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Zimbabwe unrest: what travellers need to know


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Travellers who are currently in Zimbabwe (particularly the cities of Harare and the southern city of Bulawayo) should exercise caution and avoid all protests and large gatherings of people. This is the advice of Corporate Traveller, a division of the Flight Centre Travel Group, as a result of the recent unrest in the country.

Oz Desai, GM Corporate Traveller in South Africa, says many shops and businesses are currently closed as a result of the unrest in the country, particularly in the capital of Harare. He adds that although Internet access has been restored, access to some social media sites has been disrupted across Zimbabwe. The UK Foreign Travel Advice has therefore warned that travellers should not solely rely on particular apps for communication as these may be blocked.

“Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities and minimise any unnecessary travel. Although the airport in Harare is open and operating, people should only travel there if it is safe to do so,” he says.

Desai adds that as a result of the cash crisis, travellers should note that authorities have blocked international debit cards from making cash withdrawals from ATMS. “Travellers should remember to take sufficient cash to cover their needs for the duration of their stay.”

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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