It is advisable to be aware of Zimbabwe visa requirements before travelling to the country.
Zimbabwe has recently updated its travel visa regulations. Check which category you fit into and prepare your travel requirements for Zimbabwe accordingly.
The Zimbabwe visitor visa we will be looking at specifically is the Holiday Visa.
There are 3 categories:
Category A: The nationals of these countries do NOT require a Visa.
No action is required, entry is granted at any border post.
Category B: Countries whose nationals are granted a Zimbabwe visa at the port of entry on payment of the required fees – generally in cash.
These are obtained on your arrival at the Airport or border post.
Please note that if you obtain them through an agency in your home country they will often cost you more.
Category C: The nationals of these countries are required to apply for and obtain a visa prior to travelling.
You can apply through a Zimbabwe High Commission in your home country or, alternatively, a neighboring country.
You may also apply online – go to Zimbabwe e-visa for details.
The nationals of these countries DO NOT need a Zimbabwe travel visa to enter the country.
|ANGOLA||KENYA||SAINT VINCENT & THE GRENADINES|
|ANTIGUA & BARBUDA||LEEWARD ISLANDS||SINGAPORE|
|BELIZE||MALAWI||ST KITTS AND NEVIS|
|CONAKRY||MAURITIUS||TRINIDAD & TOBAGO|
|CYPRUS||MALTA||TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS|
|HONG KONG||SAMOA WESTERN||ZAMBIA|
Countries whose nationals WILL be granted a visa, after paying the fees, at any port of entry into the country.
|VIRGIN ISLANDS||PANAMA||CZECH REPUBLIC|
|SURINAME||PAPUA NEW GUINEA||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC|
|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||POLAND||EL SALVADOR|
|UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||LUXEMBOURG||CHINA (NON TOUR)|
|UNITED KINGDOM||MACAO||COOK ISLANDS|
|TURKEY||KOREA (SOUTH)||COSTA RICA|
|SLOVAKIA||GUYANA||BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS|
|SAN MARINO||ITALY||BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA|
|SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE||HUNGARY||BELARUS|
|NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS||FRANCE|
|PALAU ISLAND||FRENCH POLYNESIA|
If you are a visitor from one of the countries listed below, you are required to obtain and pay for your Zimbabwe tourist visa BEFORE you travel to the country.
|CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC||REFUGEE||MACEDONIA|
The Zimbabwe Department of Immigration reserves the right to change your visa application type at their discretion during the processing procedure. This change may affect the cost of your visa which will be stated in your approval response.
Single Entry allows for entry in only once. After exiting the country, the document is invalid and cannot be used again.
Double Entry allows for up to two entries into the country. Please note that this is only valid up to 90 days from the date of issue. Once you have done two entries and two exits, the document cannot be used again.
Multiple Entry – these CANNOT be obtained at any port of entry into Zimbabwe. You may enter the country on a single entry and then obtain a multiple entry from the town office – this can take up to 7 working days or more to be issued and is often declined.
TIP: If you need to enter 3 or 4 times we advise you to buy a single entry and then a double entry or two doubles.
Immigration charges FULL VISA fees for any individual who requires one – despite their age. This includes infants and children.
Visitors coming from Category B countries are required to pay a fee for their visa when they arrive at their port of entry. Port of entry may be the Victoria Falls International Airport, Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo or the border posts with neighbouring countries (eg Beit Bridge and Plumtree).
Category C nationals who applied online will also need to pay on arrival at any port of entry into the country.
We strongly advise visitors to have cash on hand for this payment. Credit card machines are unreliable. Cash will ensure a smooth process through customs.
How much is a visa for Zimbabwe?
The visa fees for Zimbabwe are listed below:
Britain/Uk/Ireland – US$55 Single Entry / US$70 Double Entry / US$90 Multiple Entry
Canadian – US$75 Single Entry / Multiple entry can only be obtained from local embassy prior to departure
Most of the rest of the World – US$30 Single Entry / US$45 Double Entry
Make a note to self – double check Zimbabwe visa requirements before departure!!
Yes - you need a visa to enter Zimbabwe if you fall into Category B and C of the visa regulations. This includes a passport, return ticket and adequate funds in order to cover the duration of your intended stay in the country.
If traveling into Zimbabwe for tourism, business, or transit, you may obtain a visa on arrival at the airports or land ports-of-entry. You may also apply on-line on the Zimbabwe eVisa website.
The prices do vary according to your country of origin:
USA Passport Holders
The current charges for a single entry Zimbabwe visa is US$30. A double entry is US$45. This could change at any time.
United Kingdom Passport Holders
Currently the charges for a single entry is $US55 with the double entry visa costing $US70. Please note that these prices may change at any time.
Nationals of countries in Category C must apply for a Zimbabwe travel visa before arrival in Zimbabwe. This can be done online at www.evisa.gov.zw.
It takes approximately 2 - 4 days to receive your e-visa. On completion of the online form, and after the relevant processing time, you will receive an email with the document to present upon arrival at your port of entry.
Yes - Zimbabwe is safe to travel in. There is no civil strife at this time and the people of Zimbabwe are generally very friendly and helpful.
As with all world travel be mindful of your bag and valuables security as there are always opportunists waiting to take advantage of unwary tourists.