Zimbabwe Reopens Border Posts For Travel


Zimbabwe has reopened its borders for travel after closing the Beitbridge border post on March 30. The country is expecting to see an increase in people at the border post ahead of the festive season.

In an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19, people crossing the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa will now have to present Covid-19 certificates. 

Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi met with Kazembe Kazembe, the Zimbabwean Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

The ministers met to discuss an intervention plan to control traffic and congestion at the Beit Bridge border post.

"For the first time in December with a large number of people going through borders, we're going to be demanding Covid-19 certificates" said Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. 

The regulations are now in effect and people showing symptoms Covid-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter the country. 

More staff members have been employed to work at the border post as a surge in people entering Zimbabwe is expected.

All officials at the border post have been tested and provided with personal protective equipment. 

“With effect from the 1st December, 2020, all of the ports of entry or ports of exit between Zimbabwe and a neighbouring country or territory shall be opened, with the effect that the entry or exit of goods and of persons through such port or ports shall be permitted subject to the restrictions contained in this order and to the following additional restrictions in respect of persons entering Zimbabwe who are not citizens or returning residents, namely that such persons must, at the port of entry, exhibit a Covid-19 free certificate issued not earlier than the previous 48 hours and not present with symptoms of Covid,” read the regulations.

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