Official information that British people moving to and living in Zimbabwe need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.
Before you go
See our travel advice for Zimbabwe for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for Zimbabwe in our travel advice.
You can get a visa from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London or on arrival in Zimbabwe. Visitors are typically given entry permission for 30 days. You can apply to have this period renewed or extended if required. Do not violate your Zimbabwe visa conditions by overstaying. You will be arrested and deported. Check that the number of days stamped in your passport at the port of entry covers your intended period of stay in the country.
See our travel advice for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe and the UK do not have reciprocal healthcare agreements. You should buy comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you enter the country.
You should also make sure you’re covered by health insurance for UK treatment or you’ll be charged by the NHS for any care you receive in the UK.
The NHS has information for people moving abroad.
Working in Zimbabwe
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Zimbabwe.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
Consular Section at the Embassy can no longer certify Proof of Life Certificates but one of the recognised professions on this list may be accepted. If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
Driving in Zimbabwe
We no longer process consular birth and death certificates at the Embassy. Consular section cannot obtain duplicate Zimbabwe birth/death certificates on your behalf where originals have been lost. Please contact the Zimbabwe Registry Office directly on +263 4 702 295 ext 120 & 134 for assistance or email@example.com.
Consular Section does not issue Certificates of No Impediment (CNI). You need to obtain a No Trace Marriage Letter from the UK GRO as well as UK Police Clearance to get married locally, details below:
The General Registrar Office in the United Kingdom holds all records of births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships, stillbirths and adoptions. They issue a ‘no trace marriage letter’ which will enable you to get married in Zimbabwe.
If you need urgent help - Econet subscribers should dial 112, NetOne subscribers should dial 114, Telecel subscribers should dial 911 and those using landlines should dial 993. These numbers will give you access to ambulance, fire and police emergency services across Zimbabwe.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Zimbabwean authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.