FCO Update: Zimbabwe 18 January 2019

Zimbabwe travel advice

10:07am, 18 January 2019: Latest update: Summary – updated information and advice on widespread disruption in many areas of Zimbabwe in the week beginning 14 January

In week beginning 14 January 2019 there was widespread disruption, including violent protests, in many areas of Zimbabwe. Many shops and other businesses remain closed. There is a heightened security presence in urban areas. You should exercise caution and monitor local media and this travel advice for updates. Access to some social media sites has been disrupted across Zimbabwe and you should not rely on particular apps for communications as these may be blocked.

Atta Advisory Board member Shelley Cox, based in Victoria Falls reports that the tourist areas and remote destinations in the country remain safe with the CBD and High Density areas of Bulawayo, Harare and Kadoma being the worst affected.

Internet connectivity has been limited and sporadic with many connecting via VPN's to communicate however access to social media and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp may remain limited. This will result in delays in responses from members on the ground in Zimbabwe.