Land borders finally open

by | Mar 8, 2022 | Business, Local News | 0 comments

Land borders finally open

Staff Writer

Zimbabwe has finally reopened its land borders after over 24 months of inactivity.

The land borders were closed in February 2020, when Zimbabwe recorded its first Covid-19 cases.

Only cargo was being allowed to pass through, although some buses were smuggling people on occasions.

Government, in its adjusted Covid-19 containment measures announced a fortnight ago had announced the border reopening but the adjustment was yet to be operationalised.

This caused confusion, as some were already making way to borders only to be told that the regulations were yet to be in effect.

In an ordinary Gazette on March 4, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said

THE Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage hereby

notifies every police officer, customs officer and immigration officer that the entry and exit of persons into and out of Zimbabwe at all ports of entry and exit is permitted subject to the provisions of Statutory Instrument 18 of 2022, on Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (Amendment) Order, 2022 (No. 40),” said Minister Kazembe.

The move is expected to resurrect Zimbabwe cross border trading which had seen a sizeable number of people leave the business.

During its peak, Beitbridge border post handles 25 000 people daily.