Fast Facts: Zimbabwe

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Zimbabwe. Tourist visas will be issued upon arrival when entering at Harare (HRE) or Victoria Falls (VFA) International Airports, for a fee of $30. Consult the Zimbabwe eVisa website or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Zimbabwe is a year round destination. April thru October is very hot and dry. The Falls tend to be their least impressive, although game viewing is ideal during this period. The rainy season is November thru March. Botanical enthusiasts will enjoy the lush, green vegetation during this period. Zimbabwe's weather is most comfortable right after the rainy season in May and June. The grass is highest then, making game viewing difficult and Victoria Falls is shrouded in mist.

Check out the current weather conditions in Zimbabwe.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Malaria is present in Zimbabwe. Ask your doctor about vaccinations for typhoid, polio, and hepatitis as well. Zimbabwe has one of the highest infection rates in the world for HIV/AIDS. Do not swim in any freshwater such as lakes or rivers since they are house to parasites.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe dollar. Please review the current exchange rate for the Zimbabwe dollar.

Are tips & service charges customary?

In restaurants, tip 10-15%.

What are the best items to shop for?

Shop for minerals, jewelry, dolls, woven hats, wood carvings, copper plaques, wooden spoons, safari clothing, baskets, beads, stone sculptures, and snuffboxes. Ivory has been problematic and some countries do not allow its import.

What are the voltage requirements?

220 volts. Plug D & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.