Zimbabwe Entrance Requirements – Passport, VISA, Customs, and Immunization Requirements for Visitors


If you are traveling to Zimbabwe from outside of the country, you should be aware of the Zimbabwe entrance requirements for visitors before you start planning your travel. If you do not meet the passport, VISA, or immunization requirements, you could be denied entry into Zimbabwe. This is not something that I would wait until the last minute to take care of as you might not have enough time to sort out any issues at the last minute should you run into them.

To assist you in making sure you meet the necessary requirements to visit Zimbabwe, I have outlined all of the requirements you need to be concerned about in this article.  Furthermore, I have also created the handy checklist I linked below for you to use as a point of reference and to track all of the requirements as you meet them.

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Zimbabwe Passport Requirements

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One of the most important of the Zimbabwe entrance requirements that you will need to consider when planning your trip is the country’s passport requirements. In order to be allowed into Zimbabwe, not only will your passport need to be valid, but it will need to be valid for at least 6-months after your date of arrival. So, if your passport is set to expire within 6-months of your arrival date, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Zimbabwe.

Passport Validity Blank Pages Required
At least 6-months beyond arrival date. 2 consecutive empty visa pages per entry.

Zimbabwe VISA Requirements

In addition to the passport requirements, you need to be aware of the Zimbabwe entrance requirements regarding travel visas before planning your travel to Zimbabwe. A VISA is necessary to enter the country and can be obtained at any port of entry (airport or land crossing). According to the US State Department website, it is currently not possible to get your entry VISA for Zimbabwe ahead of time. You should expect to pay USD $30 for a 30-day/single-entry visa, USD $45 for a 45-day/double entry visa or USD $160 for a 12 month/ multiple-entry visa. Please note that extensions of the 30-day and 45-day visas are possible and require visiting the Zimbabwe Immigration Office’s public window.

Zimbabwe Immunization Requirements

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Routine Travel Vaccinations for Zimbabwe

Important Note: I am not a medical doctor and do not have any medical experience. The information provided in this section is a summary of information that I got from the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States for travel to Zimbabwe. I am providing you this information to help bring awareness of the necessary vaccinations to you, but consultation of my guide should not replace a discussion about your travels with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

One of the most important, and yet most often overlooked, aspects of travel is the necessary vaccinations that are required or recommended to keep you safe and healthy when you travel. Before you depart for Zimbabwe, you are going to want to make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations. Some of these vaccinations, like the Yellow Fever vaccination, are included in the Zimbabwe entrance requirements if you are travelling to Zimbabwe from certain high-risk locations. Other vaccinations, such as a flu shot and the Rabies vaccine, are recommended, but not required. For your convenience, I have summarized the CDC’s recommendations on vaccines and healthcare for travelers visiting Zimbabwe for you to review below.

There are a number of vaccinations that the CDC recommends that you get before traveling to Zimbabwe, which I have outlined for you below. If you are traveling to Zimbabwe from a destination where Yellow Fever is common, even if it is only a long layover, then you will be required to show proof of vaccination before you will be allowed into the country. The other vaccinations on this list are not in the Zimbabwe entrance requirements, but they are strongly recommended.

Vaccine How Disease Spreads Details
Hepatitis A Food & Water Recommended for most travelers
Hepatitis B Blood & Body Fluids Accelerated schedule available
Yellow Fever Thru the bite of infected mosquitoes. If you are going to be traveling from a country where Yellow Fever is endemic, even if it is only for a layover twelve hours or more, you will need to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination and have certification of that vaccination before you will be allowed into Zimbabwe.
Rabies The saliva of infected animals. Bites or licks on open wounds are the most common vector. Requires three shots over 21-28 days
Typhoid From food and water you handle or ingest. Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
COVID-19 From being around or coming into contact with someone who is sick. Depending on Vaccine brand, will require one or two shots over multiple weeks. Everyone 16 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travel.
Measles Various vectors. Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.
Malaria Contracted from mosquito bites. CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Zimbabwe take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.

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Routine Vaccinations for Zimbabwe

In addition, the vaccinations that are recommended for travel to Zimbabwe specifically, there are other routine vaccinations that you should make sure that you are current on before traveling anywhere in this world. For an overview of the routine vaccinations recommended by the CDC, please review the chart that I have included below.

