Zimbabwe uses a 3-tier list which has the following visa requirements:
- Category A: No visa required
- Category B: Visa purchased on arrival
- Category C: Obtain a visa before arrival
In Southern Africa, Angola and Madagascar moved from Category C to A, while Seychelles moved from Category B to A. This now means that all members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are now in Category A, and do not require a visa to visit Zimbabwe.
The immigration department has also relaxed visa requirements for other countries on other continents, allowing citizens from those countries to get a visa on arrival to Zimbabwe. The list of countries that have moved from Category C to Category B include:
Cape Verde Islands
China (subject to certain conditions)
French West Indies
For the complete country list, visit this visa page.
The principal director at the immigration department, Clemence Masango said, "This new position is in response to the voice of players and interest groups in the tourism and hospitality industry who want to see more facilitation of movement of persons than control".
As for the UniVisa, Mr Masango commented that "consultations are ongoing to re-institute the KAZA-UNIVISA project which stopped in December last year with a view of resuming the system in this month".