released March 16, 2005, this information is current as of
Tuesday, May 31, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning is being issued to update information on security
issues relating to elections and demonstrations, and to remind
American citizens of the continuing political, economic and humanitarian
crises in Zimbabwe. This supersedes the Travel Warning of July
The Department of State cautions U.S. citizens of the risks of
travel to Zimbabwe, a country in the midst of political and economic
turmoil. All U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe are advised to take those
measures they deem appropriate to ensure their personal safety.
economy is in a protracted state of decline, with extremely high
of unemployment and inflation. Food shortages
continue to be an on-going problem. Deteriorating economic conditions
have led to a significant increase in crime. Periodic fuel shortages
in areas throughout Zimbabwe can hinder travel and some tourist
facilities have closed on short notice as a result.
In the past,
there have been incidents of violence in periods leading up to
major elections. Reports of violent
incidents are running well below levels prior to previous elections,
but the possibility of increased violence before elections, including
parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2005, cannot be excluded.
Accordingly, American citizens should avoid political rallies and
other events with potential political sensitivities. Avoid commercial
farms, especially those occupied by settlers or so-called "war
veterans," who are typically young government supporters acting
with impunity outside the law.
who travel to or reside in Zimbabwe are urged to register and
information on travel and security
in Zimbabwe with the U.S. Embassy in Harare or on the State Department’s
travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/.
The U.S. Embassy in Harare is located at 172 Herbert Chitepo Avenue
and can be contacted by phone at (263) 4-250-593/4/5.
Updated information on travel and security in Zimbabwe may be
obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747,
or from overseas 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please
consult the Consular Information Sheet for Zimbabwe, and the current
World Wide Caution Public Announcement, which are located on the
Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.
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