Disease Name How Disease Spreads Advice
Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) Various Vectors Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended
TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) Thru open wounds & airborne transmission Only one adult booster of pertussis required
Chickenpox Direct contact with infected individuals & airborne transmission Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox
Shingles Direct contact with infected individuals Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
Pneumonia Airborne transmission Two vaccines given separately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both
Influenza airborne transmission Vaccine components change annually
Meningitis Direct contact with infected individuals & airborne transmission Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students
Polio Thru contaminated food and water Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended

Non-Vaccine Preventable Diseases

In addition to the recommended vaccinations, there are other health precautions that you should take when traveling to Zimbabwe to avoid getting sick. While these health precautions aren’t on the list of Zimbabwe entrance requirements, they are important measures that you can take to make sure you don’t get ill while traveling.

aVOID CONTAMINATED WATER

When traveling, one of the easiest ways to get sick is to come into contact with contaminated water. There are a number of illnesses that are found in Zimbabwe that can be spread by either drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Before you depart for your trip, you will want to be aware of the illnesses below. To avoid getting sick, make sure you stick to drinking bottled water and avoid swimming in stagnant pools.

Disease Name How Disease Spreads Advice
Leptospirosis Touching fluids of infected animal or drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Avoid contaminated water and soil
Schistosomiasis Wading, swimming, bathing, or washing in contaminated freshwater streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, or untreated pools. Avoid contaminated water and soil

AVOID BUG BITES

Another easy way to get sick while traveling is to be bitten by bugs that carry illnesses. The most common insect that spreads diseases to humans is the mosquito, but ticks and flies can also spread serious illnesses thru their bites. To make sure you don’t fall ill from an insect bite while in Zimbabwe, I would recommend bringing insect repellent and mosquito netting with you when you visit and avoid getting bitten by bugs as much as possible.

Disease Name How Disease Spreads Advice
African Tick-Bite Fever Tick bite Avoid Bug Bites
Chikungunya Mosquito bite Avoid Bug Bites
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever Tick bite or touching the body fluids of a person or animal infected with CCHF. Avoid Bug Bites
African Sleeping Sickness Tsetse Fly bite Avoid Bug Bites
Dengue Mosquito bite Avoid Bug Bites



Avoid Animals

In addition to illnesses that you can contract via contaminated water and bug bites, there are also several severe illnesses that you can contract from animals in Zimbabwe. You should always avoid touching wild or domesticated animals, their waste or body fluids, and where they bed and live. According to the CDC, the following severe illnesses can be contracted from animals in Zimbabwe.

Disease Name How Disease Spreads Advice
Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Touching infected animals, their waste or body fluids, or objects contaminated with these fluids. Avoid sick people and animals.
Rift River Valley Touching blood, body fluids, or tissue of infected livestock or by mosquito bite. Avoid animals and bug bites.

be aware of airborne AND droplet illnesses

Out of all the ways that illnesses can be spread, the diseases that are airborne are the hardest to protect yourself against. After all, you don’t have to physically touch or be touched by an infected person or animal and there isn’t a repellant that you can spray on to avoid catching these illnesses. This is why it is always important to be observant of those with whom you interact with while traveling and make sure you don’t expose yourself to potentially harmful airborne illnesses. According to the CDC, the particular airborne illnesses that you should be aware of while travelling to Zimbabwe are as follows:

Disease Name How Disease Spreads Advice
Tuberculosis (TB) Breathing in the air from an infected individual (via cough, speaking, etc..) Avoid people who look sick
Hantavirus Coming into contact with bodily fluids or droppings of infected rodents, being biten by an infected rodent, or less commonly from coming into contact with someone else who is infected Avoid rodents and people who look sick

Zimbabwe COVID-19 Entrance Requirements

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According to the US Embassy in Zimbabwe, as of June of 2022, the country of Zimbabwe has dropped the requirement for all visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to provide a negative PCR test taken before arrival. Travelers who cannot provide verifiable proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 48-hours of their departure to Zimbabwe. I strongly recommend making sure that your COVID-19 vaccination certification has a QR code on it as many countries are requiring the QR code as proof of authenticity.

