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Zimbabwe Reopens Land Borders, Lifts Import Ban On Maize

Zimbabwe Reopens Land Borders, Lifts Import Ban On Maize

The Government on Tuesday reopened all land borders and also lifted the ban on maize and wheat imports that was put in place after the country recorded a good maize harvest during the 2020/21 agricultural season.

Zimbabwe closed all land borders in 2019 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus except for cargo transport, returning citizens and other authorised persons.

The reopening of the country’s borders was announced by Information, Publicity, Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa while addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday. Said Mutsvangwa:

In view of the continued decline in new cases and deaths coupled with a declining testing positivity rate that is indicating that the community transmission has gone down, all ports of entry be: reopened but ensuring that all the recommended COVID-19 prevention measures are adhered to.

All ports of entry have been opened. All persons entering Zimbabwe must have undergone a valid COVID-19 PCR [polymerase chain reaction] test not more than 48 hours from the time of their departure for Zimbabwe, and be fully vaccinated.

Those with booster shots have an entry advantage.

The announcement comes after the Government recently relaxed COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, reduced curfew hours and opened schools.

Mutsvangwa said the wheat and maize import ban had also been lifted, with all import permits issued before this announcement now set to expire on 31 May 2021.

More: NewsDay


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9 Comments

Tucker Carlson 3 months ago

UCL results please


Bright 3 months ago

Man City 5 Lisbon 0... PSG 1 Real Madrid 0 ..then epl man u 2 Brighton 0

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 months ago

I COMMEND THE GOVERNMENT FOR OPENING LAND BORDERS. THEY MUST HAVE DISCUSSED THIS WITH THE COUNTRIES THEY SHARE BORDERS WITH. IN 2021 SOUTH AFRICA ONCE OPENED ITS LAND BORDERS, BUT ZIMBABWE AND MOZAMBIQUE IGNORED SOUTH AFRICA BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PRIOR DISCUSSION.

WE WAIT TO HEAR SOUTH AFRICA'S, ZAMBIA'S, MOZAMBIQUE'S AND BOTSWANA'S RESPONSES BECAUSE IF THESE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES DO NOT COOPERATE, ZIMBABWE'S OPENING OF LAND BORDERS BECOMES ZERO.

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Vybz Kartel 3 months ago

Yeah mbanje


Bambo 3 months ago

That announcement article is only talking about the movement of goods and people coming into Zimbabwe, what about going out of our motherland. The other issue is on the SA side whether it also opened its borders or not.


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Vladimir 3 months ago

anyone knows if South Africa opened it's land borders ?


The King of Serpents 3 months ago

Problem yedu as Zimbabwe ndeyekuteedzera maSouth Africans. Why can't we do our own things without first seeing kuti the other side yaita sei?

Anonymous 3 months ago

Yeah...their land borders have been opened for months now...it was just our side that was closed.

Kobus 3 months ago

Yeeeeeeeeeeeee chabvondokaaa border opened now yesssss



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