Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Zimbabwe due to crime and official harassment of US citizens.


Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.


US Embassy/Consulate

+(263) (0) 867-701-1000; US Embassy Harare, 2 Lorraine Drive, Bluffhill, Harare, Zimbabwe; consularharare@state.gov; https://zw.usembassy.gov/

LGBTQIA+ Travelers


Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 994, 999; Fire: 993, 999; Police: 995, 999


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Zimbabwe: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19.



Tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March)

Currency (Code)

Zimbabwean dollars (ZWD)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

240 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): D, G

Plug Type DPlug Type G

Major Languages

Shona, Ndebele , English, 13 minority languages

Major Religions

Apostolic Sect, Pentecostal, Protestant, other Christian, Roman Catholic, African traditionalist

Time Difference

UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Harare; Chinhoyi Caves; Bulawayo; Great Zimbabwe Ruins; Hwange National Park; Mana Pools National Park; Lake Kariba; Victoria Falls, Matobo National Park

Major Sports

Soccer, cricket, tennis, handball

Cultural Practices

Zimbabwean tribes and communities are traditionally collectivistic. People tend to put their group or family's interests before their own, receiving support, protection and a sense of belonging in return.

Tipping Guidelines

At restaurants, the tipping standard is usually 10% of the bill. Tip safari guides at the end of a tour $10-15 (USD) per person per day.


Copper, wood, and soapstone carved items; local fabrics; basketwork; pottery; leather goods

Traditional Cuisine

Sadza — cornmeal mixed with water until it becomes a stiff dumpling-like porridge which is then boiled; typically served hot as a side dish for meat or vegetable stews

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Thursday, May 09, 2024