Foreign travel advice

Zimbabwe

Summary

There have been demonstrations in towns and cities in recent months, some of which have been violent. You should avoid areas where demonstrations may be held, or where there are large gatherings of people. If a demonstration or disturbance is taking place, leave quickly and don’t attempt to watch or photograph it. Monitor this travel advice and local media (including radio and social media) for updates. Follow the British Embassy, Harare on Facebook (UKinZimbabwe) and twitter @UKinZimbabwe.

There is a moderate level of crime in Zimbabwe. Remain vigilant, especially after dark, and make sure accommodation and vehicles are secure. See Safety and Security.

Always carry identity documentation or a copy of your passport. See Local laws and customs.

Holiday and business visas are available at the port of entry. Don’t violate the terms of your visa. See Visas.

Dual British-Zimbabwean nationals who travel to Zimbabwe must have a valid travel document to re-enter the United Kingdom. It’s not possible to re-enter the UK using a Zimbabwean passport or emergency travel document without a visa or entry clearance endorsed. See Dual nationals.

Availability of fuel is fluctuating. Keep cars topped up and carry sufficient fuel for long journeys.

The economic situation in Zimbabwe is increasingly fragile. A second year of drought has adversely affected harvests. See Economic situation.

The Zimbabwean dollar is no longer valid currency. In November 2016 the government announced new ‘bond notes’ will be circulated which will have a US dollar face value. Almost all transactions are conducted in US dollars. Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a shortage of cash. It’s not currently possible to make cash withdrawals using an international bank card. See Money.

There have been a number of civil disturbances and demonstrations in Harare, the surrounding suburbs and roads into Harare in recent months, which the authorities have used force to suppress. You should avoid all demonstrations and rallies.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.