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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary and tourist trips to Zimbabweis currently being warned.

Epidemiological situation

Cases of the more contagious variants of COVID-19 have increased in Zimbabwe, which is why Zimbabwe as a risk area with a particularly high risk of infection (Virus variant area) is classified.

The Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.


Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test, which must not be older than 48 hours, and be symptom-free upon entry (no fever, no cough). Entry visas with a validity of 30 days are issued at the two international airports of Harare and Victoria Falls for a fee of USD 30.
Entry overland is currently not possible.

Transit and onward travel

Transit or onward travel is currently only possible via the two international airports.

Travel connections

Several airlines offer flight connections to Harare and Victoria Falls. Flight operations can be discontinued at short notice at any time or flights can be canceled or postponed at short notice.

Due to the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance of May 12, 2021 and the classification of Zimbabwe as a virus variant area, when traveling from Zimbabwe to Germany, in addition to the existing registration and test obligation and the extended and unconditional quarantine obligation, proof of a negative COVID-19 test in German, English , French, Spanish or Italian language, even if travelers are already fully vaccinated. Airlines and other carriers are otherwise not allowed to take people over the age of six with them.

The underlying PCR test may have been carried out a maximum of 72 hours, and a rapid antigen test in accordance with the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute a maximum of 24 hours before the planned entry.

The transport ban for people in cross-border rail, bus, ship and air traffic that applies to Zimbabwe does not apply to German nationals and persons with residence and right of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, but can lead to changes in the flight schedule and reductions in flight connections to and from Germany .

Restrictions in the country

In Zimbabwe, there is currently a curfew from 10pm to 5.30pm. Shops, restaurants and bars are open. Church services take place. Travel within Zimbabwe is possible. However, long-distance bus traffic is severely restricted. Tourist facilities are open in compliance with hygiene regulations. The restriction measures can change at very short notice.

Hygiene rules

Wearing mouth and nose protection is compulsory in the entire public area; when entering shops, restaurants, hotels, etc., temperature measurements are taken and hands are disinfected.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • In the case of absolutely necessary travel, find out more about detailed measures and additional information from the Zimbabwean Embassy in Berlin and the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and inquire about the applicable transport guidelines from your airline.
  • Find out about the current status of the restriction measures on site.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.



Domestic situation

Due to the tense economic situation and the resulting social tensions, demonstrations and sometimes violent clashes must be expected in the urban agglomerations.
Foreigners are not allowed to report on current developments in the country without state accreditation. This also includes collecting any information, talking to the population or taking snapshots with the mobile phone camera, as this can be interpreted as illegal journalistic activity. In the event of an emergency, no help can usually be expected from the security forces.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas and do not photograph them.
  • Do not participate in political discussions, including on social media.
  • Always have identification documents with you outside of your accommodation.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.


The extremely difficult political, economic and social situation of the population has led to an increase in crime. Pickpockets and “smash and grab” robberies have increased particularly in the inner cities of Harare and Bulawayo, but also in the smaller towns.
There is an increased risk of robbery at night, especially in cities, at red lights and unlit intersections.

  • Don't walk after dark.
  • Always keep the windows closed in the car and the doors locked from the inside.
  • Do not leave handbags, cameras, etc. in sight in the car.
  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Take only the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports, train stations and on the bus and watch out for your valuables.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

For the most part, there is a subtropical climate.
In the rainy season from November to April, there are regular floods and landslides, which in turn lead to significant traffic obstructions.
The Eastern Highlands in particular were severely affected by the effects of Cyclone Idai in March 2019, and the restoration of the infrastructure is still ongoing in some areas.

Zimbabwe lies in a latently seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes can occur.

  • Keep track of weather reports on a regular basis.
  • Always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Familiarize yourself with earthquake behaviors. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

With effect from May 16, 2017, the European Commission issued an operating ban for the European airspace against the airline Air Zimbabwe, see EU Air Safety List.

There is left-hand traffic in Zimbabwe. Mostly poor road conditions, not working traffic lights, animals on country roads, poor street lighting and vehicles with excessive speed represent a considerable risk of accidents.

The condition of the rental cars cannot be compared with that in European countries. Depending on the insurance conditions, travelers must be liable for damage to the rental car, including those caused by third parties.

