Transport Protests

This message is to inform U.S. citizens that violent confrontations have occurred between transport workers and Zimbabwe Republic Police along the Mutare highway in the Eastern suburbs of Harare.  We have had reports that traffic into and out of Harare is blocked.  We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens avoid this area if possible.

The Embassy anticipates that tensions will remain high throughout the city and U.S. citizens should monitor local media for updates.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Harare enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

We also recommend that you regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Zimbabwe.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Harare is located at 172 Herbert Chitepo Avenue and is open Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm.  You may call +263 4 250 593 if you have any issues or questions regarding this message.  You may also contact the Consular Section at  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +263 772 559 727 or send a WhatsApp text on +263 772 124 896.