COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:   [01/27/21]

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Zimbabwe has 32,004 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 1103 deaths as of January 24, 2021.
  • In response to increased COVID infections, the government instituted a new nationwide lockdown on January 5.  Curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  International air travel is still permitted, subject to testing requirements as outlined below.  International land travel and inter-provincial/inter-city travel are largely prohibited.  Masks and social distancing are mandatory.  People must wear face masks in public.
  • Only essential businesses are open from 8am-3pm. Restaurants and bars are closed unless serving hotel guests. Schools remain closed.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • The Government of Zimbabwe has authorized the following list of labs to provide official COVID-19 testing. U.S. citizens will need to pay for tests, which cost on average $65-$75.
  • Private Laboratories
  1. Lancet laboratories
  2. PSMI Harare Branch
  3. Cimas Harare laboratory
  4. Diagnopath laboratory Harare
  5. Klosad Laboratory Harare
  6. Mater Dei Hospital Laboratory (DLS)
  7. Multi Tech
  8. Flow Cytometry
  9. Haematology Centre
  10. Bioexpress Laboartory
  11. Genau Laboratory
  12. Pathology Laboratory
  13. Unki Mine Laboratory
  • Government Laboratories
  1. National Microbiology Reference Laboratories
  2. National TB Reference Laboratory
  3. Plumtree District Hospital
  4. Gwanda Provincial Hospital
  5. Beitbridge District Hospital
  6. St Luke’s Mission Hospital
  7. Victoria Falls Hospital
  8. Gutu Mission Hospital
  9. Masvingo Provincial Hospital
  10. Gweru Provincial Hospital
  11. Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital
  12. Kadoma General Hospital
  13. Marondera Provincial Hospital
  14. St Alberts Mission Hospital
  15. Bindura Provincial Hospital
  16. Rusape General Hospital
  17. Mutare Provincial Hospital
  18. Chipinge District Hospital
  19. Sally Mugabe Central Hospital
  20. Parirenyatwa Central Hospital
  21. National Virology Reference Laboratory
  22. Chitungwiza Central Hospital
  23. Chikurubi Maximum Prison
  24. Thorngrove Hospital Laboratory
  25. Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital
  26. Josiah Tongogara Magama
  • Research and Non-Governmental Organizations
  1. Population Service International (PSI)
  2. Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI)
  3. African Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (AIBST)
  • Collection Points authorized
  1. Lancet
  2. Genau
  • Test results are most commonly returned by text message or email, but some labs will provide a physical copy upon request.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Zimbabwe approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • As of December 1, the Government of Zimbabwe requires all new arrivals to the country to present a negative COVID-19 test result issued within the previous 48 hours.
    • The Government of Zimbabwe requires returning residents to either have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within the previous 48 hours -or- to get tested upon arrival and remain in a government holding facility while awaiting the results.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
  • U.S. citizens can obtain information about renewing or extending visas at the Department of Immigration Control website.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

Quarantine Information

  •  Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
    Returning residents, regardless of citizenship, are required to quarantine after arrival in Zimbabwe, though the law does not state a duration.  Visitors to Zimbabwe, regardless of citizenship, are not required to quarantine after arrival.

    • More information about Government of Zimbabwe COVID-related policies is available here.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Individuals found violating curfew may be subject to fines and/or arrest.

Consular Operations

  • The Consular Section continues to provide services to American Citizens.  Please email consularharare@state.gov for an appointment.
  • The Consular Section is providing limited visa services at this time.  More information is available here.

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