Public buses are often in poor technical condition due to a lack of spare parts and poor maintenance.

Taxis are mainly available from the large hotels, but they can also be called by phone. In principle, licensed taxis are equipped with taximeters.

The supply of electricity, drinking water and, in particular, fuels (petrol and diesel, mostly long queues at the petrol stations) is not guaranteed across the board. The poor power supply also leads to the impairment of telecommunications.
In mid-September 2019, the public drinking water supply in Harare and large parts of Zimbabwe was suspended until further notice.

  • Avoid traveling overland on public buses.
  • When traveling with a rental car, do not leave the main roads.
  • When renting a car, make sure you have adequate insurance against third-party debt.
  • Refrain from driving overland after dark.
  • For taxis without a taximeter, negotiate the fare before you start your journey.
  • Always have enough drinking water and fuel with you when driving overland.
  • If possible, before renting an accommodation, make sure that it has its own water supply by means of its own well system or water storage tanks.

Driver's license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.


Homosexual acts are punishable by punishment (a fine or up to one year in prison), are publicly condemned by the current government and, as in many other African countries, are traditionally perceived as immoral.

Legal specifics

Photography and filming of military installations and vehicles, soldiers, police officers, VIPs and security-relevant buildings (e.g. the official residence of the President "Zimbabwe House" or "State House" on Borrowdale Road in Harare) is prohibited. This is interpreted very broadly. Landscape photos, in which farms of members of the government were accidentally taken, have already led to arrests.

  • Be sure to observe the prohibitions on photography.

Money / credit cards

The previously common currency in Zimbabwe, the US dollar, was replaced by a new national currency, the Zimbabwe dollar, on June 24, 2019, and the use of foreign currencies was prohibited.

However, payment in US dollars is possible in most shops, hotels and restaurants. Many companies also prefer to pay in USD. There is generally a shortage of cash. So far, there are only a limited number of banknotes and coins in the new national currency, the Zimbabwe dollar.

Electronic payment transactions are processed with so-called RTGS dollars (“Real Time Gross Settlement”).

The modalities of payment transactions are subject to constant changes at short notice.

  • Check with your tour operator, hotel or lodge to find out how to make payments or receive cash.

Paying with foreign credit cards and withdrawing cash from ATMs are currently not guaranteed nationwide. Credit cards are only rarely accepted; if at all, then mostly Visa credit cards, but hardly any Mastercard. Travelers should therefore start their trip with sufficient cash. The resulting increased risk of theft is expressly pointed out. It is therefore advisable to deposit larger amounts of money in the hotel safe in order to minimize the risk of theft.

In the event of a lack of money or loss of the means of travel brought with you, there is the possibility of having small amounts of money transferred from Germany via “Western Union”. It cannot be ruled out that, due to the general lack of foreign currency, individual branches of “Western Union” may not be able to pay out cash despite a transfer. The branch in Ecobank Zimbabwe, 2 Piers Road Sam Levy’s Village, Borrowdale, Harare, Tel .: + 263-42-851642, is excluded from this.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: No
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least six months after the intended stay.


German citizens need a visa to enter the country. This can only be issued upon entry both at national borders and at airports. Detailed information is available from the Department of Immigration Zimbabwe or the Zimbabwean Embassy in Berlin.

The visa available upon entry is a tourist visa that does not allow you to take up any activity in the country. Voluntary internships are also a violation of Zimbabwean residence regulations, which can lead to high fines and imprisonment.

A so-called business visa must be applied for in order to take up a job, including a voluntary one, and the correct residence permit will then be issued by the Department of Immigration, Linquenda House, Nelson Mandela Ave.

A visa extension or, if necessary, a change to a multiple-entry visa through the Department of Immigration, Linquenda House, Nelson Mandela Ave. . required.
The change or extension should be requested in good time in order to avoid unpleasant consequences such as postponing the departure.
The immigration authorities in the larger cities can also make a visa extension or change. The Department of Immigration is responsible in each case.

Zimbabwean residency violations can result in heavy fines and imprisonment.


There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

According to the responsible authorities, the exemption limit for the duty-free import of goods and goods upon entry was reduced to 2,000 US dollars at the beginning of 2016. It is recommended that you check with the Zimbabwean authorities about the current status before starting your journey.

