Location: Landlocked country in south-central Africa. It lies between the Zambezi River in the North and the Limpopo River to the south. The country has land borders with Mozambique to the east, South Africa to the South, Botswana to the west and Zambia to the north.

Time Zone: GMT +2 hours

Language: The official language is English with Shona and Ndebele as recognised regional languages.

Area: 390,757sq. km / 150,871sq.m

Population: 12,523,000.

Electricity: 220v/50Hz

Telephone code: +263

Currency: Zimbabwean Dollar.

Passport/visa requirements: A visa is required to visit Zimbabwe. A visa can be acquired from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London or on arrival in Zimbabwe. Most tourists use the visa on arrival service; so it is recommended they take enough cash with them in small notes to pay for their visa at the airport. Visas can also be applied for online before travel.

On December 1, 2014, a new joint Zimbabwe/Zambia UNIVISA system was introduced. This means travellers can enter both countries using this dual visa, which is valid for 30 days. This visa is issued at the Livingstone, Lusaka and Harare International airports and at the border posts of Victoria Falls and Kazungula. It isn’t available at the Chirundu border.

Visitors should travel with the correct documentation otherwise they risk arrest and deportation. Visitors are currently being given entry permission for anything up to 90 days but should check that the number of days given at the port of entry covers the intended period of stay. They can apply to have this period renewed and extended if required. 

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of six months and have three blank pages left in them to enable visitors to enter Zimbabwe and exit via one of the neighbouring countries, if leaving at short notice becomes necessary.

Flight time: Approximately 12 hours.

For further information contact: Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, 429 Strand, Charing Cross, London, WC2R 0QN. Tel: 020 7240 6169. Web: www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw

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