Zimbabwe : Factfile

Time
GMT +2 hours

Languages
English is the official language, with Shona and Sindebele the main dialects.

Currency
Zimbabwe has adopted a multi-currency scheme:  the US Dollar and South African Rand can be used for domestic transactions. American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted, whilst MasterCard has more limited use. Some ATMs accept credit cards.

Airlines
South African Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Air France, Kenya Airways and most European airlines

Flight time from UK
Approximately 10-12 hours

Visa requirements
Visas are required by UK, US, Australian, Canadian and the majority of European nationals. You must apply for single-entry, double-entry and transit visas in advance from the Embassy or from the visa service CIBT (details below). For multiple-entry visas you must apply direct to the Consulate in Harare. In all cases, please leave plenty of time to accommodate any delays. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from date of departure and have two blank pages. You must also have a return flight ticket and proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
You are able to purchase a joint visa for both Zimbabwe and Zambia on arrival for $50 at either Livingstone or Lusaka Airport or at border entry at Victoria Falls.

See http://www.dha.gov.za or contact the South African High Commission:
Tel: 020 7839 5198
Email: nkanyanab@dirco.gov.za
The Visa Service (www.uk.cibt.com) can also help you arrange your visa.

Health requirements
Zimbabwe is generally considered a healthy place to travel, but you will need certain immunisations and malaria prophylaxes before you travel. You should seek advice regarding all inoculations and health precautions from your doctor or travel clinic as soon as your departure date is known.

The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website www.masta.org (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date immunisation and malarial advice, and give you the location of your nearest Travel Clinic.


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