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Last updated: June 2022

If Africa is on your travel bucket list, Zimbabwe is a great destination to start exploring the continent. This landlocked country located in Southern Africa is home to one of the world’s greatest natural treasures, the Victoria Falls. Additionally, Zimbabwe’s many safari parks offer a variety of wildlife viewing experiences. But before you plan your trip, it’s important to check if you’re eligible for a Zimbabwe visa.

Fortunately, iVisa.com has collected the most up-to-date information about visas, entry requirements, or travel documents for Zimbabwe. Simply follow the online process for the Zimbabwe visa application, without any hassle or paperwork.

What is the Zimbabwe e-visa?

To eliminate long border queues, the Zimbabwe government has recently implemented an electronic visa application system for international travel.

You can apply for the Zimbabwe visa online. When approved, the document will be sent to you via email. All you have to do is simply print the document and present it upon entry to Zimbabwe. This visa is only valid for tourism or visiting family.

Do I need a visa for Zimbabwe?

Several nationalities need an e-visa for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe offers 3 different types, category A, B, and C.

  • Category A: Travelers from countries in category A do NOT require a Zimbabwe visa. You will be granted a single entry visa at any border post.
  • Category B: Travelers from countries in category B are granted a Zimbabwean tourist visa upon arrival, on payment of requisite visa fees. You can also pre-apply for the Zimbabwe visa online on the Zimbabwean government website.
  • Category C: Travelers from countries in category C are required to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to their trip. You can apply for one online through iVisa.com.

Please check if you need a specific travel document for Zimbabwe through the handy visa checker and apply straight away!

How long is the Zimbabwean tourist visa valid for?

The Zimbabwe visa is valid for 90 days in Total from the moment of entry. Furthermore, you will have to start your trip in Zimbabwe within 90 days of the visa being granted. It’s possible to choose between a Single Entry or Double Entry visa.

What are the requirements to apply for a Zimbabwe tourist visa?

We require the following to submit your online visa application:

  • Passport validity of at least 6 months from the date of entry.
  • Airplane return ticket to your home country.
  • Proof of adequate funds to cover your intended stay in Zimbabwe.
  • At least one blank page in your passport.

Do I need a Zimbabwe visa if I’m transiting through the country?

All visitors with a short stopover in Zimbabwe that are traveling to another country as their final destination, will need to get a non-renewable transit visa online.

Please note, this is not the same as the visa issued for tourism. Contact your local Zimbabwe embassy or consulate for more information about the application process for transit visas.

How do I apply for the Zimbabwe travel visa online?

Applying for your Zimbabwe visa with iVisa.com is easy and reliable. Simply follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Provide basic information about yourself, your contact details, and your trip by answering a couple of questions. Make sure you're applying for the right document or visa.
  • Step 2: After you have ensured that you have supplied all the necessary information and choose your preferred processing time, pay online for your Zimbabwe Visa using a credit or debit card.
  • Step 3: Finally, upload any required documents, and click ‘Submit.’

Once you’re finished with the process, our expert team will take care of your request, and you will receive a confirmation of your final travel document on the provided email address. We advise you to print all the documents and show these to immigration officials when necessary.

Please note that it is not possible to change any details on the e-visa once it's issued. If you realize you made a mistake before your visa has been issued, then please contact us ASAP via online chat or by sending an email to [email protected].

What are the costs and processing times of the Zimbabwe Visa?

The costs for the Zimbabwe visa vary, based on the departure date of your trip. On iVisa.com, you can choose any of the three processing times and corresponding fees below.

The government of Zimbabwe charges a fee of USD $30.00 for a Single Entry visa, and USD $45.00 for Double Entry. Applicants can pay for the visa service fee with a credit or debit card on iVisa.com.

  • Standard Processing Time: For those planning ahead, you can obtain your visa to enter Zimbabwe in 6 Business Days for a service fee of USD $49.99.
  • Rush Processing Time: This option takes just 4 Business Days for a fee of USD $85.99, and is ideal for travelers planning a last-minute trip.
  • Super Rush Processing Time: This is the fastest option and will suit anyone in a rush, as it takes only 2 Business Days for a service fee of USD $125.99.

Visiting Zimbabwe with minors

All travelers, including minors, have to apply for a Zimbabwe visa to enter the country. Traveling to other countries in Southern Africa with children may require additional entry permits or documentation. For further details on the supporting documents you might need for your trip, we encourage you to contact the Zimbabwean embassy.

