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Victoria Falls Visa & Travel Information
If this your first time travelling to Victoria Falls, we recommend reading this useful information to help ensure you have a pleasant stay.
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Visa information for British and Canadian passport holders
British and Canadian Passports Holders British and Canadian passport holders need a visa to enter Zimbabwe. It is easier and, in most cases, cheaper to get one at the port of entry. The current charge for a single-entry Zimbabwe visa is US$ 55 and US$ 75 for a Double Entry Zimbabwe visa.
Visa information for American and Australian passport holders
American and Australian passport holders need a Zimbabwe visa to visit Zimbabwe. It is easier and, in most cases, cheaper to get one at the port of entry. The current charge for a single-entry Zimbabwe visa is US$ 30 and US$ 45 for a Double Entry Zimbabwe visa.
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Note that The Victoria Falls straddle the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. If one crosses the border to view the Falls from the Zambian side, then on return to Zimbabwe, they would need a valid visa for re-entry. Hence the potential need for a double visa. • There are some game drives that involve crossing the border. This would necessitate a multiple entry visa, to avoid extra charges on return.
Useful information regarding payment methods
Travel Insurance information
Make sure you have travel insurance that covers you for any potential medical expenses and evacuation. This is a clever idea for any trip, but is especially important if you’re going to be doing any activities like white-water rafting or bungee jumping! Check with your insurance agent whether they cover the geographic location, and the specific activities.
Information regarding Malaria
Malaria is a serious concern in many parts of Africa, but luckily Victoria Falls is located in a low-risk area, and the drive for elimination has almost eliminated transmission within the town itself. While anti malarial prophylaxis is not specifically recommended, we leave it to individuals to make their personal choices. It is important to take precautions against mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net, which most lodges/hotels will provide.
Information regarding Yellow Fever
• No need for yellow fever certificate when entering Zimbabwe • You will only need a Yellow Fever Certificate if you have travelled or lived in any of the countries that are considered high-risk areas • If you have been or are going to be in transit in a YFV risk area for more than 12 hours (10 hours in some countries), you will need to get a Yellow Fever certificate.
Covid 19 Travel Restrictions
All protocols have been removed, i.e. travellers are no longer required to provide evidence of vaccination or a PCR test result. Wearing masks in public areas is now optional.
Packing list recommendations
Comfortable walking shoes and clothing that can get wet. A rain jacket/coat is also a good idea, even if you’re visiting during the dry season. If you’re planning on doing any activities like white-water rafting or canoeing, you’ll need to bring a bathing suit and towel. This is Africa, so sunscreen is a must! Don’t forget to pack your camera!
General things to look out for
There are many street vendors in the town, and they can be a bit of a nuisance. Unfortunately for them, as tourism dwindled so did their income, they are just desperate to make a sale, so it is worth bearing that in mind when dealing with them. These guys are harmless and desperate and will generally be very willing to help you. There are "Tourism Police Officers" on patrol throughout the town and they keep the vendors in check. If you are feel hassled, ask one of these officers to escort you. They are easily identified by their bright yellow bibs.
A few specific safety concerns to be aware of at Victoria Falls:
While it’s unlikely that you’ll come across any of the others while you are in town, it is still important to be aware of the danger and take precautions when travelling. If you are planning on going on a game drive or bush walk, be sure to book through a reputable operator and follow their safety instructions.
Useful information regarding money and credit card use
CAUTION Only use your card when the item you are buying is priced in US Dollars. If the item is displayed in Zimbabwe Dollars (ZWL), there are some unscrupulous traders who will debit your card at the official bank exchange rate of the day (much lower), as opposed to the parallel market rate (much higher), which is what the item would have been priced at.
Restaurants and Supermarkets
Prices are generally displayed in both US$ and ZWL. If using a foreign credit card or USD cash, pay the US$ price. In Zimbabwe for restaurants offering traditional table service, tips of 10% of the total bill are customary, when good to excellent service is provided. Some establishments have a "Tip Jar" whereby tips are shared equally with everyone so that the chefs and cleaners etc. also benefit from the tip. What is not acceptable in Zimbabwe though is when members of staff solicit tips. This is highly frowned upon by management and should be reported if encountered
Hotel accommodation and activities
These are all currently priced in US$ and can be paid for using foreign cards or US cash. Taxis - Priced in US$ - paid for with US$ cash. No Uber service in Zimbabwe. Be mindful of carrying large sums of cash. Major expenses like accommodation should be pre-paid or paid for by credit card.