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COVID-19

Info on Covid-19 entry requirements for travel between South Africa and Zimbabwe and Zambia. Please note that this should serve as a guideline only as the info is subject to change. 
 
Zambia
  • All in-coming travellers will provide evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test certificate.
  • The test should have been done within 72 hours of departure date.
  • All travellers coming to Zambia are encouraged to be fully vaccinated.
  • Children aged below five years entering Zambia will not be required to produce a negative SARS CoV-2 test result.
A notice was issued advising that inbound-travellers to Zambia with results from non-Trusted Travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload a copy of their results on the Global Haven System for authentication, as forged documents will undermine the ability to travel globally. That said, we are aware there have been some issues with uploading the necessary on the site. Thus far we have had no problems with tests not being accepted for our guests – whether uploaded or not - however, we do suggest trying to upload certificates on the following: https://globalhaven.org 
Be aware that authorities in our areas of operation will only accept RT-PCR tests processed in a laboratory. Antigen/rapid or self-tests are not accepted
 
Zimbabwe
  • All passengers arriving at Harare, Bulawayo or Victoria Falls International Airports are required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours of boarding. Passengers can then proceed unless the officials believe a traveller to be symptomatic. They then may be required to undergo a further PCR test on arrival at the travellers own cost ($60).
  • All passengers are required to complete a COVID-19 contact-tracing document on arrival.
  • An Airport Official may also take passengers' temperatures. Anyone recording a temperature equal to or higher than 38°C will be tested for COVID-19 at their expense.
  • Travellers that test positive will then be required to go into local isolation for 10 days. Isolation is at the traveller's own expense. After isolation, travellers will need to be retested before they are permitted to travel home or on to their next destination.
  • Travellers flying into Zimbabwe can overnight for up to 30 days before a road transfer or a flight out of the country.
  • Travellers are to adhere to WHO COVID-19 standard practices at all times, such as maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask in public and practicing personal hygiene.
  • Zimbabwe is registered on the Trusted Travel Initiative Platform and it is preferable to have your departing PCR test done at the Bio express lab in Victoria Falls who are accredited with this platform. However, this is not an absolute requirement at this stage and test results from other non-accredited labs are also accepted.

Arriving Through A Land Border
Only the KAZUNGULA (Botswana) and VICTORIA FALLS BRIDGE (Zambia) borders are open to tourists who have received full vaccination. Other borders are restricted to transportation of goods and returning residents.
All travellers still need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours of crossing. Those under 18 years old do not require the vaccination certificate but must produce a negative RT-PCR test.
Unvaccinated travellers can only enter through a land border if they are transiting Zimbabwe and are flying out on the same day. They have to produce a printed version of their departure flight for the same day. Travellers arriving in Zimbabwe by road cannot overnight in the country.