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COVID-19 Information
July 29, 2022


Last updated: [July, 29, 2022]

*** Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Please check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.


Country-Specific Information

  1. According to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe has a cumulative total of 256,315 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 5,574 deaths as of July 28, 2022.
  2. People must wear face masks in public and observe social distancing, defined as keeping a distance of at least one meter from any other individual (this requirement has not been enforced consistently).
  3. Every person arriving in Zimbabwe will be asked to show valid proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Those who cannot show proof of being fully vaccinated must show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their departure to Zimbabwe. Those with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need proof of a negative PCR test to enter Zimbabwe.
  4. A curfew is in place from midnight to 5:30AM (this requirement has not been enforced consistently).
  5. Restaurants, bars, and night clubs may operate from 8AM to 10PM and offer sit-in service to vaccinated customers only (this requirement has not been enforced consistently).


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 24 hours? Yes


List of laboratories assessed and certified by the Government of Zimbabwe

Test results may be returned by text message or email. Some labs will provide a physical copy upon request.  Many travelers are able to organize any required testing through their hotel or lodge. 

Private Laboratories: 

  1. Lancet Medical Laboratories, St Annes Hospital/ Baines Avenue/ Borrowdale/ Boscobel – Harare 
  2. PSMI Medical Laboratories 132 S. Machel Avenue/ Parkview/ Immuno Diagnostic Centre/ West End Hospital – Harare 
  3. Cimas Medical Labs 60 Baines Avenue/ Borrowdale Park/ Montagu Clinic/ High Glen – Harare 
  4. Baines Pathology Laboratory – Harare 
  5. Corporate 24 Medical Laboratories – Harare 
  6. Belvedere Medical Centre – Laboratory – Harare 
  7. Ace Air & Ambulance Services (Pvt) Ltd – Harare 
  8. Immunopath Diagnostic Laboratory Services – Harare 
  9. Mars Clinical Laboratories – Harare 
  10. Vislink Investments t/a Trauma Centre- Harare 
  11. Central 24 Medical Laboratories – Harare 
  12. Lancet Medical Laboratories – Bulawayo 
  13. Cimas Medical Labs- Bulawayo 
  14. Corporate 24 Medical Laboratories – Bulawayo 
  15. Mater Dei Hospital Laboratory (DLS)- Bulawayo 
  16. 24 Hours Diagnolab – Bulawayo 
  17. Immuno-Genetics Medical Laboratories- Bulawayo 
  18. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Chinhoyi 
  19. Lancet Medical Laboratories – Chinhoyi 
  20. Lancet Medical Laboratories, Gweru 
  21. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Gweru 
  22. Cimas Medical Labs- Gweru 
  23. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Kwekwe 
  24. Lancet Medical Laboratories – Kwekwe 
  25. Cimas Medical Laboratories – Kwekwe 
  26. Cimas Medical Labs – Mutare 
  27. Lancet Medical Laboratories- Mutare 
  28. PSMI Medical Laboratories –Mutare 
  29. Lancet Medical Laboratories- Masvingo 
  30. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Masvingo 
  31. Collin Saunders Hospital Laboratory – Triangle, Masvingo 
  32. Lancet Medical Laboratories- Bindura 
  33. Lancet Medical Laboratories-Victoria Falls 
  34. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Victoria Falls 
  35. Cimas Medical Laboratories – Victoria Falls 
  36. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Marondera 
  37. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Rusape 
  38. Cimas Medical Labs – Makoni- Chitungwiza 
  39. South Medical Hospital Laboratories – Chitungwiza 
  40. PSI Medical Laboratories – Chitungwiza 
  41. Chitungwiza New Start Center Laboratory – Chitungwiza 
  42. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Beitbridge 
  43. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Chiredzi 
  44. Quality Diagnostics Laboratories – Zvishavane 
  45. Carelab Medical Laboratories – Hwange 
  46. Hwange Colliery Laboratory – Hwange 
  47. World Class Medical Laboratory – Filabusi 
  48. Gwanda Private Clinical Laboratories – Gwanda 
  49. PSMI Medical Laboratories – Kadoma 
  50. Medtrek Clinical Laboratories – Chipinge 

Government Laboratories:

  1. National Microbiology Reference Laboratory
  2. Plumtree District Hospital
  3. Gwanda Provincial Hospital
  4. Beitbridge District Hospital
  5. St Lukes Mission Hospital
  6. Victoria Falls Hospital
  7. Gutu Mission Hospital
  8. Masvingo Provincial Hospital
  9. Gweru Provincial Hospital
  10. Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital
  11. Kadoma General Hospital
  12. Marondera Provincial Hospital
  13. St Alberts Mission Hospital
  14. Bindura Provincial Hospital
  15. Rusape General Hospital
  16. Mutare Provincial Hospital
  17. Chipinge District Hospital
  18. Sally Mugabe Central Hospital
  19. Parirenyatwa Central Hospital
  20. Chitungwiza Central Hospital

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)


COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Zimbabwe approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?
    • Yes: Sinopharm’s BBIBP-CorV, Sinovac’s CoronaVac, Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN, and the Sputnik V vaccines. Zimbabwe government officials have stated that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is approved, but it is not yet available in Zimbabwe.
  • Are vaccines available in Zimbabwe for U.S. citizens to receive?
    • Yes, at a cost.  Only public and private sites participating in the Government of Zimbabwe’s vaccination campaign offer
  • Which vaccines are available in Zimbabwe?
  • Where can one learn more about FDA-approved vaccines?
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States. 
    • The U.S. 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.


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? No, except for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Where can U.S. citizens get information about renewing or extending visas. U.S. citizens can obtain it at the Department of Immigration Control website .


Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
  • What time is the curfew? Currently from midnight to 5:30AM (this curfew has not been enforced consistently).
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.


Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
  • 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.
  • The law states that travelers who present fake COVID-19 certificates will be arrested and prosecuted.


Consular Operations

  •  The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe is offering routine American Citizen services. To schedule an appointment for a passport service for U.S. Citizens, please use this online reservation system .
  • To reserve an appointment for notarial services, please follow this link .
  • If you are unable to find an appointment and your situation is an emergency, including emergency passport services, or for other inquiries, including Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, please email consularharare@state.gov or call the U.S. Embassy at 0867 701 1000.
  • The Consular Section is currently providing limited visa services.  More information is available here.


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