Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Zimbabwe on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

There are commercial flights between the UK and Zimbabwe. Please check carefully with your travel provider which routes are available along with any additional requirements for your transit countries. You should also check the FCDO Travel Advice when planning a journey.

On leaving Zimbabwe, you will be also required to present a negative COVID-19 certificate, issued no more than 48 hours prior to boarding your flight.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Zimbabwe.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

On leaving Zimbabwe, you will be required to present a negative COVID-19 certificate, issued no more than 48 hours prior to boarding your flight.

Passengers who display COVID-19 symptoms, despite having the certificate, will be denied boarding and will be screened and tested for COVID-19 at their own expense.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe currently has some exceptional measures in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a curfew between midnight and 5:30am, which is being enforced by the security services. You should comply with these requirements wherever you are staying in Zimbabwe.

It is compulsory to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth whenever you are outside of your home.

Public transport is limited. Intercity travel is permitted. All journeys operate under current COVID-19 restrictions.

Accommodation

You should ensure you have accommodation for the period of your stay, as some hotels may close at short notice.

Public spaces and services

Gatherings are limited to 100 people.

Everyone in a public place must observe social distancing (i.e. keep at least one metre apart), sanitize their hands and wear a face mask.

Non-essential business can open at their discretion as long as they adhere to the above-mentioned measures of social distancing, sanitizing and mask-wearing.

Restaurants, hotels, liquor suppliers, bars and nightclubs can open from 8am to 10pm (license dependent) to fully vaccinated customers, subject to strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Healthcare in Zimbabwe

If you take regular medication, you should ensure you have a sufficient supply and make sure you can access a repeat prescription in the event of travel delays. Most medicines that require a prescription from a doctor in the UK will require one in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean pharmacies do not accept prescriptions issued in the UK. There is no reciprocal healthcare agreement between Zimbabwe and the UK. For contact details of English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your medical practitioner for advice.

The government of Zimbabwe has said that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be detained at a place of isolation for 14 days.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Zimbabwe.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Zimbabwe

We will update this page when the Government of Zimbabwe announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to receive email notifications when this page is updated.

The Zimbabwe national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is using the Covaxin, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines. The Government of Zimbabwe has stated that British nationals resident in Zimbabwe are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. You should contact your local health care provider to find out more.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

If you’re a British national living in Zimbabwe, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Help and support

If you need urgent consular assistance, you should contact your local British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephones numbers are available 24/7.

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