Zimbabwe's recent history might be an issue that splits opinions, but the natural beauty of the country is well agreed upon by everyone who has visited.
From the thundering Victoria Falls to the abundant wildlife and the rich local culture, Zimbabwe is fully packed with popular well-explored attractions as well as untouched off-the-beaten-path places.
Before you can explore all that Zimbabwe has to offer, you will need to get a visitor's visa. Citizens of most countries will need a visa to enter Zimbabwe, except for the 45 visa-exempt countries.
The process of getting a visa to Zimbabwe used to be 'manual' and time-consuming because of needing to visit the closest embassy. This has changed since the introduction of the e-visa (electronic visa) which has simplified the process and greatly reduced the waiting time.
This article will look at Zimbabwe's visa and all the details surrounding it. We'll look at the requirements, exemptions, cost, the special KAZA visa as well as where you can easily (and safely) go to apply for your visa by yourself.
Whether you want to apply for your Zimbabwe visa through a nearby embassy, or through the online system, here are the things you should have prepared before starting the process. Getting these requirements sorted out ahead of time will save you time.
- Valid passport
- Scanned copy of your passport (information page)
- A passport-sized photo
- Hotel confirmation or letter from a host
- Visa Fees
- Copy of previous Zimbabwe visa (if applicable for you)
Zimbabwe Visa Fees
|Visa Type||Visa Fees|
|Single Entry Visa||30 USD|
|Double Entry Visa||45 USD|
|Multiple Entry Visa||55 USD|
If you are applying for a multiple entry visa, your application should be accompanied by a letter. Similarly, multiple-entry visas cannot be obtained on arrival at the port of entry.
Please remember that visa processing fees are non-refundable.
The KAZA UNIVISA allows visitors to obtain and use one visa to visit both Zimbabwe and Zambia multiple times. The visa costs 50USD and is valid for up to 30 days in any given period of 12 months.
While not all countries are eligible for KAZA UNIVISA, it is a great deal and allows for so much exploration in both Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Like we hinted at in the introduction, your Zimbabwe visa process is now much easier and faster. This is because of the e-visa system where you can apply in under 20 minutes.
All you need to do is register to the platform, fill out your application and attach the above-mentioned required documents. Your visa confirmation should be expected in 48 hours or less.
You can apply for your Zimbabwe visa via https://www.evisa.gov.zw/ which is the official government website for Zimbabwe e-visa.
Zimbabwe Visa On Arrival
You can obtain your visa on arrival at any of Zimbabwe's ports of entry. This option is available for the following 103 countries and nationalities.
|E U citizens (except Cyprus & Malta)||China||Japan||Russia|
|Algeria||Costa Rica||Kuwait||San Marino|
|Andorra||Cuba||Kyrgyzstan||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Australia||Egypt||Marshall Islands||South Korea|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Guyana||Nicaragua||Ukraine|
|Brazil||Haiti||Norway||United Arab Emirates|
|The British Virgin Islands||Honduras||Palau||United Kingdom|
|Canada||Indonesia||Papua New Guinea||Uzbekistan|
|Cape Verde||Iran||Paraguay||Vatican City|
Zimbabwe Visa Exemptions
Citizens of the following countries do not need to have a visa to travel to Zimbabwe. If you come from any of these 45 countries, you can visit Zimbabwe for up to 90 days, visa-free.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Grenada||Montserrat||Tanzania|
|Aruba||Hong Kong (6 months)||Mozambique (30 days)||Tonga|
|Bahamas||Jamaica||Namibia||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Barbados||Kenya||Nauru||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Belize||Kiribati||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Tuvalu|
|Cayman Islands||Madagascar||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Vanuatu|
Holders of diplomatic passports from every country are allowed to visit Zimbabwe for 90 days without needing a visa.
People from Hong Kong can visit Zimbabwe for up to 6 months without needing a visa. People from Mozambique can visit visa-free for 30 days.
Now you know how you need to prepare for your Zimbabwe safari - as far as the visa is concerned.
Unlike Zimbabwe's unpopular recent history and struggles, it provides great tourism experiences, and the process of getting there is easy. The e-visa and visa on arrival make the process much easier and faster - and of course, once you are in, you will be spoilt for choice.
We have to remind you that a country can change its visa policy anytime without needing to inform anyone else, and therefore you should check again as you draw close to the time of your safari. We'll try to update the info to make sure that we give you the best and truest.