Health and Safety

Covid -19 Advice For Travellers Arriving to Zimbabwe

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Ports of entry

The countries land borders remain closed until COVID-19 restrictions have been further relaxed unless it’s for cleared cargo purposes and returning residents. Those who are PCR negative on arrival will no longer be required to meet a 7 day mandatory quarantine period in Government facilities but are allowed to self-quarantine at home with reviews conducted by the Rapid Response Teams in the locality

As Zimbabwe, we are assertive that once the COVID-19 health and safety protocols are observed, the travel and tourism sector will effectively carry out its operations.

Don’t underestimate the sun

Sunstroke and heatstroke are common conditions for new visitors to Africa. Zimbabwe does not have a very humid climate, but it is  more tolerable than in other tropical countries, so it can be easy to forget how long you’ve been out in the direct sunlight. Avoid getting sun burn by staying well hydrated throughout the day with water,  wear shades and  sun hats or caps.

Take precautions against malaria

Malaria is present in certain areas of Zimbabwe at certain times of the year, so visit your doctor or travel clinic to discuss prophylactics (prevention), ideally 2 months before you go.

Malaria transmission areas and seasons: Central regions of Zimbabwe such as Harare and Bulawayo have extremely low malaria transmission rates, as shown in the map below. This means that if you are only visiting Harare or Bulawayo, the likelihood of contracting malaria is very low. In Victoria Falls, Nyanga, Kariba, Gonarezhou and Mana Pools, malaria transmission rates are higher.

The malaria transmission season lasts for about 4 months each year. As shown in the image below, the normal Zimbabwe malaria transmission months are between December  and April each year. Most tourists to Zimbabwe visit between June and August.

 

Pack a small first-aid kit

Buy some basic medical items such as plasters, ibuprofen, paracetamol, Immodium, tweezers, after-sun cream, cream to relieve insect bites and stings, antiseptic cream, any eyecare essentials, etc, and pack these in your luggage. If you’re prone to hay fever, remember to bring antihistamines, too. Make sure you have enough prescribed medication to last the duration of your holiday, as local pharmacies may not be able to provide certain drugs without prior arrangement.

Zimbabwe is not a yellow fever zone

Zimbabwe is not a yellow fever zone, as you can see from the WHO map below. This means you do not need a yellow fever vaccination to visit Zimbabwe. However, if you are travelling into Zimbabwe from a country that does have yellow fever, you will need to display a vaccination certificate when you enter Zimbabwe.

Buy travel insurance

It is highly advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies. Carry copies of your medical insurance in your car and handbag. If anything happens that requires you to go to hospital in Harare or to be airlifted to Johannesburg, your medical insurance certificate will be required.

Check the vaccination requirements

Diseases like meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and polio are serious no matter where you are in the world, and vaccination is the best way of preventing them. Ensure you are up to date with immunisation schedules before you travel.