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Zimbabwe Officially Re-Opens Borders

Zimbabwe officially re-opened the country’s borders posts to private passenger vehicles and pedestrian traffic has been effected as scheduled, started on  1st December 2020 the Business Mail can report.

Last month cabinet resolved that the opening of border posts be phased, beginning with Beitbridge, Plumtree, Victoria Falls, Chirundu, Nyamapanda and Forbes.

Commercial traffic and movement of the people re-opened on Tuesday at Beitbridge Border post after being closed for the past 8 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A cocktail of stringent measures has been put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 including the need for travelers to produce Covid-19 free certificates issued within 48 hours.

Beitbridge border post’s Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Nkhobile Ncube said engagement with local stakeholders and neighboring South Africa counterparts have seen several strategies being adopted and agreed to ensure safe and efficiency re-opening of the borders.

“What has been happening in the run-up to the 1 December re-opening as there have been engagements first with local stakeholders and also engagement with our South African counterparts culminated in Ministers of Home Affairs for both countries meeting last week in Musina.

“All that was being done was to ensure that the process of re-opening of borders to the public was done in a safe and more efficient way by reducing the time spent at the border post.

“There is intensified temperature screening, head wash facilities and safe distance protocols.

“We definitely expect to have huge volumes as people get to understand that the border is now open and what is required for them to travel.”

Further assessment is being undertaken with regard to preparations for handling public passenger transport and also border operating hours are fixed between 0600 and 1800 hours until further assessment of the situation

 

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