Zimbabwe Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 05, 2002
This Public Announcement alerts American citizens to the potential for
further violence following the presidential election in Zimbabwe. This
Public Announcement supersedes the one issued for Zimbabwe on January 23,
2002, and it will expire on July 1, 2002.
American citizens should consider postponement of non-essential travel to
Zimbabwe until conditions in the country stabilize. U.S. citizens in
Zimbabwe should be aware of continuing conditions that could adversely
affect their personal security. Although a president was sworn into office
on March 17, 2002, the political, social, economic, and security situation
is likely to remain fluid. Mass demonstrations remain a possibility, and
there continue to be incidents of land seizures, roadblocks, and political
violence and intimidation in both urban and rural areas.
The Government of Zimbabwe has enacted the Public Order and Security Act,
which makes it an offense to "undermine the authority of the President" or
"engender hostility" towards him. This includes speaking negatively of the
President in public. The bill also bars individuals from speaking
negatively of the police and carrying weapons of any kind.
American citizens should avoid public demonstrations or large gatherings and
refrain from taking pictures or videos of political events of any kind.
Americans should also monitor the local and international media for
developments that may affect their safety. Additionally, American citizens
should exercise caution when traveling anywhere in Zimbabwe and are urged to
register with the U.S. Embassy, located at
172 Herbert Chitepo Ave., in the capital, Harare, telephone
For additional information on travel to Zimbabwe, please consult the
Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Zimbabwe,
available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.