Time and Currency

Time in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe doesn't operate daylight saving time, and is two hours in the advance of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) during the summer months, as well as during the winter months.

Currency in Zimbabwe

The currencies presently used in Zimbabwe include US dollars, South African rand, Botswana pula, British pounds and Euros – and of these the US Dollar is most common and certainly the best one to travel with.

Please make sure you have a sufficient amount of foreign currency in your possession, prior to entering the country.

It is best to travel with small denominations of foreign currency.. However, no change will be given in foreign currency of amounts below $1 When paying in USD, all airports, immigration offices and many other vendors/shops will only accept  US Dollar notes with the "large heads" printed on them. These are the US Dollar notes printed after 2001. There are no US coins in circulation so small change is in Rand, Pula or even just a few sweets in supermarkets!


Open Monday to Saturday (but closed on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.) Traveller's cheques can easily be exchanged for Zimbabwe dollars at any bank. Major international currencies are also accepted. Major credit cards are accepted at tourist destinations.


Tips of 10% are usually expected by taxi drivers and at hotels. Service charge is often included in a bill, but when not, a 10% tip is acceptable.

Zimbabwe's International Dialling Code

Zimbabwe's International Dialling Code is +263. Calling to Zimbabwe, you need to dial 00 263, followed by an area code (e.g. 4 for Harare); calling from Zimbabwe, you need to dial the relevant country code (e.g. +44 for the United Kingdom, or +1 for the United States of America).