Zimbabwe Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jan 28, 2004
This Travel Warning is being issued to remind Americans of the political,
economic and humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe. This supersedes the Travel
Warning of January 27, 2003.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is in the midst of political, economic, and humanitarian
crises with serious implications for the security situation in the country.
All U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe are urged to take those measures they deem
appropriate to ensure their well being, including consideration of departure
from the country.
The Zimbabwean economy is in precipitous decline, with extremely high rates
of unemployment and inflation. The economic crisis has led to a serious
increase in crime. Zimbabwe is experiencing nationwide fuel shortages that
have hindered in-country travel.
Approximately half the population of Zimbabwe faces an urgent food crisis
and possible famine. The humanitarian crisis is expected to worsen in
coming months and may lead to unrest and possible large-scale migration of
Zimbabweans to urban or border areas, with further disruption and an
increase in crime and instability.
Commercial farms should be avoided at all times, especially those occupied
by settlers or so-called "war veterans," who are typically young government
supporters acting with impunity outside the law. In November 2002, U.S.
Embassy staff members were detained and one was beaten by war veterans on a
farm near Harare.
All Americans who travel to or reside in Zimbabwe despite this Warning are
urged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Harare located at 172 Herbert
Chipeto Ave. The U.S. Embassy in Harare can be contacted by phone at (263)
Updated information on travel and security in Zimbabwe may be obtained from
the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747, or from the U.S. Embassy
in Harare. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's
Consular Information Sheet for Zimbabwe, and the World Wide Caution Public
Announcement, which are located on the Department's Internet web site at