Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 16 November 2017, 15:30 NZDT
  • Still current at: 24 November 2017

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Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Zimbabwe due to underlying political tension and high levels of crime and we advise caution.

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Civil Unrest/Political Tension
Civil unrest and political tension are common in Zimbabwe, and reports of politically-motivated intimidation and violence continue. The political and security situation in Zimbabwe is uncertain, following military activity in Harare on 15 November 2017. New Zealanders should be vigilant and maintain a high level of personal security awareness in Zimbabwe. We advise monitoring local and international media to stay informed of developments.

We advise New Zealanders in Harare, and elsewhere in Zimbabwe, to avoid all demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings. Avoid association with any activity that could be construed as political, including political discussions in public places. It is an offence to make derogatory or insulting comments about the President of Zimbabwe, or to carry material considered to be offensive to the President’s office.

Violent crime, such as muggings, armed robbery and home invasion, occurs and there are reports that foreign residents have been targeted due to their perceived wealth. Pickpocketing and bag snatching is common in urban areas.

New Zealanders in Zimbabwe are advised to be security conscious at all times and to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. We recommend you ensure your place of accommodation is secure at all times. Particular care should be taken when leaving banks or using ATMs.

Carjackings and theft from vehicles occurs. When travelling by car, it is advisable to keep doors locked and windows up at all times. We advise against the use of public transport and recommend New Zealanders avoid travelling alone, after dark and to isolated areas.

Local travel
Roadblocks are common throughout Zimbabwe. We advise you to comply with instructions issued by police at roadblocks and produce identification if asked. You should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. It is an offence to continue driving when the President of Zimbabwe’s motorcade goes past, regardless of the side of the road you are on.

Basic Services
The economic situation has improved although still remains fragile. Provision of basic services such as electricity, water, telecommunications and transport can be unreliable. Power cuts, water and fuel shortages occur from time to time. Health services are generally poor and there are shortages of trained medical staff and essential medicines in hospitals and pharmacies.

General Travel Advice
As there is no resident New Zealand diplomatic or consular representation in Zimbabwe, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is very limited.

Zimbabwe is experiencing a cash shortage and international cards cannot be used for cash withdrawals. New Zealanders are advised to take enough cash to last throughout the duration of their stay. US dollars remains the most widely used and accepted currency in Zimbabwe. It is illegal to leave the country with more than US$1000 cash.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Zimbabwe should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Zimbabwe are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa is accredited to Zimbabwe

Street Address 125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa Postal Address Private Bag X27, Brooklyn Square 0075, Pretoria, South Africa Telephone +27 12 435 9000 Fax +27 12 435 9002 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600hrs

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Accredited New Zealand High Commission South Africa

Street Address
125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa

Telephone: +27 12 435 9000

Fax: +27 12 435 9002



Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600hrs

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