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.