Zimbabwe – Covid-19 Update & Safety

It was confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic hit Zimbabwe in March 2020.

On the 22nd of February 2021, Zimbabwe launched their COVID-19 vaccination program using the BBIbp-CorV/Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine and

Since the 19th of April, 1.89% of the country’s population received at least one dose. By the 21st of April, 295,631 people received their first dose,

and 37,365 people received their second dose. 

While the country still lacks enough vaccines for its 15 million people, health experts are worried about vaccines’ slow uptake as Zimbabwe aims

to vaccinate about 10 million people by the end of 2021. There are currently 38,045 Coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe, 1,556 deaths and 35,094 recoveries.

Authorities in Zimbabwe are maintaining several COVID-19 restrictions as of March 30.

  • Domestic Measures: A nightly 22:00 – 05:30 nationwide curfew remains in effect.
  • All businesses can resume activity. However, all schools are closed until further notice.
  • All intercity and interprovincial travel that were initially banned, can resume.
  • Bars, gyms, and clubs remain closed, restaurants can offer takeaway services.
  • Facemasks remain compulsory in public.
  • International travel is ongoing.

Safety Advice

  •  Reconfirm all travel arrangements.
  • Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased careful examination, resulting in delays.
  • Network with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
  • Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation.
  • Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.
  • Reconsider and reconfirm non-emergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centres.

Click here to have a look at the travel requirements for Zimbabwe.


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