Zimbabwe visas, warning to Canadians

IMG_0516 (1280x960)Watch out if you’re a Canadian visiting Victoria Falls!  A cash register is waiting for you.

Current requirements are for Canadians to pay $75 US upon each entry into Zimbabwe.  US citizens pay $30 for a single entry and $45 for a double entry visa.  There is no double entry visa available to Canadians.  So, let’s use our example of a day trip from Victoria Falls to Chobe wildlife park in neighbouring Botswana.  Returning at the end of the day, we had to pay another $75 each to get back to Victoria Falls.  So for our trip from South Africa into Zimbabwe with a day trip into Botswana, our total visa cost was $75 x 2 entries x 2 people = $300.  Our US friends on the tour managed to do this for $45 x 2 = $90 per couple.  The visa cost was one of the reasons we did not attempt to cross the bridge over to Zambia to see the Devil’s Pool on the other side of the Zambezi River.  Also, be prepared to pay in cash, US$ or South African Rand as credit cards, debit cards and traveler’s cheques are not accepted at the border.  It’s better to have the correct amount in case the border post won’t make change.  Finally, if you are a family you need to know that all children and infants are also subject to the visa fees, as of June 2012.

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