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Zimbabwe Covid19 Latest Travel News

Update: 18th May 2022  12:00pm

These are the latest details that we are aware of regarding travel to Zimbabwe, during Covid-19. We live in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and will update this page with any amendments that we become aware of. We actually contact the Port Health Authority to get the correct information, rather than reading press releases which are often inaccurate.

Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers need to present proof of vaccination on entry to Zimbabwe and on exit. No PCR test is required.
• "Fully vaccinated" means complete doses of a vaccine, i.e., two doses of a two-dose regiment or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
• Partially vaccinated travellers will need to follow the same rules as unvaccinated travellers (as below).

Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Travellers

• All partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours of boarding.
• On departure, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours is required.

Children

Travellers under 12 years old are exempt from vaccination and PCR test requirements.

Departure

A negative RT-PCR test result is not required on departure from Zimbabwe if fully vaccinated. However, destination country requirements need to be taken into consideration. If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, then a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can one get a PCR test done in Zimbabwe and Where?
Yes, PCR tests are available at most clinics and hospitals throughout Zimbabwe. In Victoria Falls, the Bio Express Lab, Health Bridge clinic, Lancet Laboratories, GoPath, Lordsland Medical Laboratories, Cimas Medical Laboratories, MARS and Interpath Laboratories offer PCR tests. In Victoria Falls you can also arrange for these Labs to come to your hotel to test you.

Zimbabwe is registered on the Trusted Travel Initiative Platform and it is preferable to have your departing PCR test done at the Bio Express, Lordsland or Lancet Laboratories in Victoria Falls, who are accredited with this platform. However, this is not an absolute requirement at this stage and test results from other non-accredited labs are also accepted.

How much does a PCR test cost?
The price for a PCR test is between $30 and $60. It costs a bit extra for the lab to come to your hotel. Prices may differ depending on the testing centre.

How long does it take to get the results?
The results are on average taking 2 to 6 hrs.

Does my PCR test need to be registered on the Trusted Travel Initiative platform?
Zimbabwe is registered on the Trusted Travel Initiative Platform and it is preferable to have your departing PCR test done at the Bio express lab, Lancet or Lordsland lab in Victoria Falls who are accredited with this platform. However, this is not an absolute requirement at this stage and test results from other non-accredited labs are also accepted.

Will I still need a PCR certificate if I am fully vaccinated?
No.

Are there curfew hours in Zimbabwe?
Yes, there is a curfew from midnight to 5:30am.

Does Zimbabwe have a high rate of Corona virus infections?
It is difficult to compare the numbers of cases with other countries as the amount of testing done in Zimbabwe is very few comparatively. However, the death rate attributed to the corona virus is very low at about 0.036% of the population as of the date of this article. Victoria Falls itself has seen comparatively very little evidence of the corona virus.

Can I fly into Livingstone Airport and out of Victoria Falls Airport?
Yes.

Latest Covid-19 information for travellers to Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Flight Schedule to Zimbabwe

International Flights to Victoria Falls
• Ethiopian Airlines – return Addis Ababa - Victoria Falls flights on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
• Kenya Airways – return flights from Nairobi to Victoria Falls (and on to Cape Town) on Fridays.
• FastJet – flies Johannesburg to Victoria Falls return daily.
• FastJet – will start Victoria Falls to Maun flights from 30 June 2022, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
• FastJet – flies Victoria Falls to Nelspruit return on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
• Mackair – two daily return flights between Kasane and Victoria Falls airports. These may change as the Kazungula border is open.
• BA Comair –  flies Johannesburg to Victoria Falls return daily.
• Airlink – return Cape Town to Vic Falls daily.
• Eurowings Discover – flies Frankfurt-Windhoek-Victoria Falls on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In Mid-April, scheduled return Windhoek-Victoria Falls flights will begin.

Domestic Flights to Victoria Falls
• Air Zimbabwe – flies Harare - Victoria Falls every Sunday. Please note that Air Zimbabwe flights may change without notice.
• Air Zimbabwe – flies Bulawayo - Victoria Falls every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please note that Air Zimbabwe flights may change without notice.
• FastJet – flies Harare to Victoria Falls return daily.

International Flights to Harare
• Emirates – flies Dubai to Harare (via Lusaka) return daily.
• Ethiopian Airlines – flies Addis to Harare on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
• SA Airlink – flies Johannesburg to Harare return daily.
• SA Airlink – flies Cape Town to Harare return daily.
• SA Airlink – flies Durban to Harare return on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
• South African Airways - daily return Johannesburg to Harare flights.
• BA Comair –  daily return Johannesburg to Harare flights.
• Kenya Airways – flies daily Nairobi to Harare (some flights via Lusaka).
• FastJet – flies return Harare to Johannesburg at least 3 times daily.
• Air Botswana – flies Gaborone to Harare on Sunday and Friday (then on to Lusaka).
• Rwanda Air – flies Cape Town to Harare on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Here's information on Zambia's Covid-19 Updates

Here's information on Botswana's Covid-19 Updates

 


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