Zimbabwe Travel Information
Coronavirus has been detected in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe
has introduced a national lockdown on April 20. The
national borders are closed to passenger traffic.
Ethiopian Airlines flies four weekly flights from
Harare. For information about the virus, see the section
Most trips to Zimbabwe take place without unpleasant
incidents. However, the political situation in Zimbabwe
has been tense following the July 2018 elections, with
several cases of violent clashes between security forces
and protesters. Particularly severe riots occurred in
January 2019 when several protesters were killed in
clashes with security forces. There is still a risk that
politically motivated violence may flare up in most
places in the country, and the security situation may
change at short notice. It is important to keep informed
of developments through local contacts, as well as local
and international news media at all times, and avoid
areas of unrest. Please note that in January 2019,
authorities closed access to the Internet and social
media across Zimbabwe. This can happen again.
The Public Order and Security Act places restrictions
on freedom of assembly. The police are authorized to
arrest persons who hold meetings and demonstrations for
which there is no authorization.
Zimbabwe's economic situation is also very difficult
and, after the introduction of new currency (Zimbabwe
dollar), has deteriorated significantly. Inflation and
inflation are very high. The supply of goods,
electricity and fuel varies greatly. Norwegian visitors
should do thorough preliminary investigations before
entering. In several areas, it will be necessary to
bring enough US dollars to meet all needs during the
visit. It is also important to note that the critical
fuel shortage can affect travel plans.
Crime is a minor problem than in other countries in
southern Africa, but burglary, robbery and pickpocketing
occur more often than in Norway. Due to the critical
economic situation, there is also a clear upturn in all
forms of profit crime. So take a cab when it's dark.
Don't move outside with valuables, but lock this in the
hotel safe. Never carry valuables, handbags or luggage
visible in the car/taxi. Drive a car with locked doors.
Avoid night driving outside major cities.
Corruption is a major problem, and as a foreigner,
one can often be asked for unregulated payment by
police, airport personnel and others. In such
situations, travelers are advised to remain calm and
cooperate if the situation is perceived as unsafe or
Exceeding the validity of the visa can have
consequences in the form of fines, imprisonment,
deportation and entry bans. Check the visa label
carefully, and if there is any doubt about information
codes, ask the issuing authority before traveling.
Tourist visas do not entitle you to work.
- Countryaah: Harare is the capital
of Zimbabwe. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Practical safety rules for travelers to and in
- Contact the host/hotel/guesthouse before
departure for updated information on the security
situation, and follow the news.
- Avoid political demonstrations and larger
assemblies. Avoid visits to densely populated
neighborhoods as well as village areas outside the
known tourist destinations.
- Avoid all driving after dark outside cities and
be aware that there may be a shortage of gasoline
- Always have enough US dollars, and be aware that
access to both currency and goods is unpredictable.
- Pay close attention to avoid winning crimes.
Keep a low profile in conflict situations.
- Always carry personal identification or a copy
of your passport. Be cooperative if you are stopped
by police or military forces.
- Visiting journalists are particularly advised to
contact the embassy prior to entering for updated
information on the security situation.
- If you are driving a car, you must stop for all
emergency vehicles and police cars with sirens/blue
lights. Drive to the side and stop. Do not
photograph or hint at those driving in any short
circuit. There are also photography bans at
parliament and some government buildings.
- We recommend seeking the advice of a local
contact person if possible. The embassy recommends
visiting Norwegians who plan longer stays to contact
the embassy before or on arrival. As always, it is
important to emphasize the importance of taking out
- It is recommended that you drink only
filtered/purified water. Good hand hygiene is
If advice or consular assistance is needed, the
Norwegian Embassy in South Africa can be contacted at
[email protected] or +27 12 364 3700.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Visas to Zimbabwe can be purchased upon entry for a
fee. All travelers to Zimbabwe are advised to check the
visa label carefully so that there is no doubt about the
validity of the visa. Breaking the rules can have very
Travelers are advised to contact the nearest
Zimbabwean Embassy (Stockholm) before departure to
obtain updated information on current visa and entry
For the Nordic region, the contact address is:
Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe
S-103 65 Stockholm
Herserudvägen 5 A
181 34 Lidingö
Tel: +46 8 765 53 80
Fax: +46 8 21 91 32
Norwegian emergency passport is accepted as travel
document upon entry into Zimbabwe.
Persons with refugee travel documents or stay on
humanitarian grounds, green or blue travel document,
must apply for a visa at the Zimbabwean Embassy before
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian travelers should
keep abreast of the development of the coronavirus. Feel
free to follow local authorities' advice, guidance and
instructions on how to deal with the situation.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Zimbabwe is a risk area for malaria and it is
recommended to use malaria prophylaxis if traveling
outside Harare. For the rest, one should consult a
physician for guidance regarding. vaccines before
departure. Cholera outbreaks occur from time to time,
most recently in September 2018. Water can be drunk
after thorough boiling and filtration. Since there is
also contamination of groundwater and boreholes in
several places, it is recommended to buy drinking water.
Food from eateries with steady turnover will normally be
safe, but caution should be exercised.
The standard of public hospitals is very low. There
are some private clinics / small hospitals with somewhat
higher standards. Consult a hotel or tour operator for
advice in this regard. If you become seriously ill, you
will usually be flown out for treatment in South Africa.
You are also advised to check the Directorate of
Health's website before traveling to Zimbabwe.
For visits to Zimbabwe, it is very important to take
out good travel insurance. Travel insurance should cover
expenses related to injuries, accidents, sickness and
home transport/transport. If you are going to do special
activities during your stay abroad, such as extreme
sports, you should investigate whether it is necessary
to take out additional insurance.
If you are affected by illness or accident during a
temporary stay abroad, you should contact the insurance
company (alarm center) or tour operator. You may also
need advice or consular assistance from the Norwegian
Embassy in South Africa, which also covers Zimbabwe. It
can be contacted at [email protected] or +27 12 364
Zimbabwe has subtropical climate. The year can be
divided into three seasons: the cold season, which lasts
from May to August with July being the coldest month,
the warm season from September to November and the rainy
season which normally lasts from December to
March/April. During the cold season, daytime
temperatures are around an average Norwegian summer day,
with some cool evenings. Parts of Zimbabwe are 1000
meters above sea level. Here the temperature can drop to
zero degrees at night during the cold season.
Natural disasters in Zimbabwe are primarily
associated with drought. The rainy season can cause
local danger of flooding as well as frequent and heavy
When traveling to Zimbabwe you are encouraged to
register at reiseregistrering.no. The information you
register will be processed in accordance with the
requirements of the Personal Data Act and will not be
disclosed. Data related to a trip to Zimbabwe will be
automatically deleted 30 days after the date you stated
to be out of the country.
Valid currency is Zimbabwe dollar. Several hotels,
restaurants and shops are allowed to accept US dollars.
Some places accept South African rand. However, the
country has an ongoing, crisis-like shortage of
currency, and it is recommended to bring sufficient US
dollars, including small notes. It is possible to use
credit cards for many transactions in the larger cities,
but the banking and payment systems are vulnerable, and
it is important to always have enough dollars in hand to
settle in case the system fails.
Norwegian mobile phones can normally be used. Power
outages and water shortages occur frequently, even in
hotels. Bring a flashlight. Zimbabwe uses sockets of
English type, so remember adapter.
Note that car hire can be both difficult and
expensive, and public transport is unreliable and often
unsafe. Think carefully about how to get from A to Z
throughout your stay in Zimbabwe.