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Zimbabwe Customs Restrictions

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Free Import

When traveling to Zimbabwe, it is important to understand what types of items that you are free to bring into the country and which items you will be charged or prohibited from bringing in. According to the VISAHQ.com, website, the following items are considered free-import items, but with limits (as described below).

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 500g of tobacco
  • 1L of spirits (over 25% volume of alcohol) or 2L of lighter alcohol beverages (up to 25% volume of alcohol)
  • Non-commercial amounts of gifts and other items for personal use

Prohibited Items

Before you will be allowed into Zimbabwe, you will also need to clear customs to be sure you aren’t carrying any prohibited items with you. For instance, travelers are strictly prohibited from being the following items into Zimbabwe:

  • Narcotics
  • Pornography (please consider the term as used under the Islamic law)
  • Counterfeit items
  • Cultural artefacts and other objects of cultural importance
  • Henna
  • Palm tree and any products thereof
  • Explosive material

Controlled Items

In addition to these prohibited items, the government of Zimbabwe has placed limits on the quantity of other items that can be brought into the country. If you plan to travel with any of the following items when visiting Zimbabwe, you will want to plan accordingly so that you do not violate the Zimbabwe entrance requirements:

  • Live animals – health certificate required along with complete and valid inoculations. Contact nearest embassy to obtain permission.
  • Endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlined by CITES maybe be brought in only with CITES permission.
  • Medication
  • Hunting weapons permissible only with authorization obtainable from Ministry of Interior. Contact nearest embassy for more information (see Contact tab).

Zimbabwe Currency Restrictions

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The final aspect of the Zimbabwe entrance requirements that you will want to make sure you comply with when traveling to Zimbabwe is the amount of currency you plan on bringing to the country. When visiting Zimbabwe, like all countries, you can’t just bring any amount of currency that you want into the country or leave with any amount of currency when visiting. According to the US State Department website, the government of Zimbabwe has the following currency limits and regulations in place:

  • There are no currency restrictions on entry.
  • There is a $2,000 currency restriction on exit unless more is declared upon entry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is currently a currency shortage in Zimbabwe, so make sure you have small denominations of currency with you when you visit as getting change back on purchases may not be possible. After years of hyperinflation, the country has gone back to using the US dollar as their currency, but there are limits to how much you can withdraw from banks and ATMs per day. Very few places accept international credit cards, so I would STRONGLY suggest pre-paying for as much of your travel (hotels, tours, etc..) ahead of time so that you can reserve your cash for other expenses and souvenirs.



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14 comments

  1. You must be getting excited! I remember being in Laos and wanting to pet a dog, but then I remembered about the advice from the doctor and had to hold back. Sounds like it’ll be the same for you there.

    • I am getting so excited!! It has been too long since I have been able to travel internationally. I definitely won’t be petting any dogs, even though I love them. I have read to many scary stories of travelers scrambling to find rabies vaccinations internationally. 😬

      • Almost all the airport/airline horror stories I’ve read have been about Europe, so hopefully everything will go smoothly for you.

      • Fingers crossed!! We do go thru Amsterdam on the way home, so that has me a little anxious. Direct flight from Atlanta there.

      • I’m flying to San Diego in two days and I’m even nervous about that. More than ever, my essentials will be going in my carry-on.

      • Great idea!! I might even try and go just carry-on for my international flights right now. Or at least my essentials and some clothes in case.

      • I wish I could. I’m a chronic overpacker. 🙁

      • I read about an idea I might try. Pack just clothes you want to donate and then donate them at your destination (wash first obviously). Means much less to pack on way home.

      • Yes, I’ve heard about that, too. I’ve never tried it but I should because it’s such a good idea (although I’ve heard that even charity shops and consignment store throw away tons of unsold clothes every year, at least in the US – kinda bursts the bubble).

      • I read that a lot of what people won’t buy at charity snd consignment shops in the US gets sent to Africa and Asia anyways. You bring up a great point though. I don’t want to donate to places that will just try to profit off my altruism at the expense of the needy. Might have to look into this more before my trip.

      • Oh, I think I gave you the wrong idea. What I was referring to was that there is just too much stuff (e.g., clothing) floating around in America. So much that even Goodwill and their ilk can’t use all of it.

      • Gotcha. I did not know that. 😮

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