Visa Requirements

A Visa to enter Zimbabwe is required by several nationalities, please read the full details listed below.

There are 3 categories:

  • Category A: Countries whose nationals do NOT require a Visa. No action required, you will be granted easy entry at any border post.
  • Category B: Countries whose nationals are granted a Zimbabwe visa at port of entry on payment of requisite visa fees. These visas are easiest obtained on your arrival at the Airport or border post. If you get them done via an agency in your home country they will often cost you quite a bit more and be a lot more hassle. UniVisa Available please read below.
  • Category C: Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling. Unfortunately this is a bit of a pain, but you have to apply through an agency or the Zimbabwe High Commission in your home country. Zimbabwe immigration have launched a website where Category C's can now apply online Click Here

Find out the Category of your country in the lists below.

The New UniVisa For Zimbabwe/Zambia

Countries whose nationals do NOT require a Zimbabwe Visa.

The UNIVISA - standard fee of US$50 – where credit card point of sale facilities are not available at port of entry it is recommended that clients have US$50 available for payment.

Validity – the KAZA UNIVISA will be valid for 30 days as long as you remain in Zimbabwe and Zambia and clients can cross into Zimbabwe/Zambia as frequently as they like within the 30 day period. (If the UNIVISA is obtained at Victoria Falls and you cross over to Zimbabwe at Kariba or Chirundu or vice versa the visa shall be valid)

It also covers those who visit Botswana for day trips through the Kazangula Borders – it will not be valid if staying in Botswana overnight, in this case you would need to purchase a new Visa.

The UNIVISA cannot be extended however you can buy a new UNIVISA (up to 3 per year). You do NOT have to by a UniVisa you can purchase normal single and double entry visas if they suit you better - see  Zimbabwe visa page

Example 1: US passport holder only coming to Zimbabwe, not going across to Zambia. Better to buy a single entry visa @ $30

Example 2: US passport holder staying in Zimbabwe but going to Zambia for a day activity. Normal visa price $45 double entry visa to Zimbabwe + $20 Zambia day tripper visa = $65. Therefore cheaper to buy UniVisa at $50 covers all entries.

Eligible Countries whose nationals are granted a UniVisa at port of entry on payment of US$ 50

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain (UK), Brunei, Burundi, Canada, Czech Republic, Cook Islands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Rwanda, Slovakia Republic, Slovenia Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, United States of America

UniVisa available ONLY at these Ports of Entry

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Airport, Victoria Falls Land Border, Kazangula Land Border (Border with Botswana) and Harare Airport

Zambia - Harry Mwaanga Airport (Livingstone), Victoria Falls Land Border, Kazangula Land Border (Border with Botswana) and Kenneth Kaunda Airport (Lusaka)

Category A

Countries whose nationals do NOT require a Zimbabwe Visa.

Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cayman Islands, Congo (DRC), Cyprus, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Leeward Islands, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Samoa Western, Singapore, South Africa , Solomon Islands, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turk & Caicoa Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

South Africa - gratis (FREE) visas issued at point of entry

Category B

Countries whose nationals are granted a Zimbabwe Visa at port of entry on payment of requisite visa fees. See costs below

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, *Canada, Czech Republic, Cook Island, Denmark, Dominic Rep, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iceland, *Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau Islands, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Seychelles, Slovak, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, *United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican, Virgin Islands

Fees

UniVisa - US$ 50
Single Entry - US$ 30
Double Entry - US$ 45
Multiple Entry - US$ 55

*British and Irish

UniVisa - US$ 50
Single Entry - US$ 55
Double Entry - US$ 70

*Canada

UniVisa - US$ 50
Single Entry - US$ 75
 

Category C

Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling. Zimbabwe immigration have launched a website where Category C's can now apply online. Click Here

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangledesh, Belerus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde Island, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Congo ( Brazzaville), Costa Rica,Conakry, Cote d'Voire, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti Rep, El Salvador, Equator, Equatorial Guinnea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guvana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea ( DPRK), Krygyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macau, Madagascar, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mvanmar, Nepel, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Nieu, Niger, Nigeria, Norfolk Islands, Northern Mariana, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Principe, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa ( America), San Marino, Sao Tome, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen Rep, Yugoslavia

Fees
Single Entry - US$ 65 to US$ 100
Category C nationals can only get a single entry Zimbabwe visa

General Visa Information

All Categories need:-

  • Passport valid for a least 6 months from your date of entry.
  • Return ticket to your country (or enough money to buy one)
  • Sufficient funds to cover your stay in Zimbabwe.
  • Enough blank pages in your passport to fit the required entry visa.

If you have purchased a single entry visa upon arrival and then decide to leave Zimbabwe, even for a few hours, you will need to buy another visa to re-enter Zimbabwe. In this instance you should buy a double entry visa upon arrival, it works out cheaper.

A UniVisa is now available for most Category B countries.  This means you can travel as frequently as you like between the two countries for a standard fee of $50.  This will save considerable time, money and space in yoru passport.  If you are not visiting both countries then it is cheaper to just get the single entry visa.

NB - Multiple Entry Visas - cannot be obtained at the port of entry into Zimbabwe.  You may enter Zimbabwe on a single entry visa and then obtain a Multiple Entry Visa from the town office - but this may take up to 7 working days to be issued.

Alternatively a multiple entry visa can be obtained from the Zimbabwe Embassy in your country prior to departure for Zimbabwe.

Children - As of June 2012 - Zimbabwe will now be charging FULL VISA fees for any individual who is required to have a VISA despite their age. This includes infants and children who were previously being exempted from this. This has been imposed with immediate effect.

Visa Note:
Required by all nationals except passengers continuing their journey to a third country within 6 hours by the same or connecting flight, provided holding tickets with reserved seats and documents for onward travel and not leaving the transit area.

Passports

British Passport Holders
You need a Zimbabwe visa to visit Zimbabwe. This can be obtained from the Zimbabwe Embassy in London or on arrival in Zimbabwe.  To be honest it is easier and in most cases cheaper just to get one at the port of entry.

The current charge for a single entry Zimbabwe visa issued on arrival is US$ 55 and US$ 70 for a Double Entry Zimbabwe visa, although this could change at any stage. If you have not obtained a Zimbabwe visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival - (no credit/debit cards or cheques).

Visitors are currently being given entry permission for anything up to 90 days but you are strongly advised to check that the number of days given at the port of entry covers your intended period of stay, although you can apply to have this period renewed and extended if required.

USA Passport Holders
You need a Zimbabwe visa to visit Zimbabwe, this can be obtained from the Zimbabwe Embassy in the United States or on arrival in Zimbabwe.  To be honest it is easier and in most cases cheaper just to get one at the port of entry.

The current charge for a single entry Zimbabwe visa issued on arrival is US$ 30 and US$ 45 for a Double Entry Zimbabwe visa, although this could change at any stage. If you have not obtained a Zimbabwe visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival - (no credit/debit cards or cheques).

Passport note:
All visitors to Zimbabwe must be in possession of return tickets (or funds in lieu) and sufficient funds to support themselves. The granting of a visa is not a guarantee of entry.

Information supplied by www.victoriafalls-guide.net last updated 14 Jan 2015