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Country Information

Zimbabwe

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US Dollars (USD)
  • Banknotes in euro (EUR)
  • Credit card
    Pay without cash at merchant locations, for hotel bookings and auto rentals

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Travelers are advised not to proceed beyond major cities without sufficient cash.
  • ATM cash withdrawals outside bigger communities or cities may not be available.

Credit cards

  • Credit cards accepted in large cities. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
US Dollar USD
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
USD 1 =~ CHF 1.01 ; CHF 1 =~ USD 0.99 (04/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited; must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; must be declared
Export local currency
limited to amounts imported and declared
Export foreign currency
limited to amounts imported and declared
Note
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar or euro.
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts for reconversion.
  • Money is to be exchanged only at official points such as banks and exchange offices.
  • Currency exchange not advised on the black market.
  • Tourists must pay the hotel bill/accommodation in foreign currency.

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 1 h; +/- 0 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
English

Capital

Harare

Country code for calling Switzerland

110 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220/240 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more with visa (issued upon arrival), return or onward travel ticket as well as proof of sufficient funds.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Harare, Lanark Road 9, Belgravia
Tel. +263 4 703 997 / +263 4 703 998 / +263 4 703 827

Opening hours

Banks
8.00 - 15.00 h (Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri)
8.00 - 13.00 h (Wed)
8.00 - 11.00 h (Sat)
Stores
8.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00/13.00 h (Sat)

Driving

Left-hand driving.
International driver's license required.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
Blood alcohol limit: 0.8 ‰.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.

Year-round risk of malaria in areas below 1200 m, especially in the Zambesi valley and at the Victoria falls.

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
It is not advised to travel to rural areas without a person who knows the place.
Observe elementary safety precautions.
Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.
Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.