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COVID-19 requirements or restrictions

Regardless of destination, travelers should exercise increased caution when taking part in international travel. For further information about the implemented measures in Zimbabwe, read below.

Do I need to do a PCR-test or vaccination certificate to visit Zimbabwe?

If you’re unvaccinated and cannot show proof of vaccination, you need to obtain a valid negative test certificate of a PCR-test taken within 48 hours prior to the start of your trip.

You can visit Zimbabwe without doing a PCR-test if you're fully vaccinated with a proof of vaccination (2 doses) by means of one or more of the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.

Children under 5 are exempt from COVID-19 requirements.

  • Note: All travelers should validate their COVID-19 test result via the African Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems. These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test result, which should be presented upon request.

Do I need to quarantine once I get to Zimbabwe?

There are currently no quarantine requirements in Zimbabwe.

Do I need to fill out a health form for Zimbabwe?

All travelers visiting Zimbabwe must fill in a track and trace form with their contact details on arrival.

What else should I keep in mind before traveling to Zimbabwe?

The following points should be kept in mind during the Zimbabwe travel visa application process:

  • Applicants are eligible to use the online visa services to visit Zimbabwe through the following border ports of entry:

    1. Beitbridge (from South Africa)
    2. Harare International Airport (air travel)
    3. Chirundu
    4. Plumtree
    5. Forbes - Mutare
    6. Nyamapanda
    7. Kariba
    8. Victoria Falls
    9. Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport
  • A proof of Yellow Fever vaccine is required if you’re traveling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

  • Credit cards aren't widely accepted in Zimbabwe, so make sure to bring enough cash to pay for your tours, transportation, and tips. You can pay with US dollars and South African rands in most places, but notes dated before 2003 are not accepted. High denomination notes may also not be accepted.

  • Please don't wear clothes with camouflage patterns or designs, the Zimbabwean government does not allow this. Visitors to Zimbabwe are urged not to wear or carry military-style clothing.

  • Please exercise increased caution when photographing people. Zimbabweans are friendly, but not everyone likes to be photographed. Taking photos of government buildings, military personnel, or government institutions is prohibited.

Where can I contact you with questions about visa services?

For additional information about other documents or the online application process for the Zimbabwe visa, contact us our expert customer support team or email us at [email protected]. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions!

Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant's Photo

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Last Page of Passport (if applicable)

  • Proof of Accommodation (if applicable)

  • Proof of Residence

  • Invitation Letter (if applicable)

  • Cover Letter (if applicable)

  • DVST Application Letter (if applicable)

  • Airline Confirmation (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • The e-Visa is valid for 90 days after issued

  • Zimbabwe e-Visas take up to 6 Business Days (Monday to Friday) to be issued.

  • A proof of accommodation is required to obtain the travel document. The dates in this document MUST match the travel dates selected in the application. This is a requirement that is demanded by the government in order to issue the travel document.

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond your listed arrival date.

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Applicant’s passport should have at least 6-months validity from the time of entry into Zimbabwe and at least one blank page.

The following countries are eligible for a Zimbabwe e-Visa:

Afghanistan, Anguilla, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cd'ivoire, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo Brazaville, Democratic People's Republic Of Korea, Djibouti Republic, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Refugee, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Thailand, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia, Togo, Tunisia, Vietnam, Yemen

No, we can not change or modify any details on the e-Visa once it's issued. If you do, however, realize you made a mistake before your visa has been issued, then please contact us ASAP via online chat or by sending an email to [email protected]
You can use the e-Visa to enter Zimbabwe through the following entry points:
  • Beitbridge
  • Harare International Airport
  • Chirundu
  • Plumtree
  • Forbes - Mutare
  • Nyamapanda
  • Kariba
  • Victoria Falls
  • Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport
No. While the validity period of your e-Visa begins on the planned date of arrival, as indicated on your application, you are only required to enter Zimbabwe before the expiration date. You can actually stay in Zimbabwe even after the e-Visa expiration (assuming you still meet the 90 days in Total maximum stay requirement) because the validity only refers to entry into Zimbabwe.
We recommend all travelers apply at least 3 weeks before their arrival, in case of unforeseen delays.

If you want to travel to Africa, Zimbabwe is a great place to start. It is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, and it is the home of one of the world’s greatest treasures, the Victoria Falls. But before you start planning your trip to Zimbabwe, it would be best if you learned a little bit about the country. After all, you cannot get there if you are entirely unprepared.

