JUST IN: Zimbabwe removes PCR Test and Covid vaccination card requirements for entry

Zimbabwe has announced a significant change in its travel protocols by lifting the mandatory requirements for PCR tests and Covid vaccination cards for entry into the country.

The decision aims to facilitate tourism, trade, and international travel while adapting to the evolving Covid-19 situation.

The removal of these stringent entry requirements was confirmed in the Zimbabwe Government Gazette through Statutory Instrument 102 of 2023, signaling a shift in the country’s approach to managing the pandemic’s impact on travel.

Effective immediately, travelers are no longer required to provide proof of a negative PCR test result or demonstrate their Covid-19 vaccination status upon arrival.

This decision comes as a result of a comprehensive evaluation of the country’s Covid-19 situation and consultation with health experts. The authorities have determined that the removal of these entry requirements will not compromise public health while simultaneously boosting tourism and economic activity.

Tourism, a vital sector for Zimbabwe’s economy, is expected to benefit significantly from this policy change. By eliminating the need for PCR tests and vaccination cards, the country aims to attract more international visitors, providing a boost to the hospitality industry, tour operators, and local businesses that depend on tourism revenue.

The new travel regulations are also expected to facilitate trade and business activities. Removing the PCR test and vaccination card requirements will streamline the entry process for business travelers, enabling smoother operations and encouraging trade partnerships between Zimbabwe and other nations.

It is important to note that the removal of these entry requirements does not signify a relaxation of Covid-19 prevention measures within the country.

Zimbabwean health authorities continue to emphasize the importance of adhering to Covid-19 protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and regular hand hygiene, to prevent the spread of the virus.

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