience of being on Rovos rail but if they are availble in the immigration building I cannot see why they will not be able to issue them on the train.

Feb 16, 2016
Thank you Tony
by: Greg

Thanks, Tony for the information. It makes me more comfortable knowing that.

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Zimbabwe Visa

by Megan
(UK)

Hi, I'm travelling to Zimbabwe later this months for 6 weeks and am worried/confused about the visa situation.
I am visiting and staying with family friends for a holiday, but will be volunteering in hospitals for some of my time as I'm a medical student in the UK. Will I still be ok to get a 'port of entry' visa on arrival?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Jul 05, 2016
Extending your Zimbabwe entry visa
by: Tony

Hi Megan

My advice too you would be just to enter the country on a normal holiday visa which you will obtain at the port of entry. This will be valid for 30 days or 4 weeks. You can then get this visa extended by visiting any immigration office in the country. They will extend it for another 30 days without any questions being asked and you don't have to leave the country or pay another visa fee. This can be done for a maximum period of up to 6 months (although after 3 months you will need to pay $20 each time) afterwhich one has to apply for a permit to stay in the country. I wouldn't complicate the issue by stating that you a are volunteering. You are here on holiday purposes and enjoying it!

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Overland Boder Visa at Kzangula

by Denny Hj
(New Mexico, USA)

We will be crossing from Botswana on a tour in April. Are Zimbabean visas readily available at the Kzangula crossing (Kasane - Victoria Falls) or should they be purchased in advance of the trip?

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Feb 16, 2016
Visas are available
by: Tony

Hi Denny

Yes visa's are readily available for category B nationalities - there is no problem there and you do NOT need to purchase in advance. However if you fit into category C then you do need to purchase in advance. Check which category you fit into here Zimbabwe visa

Feb 16, 2016
Excellent help
by: Denny Hj

This saves lots of money and hassle. Thanks

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