Zimbabwe

Best Time to go: May to October, the dry season

Best For: The Victoria Falls and Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Capital: Harare (HRE)

Currency: Multi-currency scheme: the US Dollar and South African Rand can be used (a few other currencies can also be used)

Language: English, Shona, Ndebele

Dialling code from SA: + 263

Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 (Same time zone as South Africa)

Side of the Road: Left. South African drivers` licences are recognised in SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe). It is recommended that a letter of verification be obtained from the South African Department of Transport.

Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. South African-style round three-pin and British-style square three-pin plugs are used

Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Bottled water is available.

Health: There may be drug shortages in public hospitals. Private clinics expect cash payment or health insurance. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage.

Customs: Normal social courtesies apply.

Offences / Laws: It is an offence to make derogatory comments about President Robert Mugabe. An open hand is the symbol for the main opposition party, so be cautious if waving. A permit is required to take pictures of military or official buildings, and care should be taken in general when taking photographs – taking photographs of demonstrations, roadblocks or seized farms can lead to arrest. Homosexuality is illegal. Civilians are not allowed to wear camouflage clothing.

Travel Warnings: Check the local political situation before finalising travel plans.

Duty Free: The following items may be imported into Zimbabwe by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:
• 5L of alcoholic beverages (of which up to 2L may be spirits).
• Goods up to the value of US$300.

Prohibited Imports: Prohibited items include pornographic or obscene literature, flick knives, lockable knives, skin lightening creams containing hydroquinone and mercury, counterfeit money, prison-made goods, alcoholic drinks containing noxious chemicals, and anything deemed to threaten the morals of Zimbabweans. Restricted items include drugs, firearms and ammunition, wildlife and wildlife products, agricultural produce, plants and plant products, soil, cultural relics and monuments, and local and foreign currency.

Prohibited Exports: All banned and restricted imports and also banned or restricted from being exported.

Border Post – South Africa to Zimbabwe:
Beit Bridge: 24 hours

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