The import of cash is still possible in unlimited amounts. However, the amount imported should be declared to the Zimbabwean customs upon entry so that the remaining amount can be carried with you when you leave the country. According to the Zimbabwean Customs, the maximum limit is $ 2,000. Zimbabwean Customs provides further information.

When exporting a large amount of handicrafts and Shona sculptures intended for sale, a permit from the customs authorities must be presented. The regulations can change constantly, so it is advisable to check directly with customs in Harare.

According to Zimbabwean law, the import of personal hunting weapons (rifles) for a hunting safari with associated ammunition is in principle permitted. However, a Temporary Import Permit is required for the import, which can be obtained at any international airport in Zimbabwe. The import of automatic long guns and handguns is not permitted. However, the temporary export of hunting rifles (which are included in Part I Section A of the Export List) from Germany to Zimbabwe is prohibited due to an existing arms embargo. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control.


In addition to a valid rabies vaccination and a veterinary certificate, pets need an "import permit". Please contact the consular department of the Zimbabwe Embassy in good time.



The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.


In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. When entering from a yellow fever area, proof of a yellow fever vaccination must be provided.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A and typhoid fever are recommended as travel vaccinations, and also against hepatitis B and rabies for long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.


Malaria is caused by crepuscular and nocturnal anopheles- Mosquitoes transmitted. If left untreated, the dangerous one is particularly dangerous Malaria tropica often fatal in non-immune Europeans. The disease can break out weeks to months after your stay in the risk area, see Malaria leaflet.

  • If you develop a fever during or even months after a corresponding trip, see your doctor as soon as possible and inform him about your stay in a malaria area.

Malaria occurs across the country. Risks are particularly high in the north (Zambezi Valley), in the east / south-east (Mozambique border) and in the region around the Victoria Falls. There are low risks in Harare and Bulawayo and at altitudes over 1200m. Due to heavy rains, the south of Zimbabwe is repeatedly burdened with malaria more than usual, primarily the dangerous malaria tropica, see Standing Committee for Travel Medicine (StAR) of the DTG.

To avoid malaria, protect yourself consistently against insect bites as part of exposure prophylaxis. You should pay particular attention to the following points:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers the body (long trousers, long shirts).
  • Repeatedly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body, during the day, in the evening and at night.
  • If necessary, sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.

Depending on the travel profile, in addition to the necessary exposure prophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis (taking tablets) is also useful. Various prescription drugs (e.g. atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine) are available on the German market for this purpose.

  • Discuss the choice of medication and its personal adjustment as well as side effects or intolerance to other medication with a tropical medicine or travel medicine specialist before taking it.
  • It is recommended that you bring sufficient supplies with you.


HIV / AIDS infections are a relevant problem in Zimbabwe. There is generally a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene, most diarrheal diseases and also cholera (see below) can be avoided. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you are out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.


Cholera is transmitted through insufficiently treated drinking water or raw food and can therefore be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Only a small part of the people infected with cholera get sick and of these again the majority with a comparatively mild course. The indication for a cholera vaccination is only given very rarely, usually only in the case of special exposures such as working in hospital with cholera patients, see information sheet on cholera.

  • If necessary, seek advice from a tropical or travel doctor with regard to your risk profile.

Sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis)

In the north of the country - especially in the Caribbean basin - sporadic infections (including safari tourists) with the pathogen causing sleeping sickness can occur, which can be transmitted by large, diurnal tsetse flies with a painful sting, even through thinner fabric .

  • Avoid fly bites through appropriate behavior (including caution when driving in open vehicles) and appropriate sturdy, long clothing; sturdy shoes are particularly advisable here.

Medical supplies

Medical care in the countryside and in the capital cannot be compared with Western European structures. At least in the capital there are some clinics and hospitals (private sector) with very decent conditions. Very seriously ill patients should be flown to South Africa / Germany. In many pharmacies there is a satisfactory supply of medicines.

Medical evacuations in the host country offer Emergency Medical Rescue Services - EMRES - or the company ACE Air & Ambulance. In the event of a medical emergency, the complete patient transfer, including notification of all medical specialties, is organized to South Africa.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take your individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical doctors or travel doctors and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

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