The first thing that we should cover is the entry requirements. You will be pleased to learn that Zimbabwe has a lenient visa policy. It is possible for you to avoid a trip to the Zimbabwean embassy altogether. First, there are certain visa-exempt nationalities. There are 46 countries and territories whose citizens can travel to Zimbabwe without a visa, as long as their stay does not exceed 3 months. If you find yourself in this category, you can enter Zimbabwe holding just a passport. Please make sure that your passport is valid and remains as such for at least another 6 months from your date of departure from Zimbabwe.

Secondly, you should know that Zimbabwe issues visas on arrival for the citizens of 103 countries and territories. This visa is valid for 30 days if you visit your family or if you travel for business purposes, but if you go to Zimbabwe as a tourist, the visa on arrival is valid for 3 months.

Thirdly, Zimbabwe also issues electronic visas. The fee can be paid online or on arrival. However, please keep in mind that the Zimbabwe e-visa is valid only if you enter via the following border checkpoints: Beitbridge, Harare International Airport, Chirundu, Plumtree, Forbes – Mutare, Nyamapanda, Kariba, Victoria Falls, and the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport.

Last but not least, if you are interested in visiting both Zimbabwe and Zambia, you can obtain a universal visa that will grant you entry into both countries. Unfortunately, this type of visa is available only for the citizens of 59 countries and territories.

Now that we covered the entry requirements, we should discuss places of interest. As you may very well know, Zimbabwe has one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. We are referring to Victoria Falls. From February to April, the Zambezi River is in full flood, and that is what makes Victoria Falls so massive. If you go there, you will witness a huge curtain of falling water. This is one of the primary tourist attractions in Zimbabwe, and many tourists flock there to see it. You can even find a hotel and restaurant located in the area. They will give you a great view of the waterfall. You cannot travel to Zimbabwe and not see Victoria Falls.

Apart from Victoria Falls, there are other attractions that you may be interested in. For one thing, you can visit the Great Zimbabwe, where you will find the archaeological remains of a Southern African ancient city. It is entirely built of stone, and it was the epicenter of an old African empire called the Munhumutapa Empire. You may not know this, but Zimbabwe actually means ‘house of stone.’ In case you are interested in some stunning views, we recommend that you travel to the Eastern Highlands. There, you will find the mountains that form the border with Mozambique. The sights are amazing, and the villages nearby are very popular with tourists.

Kariba is yet another location you may want to visit. Lake Kariba came into existence because of a damming project on the Zambezi River. This location is popular with tourists as well because they are given a chance to observe wildlife in an almost natural environment. The lake is also significant because it is an important source of hydro-electric power. While there, you can rent a houseboat for a few days.

Last but not least, while in Zimbabwe, you can take a trip to Matobo. Located in the southwest, you will find some interesting rock formations. What is interesting about them is that they are balanced in such a way that you would not think possible. It is like nature is defying the laws of physics. However, that is not so. In fact, the rocks are a result of wind erosion. Sand is blown between the stones, and that is what holds them in that unnatural position. If you are looking for something exciting to do, we recommend Antelope Park. It is located in Gweru, and there you will have the opportunity to walk with lions, swim with elephants, or ride horses. However, you are advised to do your own research before interacting with these animals. Otherwise, you may put yourself in danger.

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, but the good news is that almost everyone speaks English. Even older people and school children. So, you should not come across any language barriers (if you speak English, of course). Zimbabwe is a very safe country. In fact, it is one of the safest in Africa. Of course, small crimes happen, but that is the case in any other country in the world. All you have to do is use your common sense, and you will not have any incidents during your trip.

Before traveling to Zimbabwe, we advise you to take anti-malaria medication. Just keep in mind that even drugs will not prevent you from getting infected, they only decrease the severity, which is why other precautions are necessary. Basically, you have to stay away from mosquitos. Use nets when you sleep and cover your skin as much as possible in the evening and during the night if you are outside. HIV is also prevalent in Zimbabwe.

The people in Zimbabwe are welcoming. You will be treated with respect, but you have to give some back. For example, you should never receive something with your left hand. When you want to offer something, it must be done with your right hand as well. Also, please refrain from speaking against the Zimbabwean government. Believe it or not, undercover police officers will sometimes trick tourists into talking badly about it, and in Zimbabwe, that is a punishable crime. It is best if you do not talk about it at all to anyone.

If you do decide to go to Zimbabwe, you will not regret it. The country has plenty of attractions, and you will have a wonderful time there. As long as you take all the necessary precautions, you will have one of the loveliest African experiences.