The following information has been obtained from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smartraveller website. However, as every country decides who can enter or leave through its borders, and entry and exit requirements can change at short notice, we recommend you reconfirm all requirements before you depart.
You must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 48 hours of arrival. COVID-19 tests are not mandatory for accompanying children under five years.
Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted. If you arrive with a fake COVID-19 certificate you could face jail time.
You’re required to use an approved laboratory through the Trusted Travel platform. If you arrive with results from a non-Trusted Travel approved laboratory you’ll be required to upload a copy on the Global Haven system. Only COVID-19 tests obtained on the platform or verified on the Global Haven systems will be valid for exit or entry to Zimbabwe.
You’ll be screened upon arrival and required to take a second COVID-19 (PCR) test for a payment of $US60. Additional fees apply for specific airport logistics.
From 1 December 2021 you must quarantine for 10 days at a designated government centre and you’ll need to undergo another PCR test on day 7 or 8 – all at your own cost.
The Ministry of Health will publish the quarantine centres (lodges and hotels), and accommodation must be booked on or prior to arrival.
Some domestic and international flights are operating, although options are limited. Several airlines have suspended flights in and out of Zimbabwe.
You should contact The Embassy of Zimbabwe and relevant airlines for requirements.
To leave, you must provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) taken 48 hours before your departure. Check test validity requirements at your transit and destination countries. COVID-19 tests are not mandatory for accompanying children under five years. You’re required to use an approved laboratory through the Trusted Travel platform.
STAYING IN COUNTRY
Measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 are being strictly enforced. The government is regularly reviewing these measures. You can consult the Embassy of Zimbabwe website for the most recent updates.
You must wear a face mask in public at all times. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Curfews are in place nation-wide between 9pm and 6am, with enhanced restrictions in place for districts with high incidences of COVID-19.
Australian passport holders need a visa to enter Zimbabwe. You are not required to apply for a visa before travelling, but may pay for and obtain your visa when you enter Zimbabwe.
A 30-day single entry visa, a double-entry tourist visa which is valid for 30 days from each date of entry OR a KAZA UniVisa are available.
A KAZA UniVisa allows multiple entries in a 30-day period:
- between Zimbabwe and Zambia
- to Botswana for day trips
KAZA UniVisa is only available at Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls airports, Victoria Falls land border (Zambia) and Kazungula land border (Zambia/Botswana). A KAZA UniVisa can’t be extended and its availability can change at short notice.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the Embassy of Zimbabwe for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
You could be jailed if you overstay your visa.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION
You’ll need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter. Some airlines may want to see yours before allowing you to board your flight. Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever.
TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN
Children who aren’t accompanied by one or both parents must carry:
- a full birth certificate that identifies their parents
- an affidavit from any absent parents giving consent for the child to travel
The affidavit must be less than 3 months old and include:
- the signatures of both parents
- full names, addresses, phone numbers and passport details of the child and both parents (as listed on the birth certificate)
- travel destinations of the parent and children
- a certified copy of any absent parent’s passport.
If you don’t have valid documents, authorities may deport you or stop you boarding your flight.
Check your documents meet these requirements with the Embassy of Zimbabwe.
Additional useful links:
The Embassy of Zimbabwe in Australia