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President Mnangagwa to open Beitbridge border post on 1 December 2020

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President Mnangagwa to open Beitbridge border post on 1 December 2020. Mnangagwa took to Twitter to announce that Zimbabwe will begin to open its borders on December 1st. Said Mnangagwa, “After nearly 9 months of restrictions, Zimbabwe will begin to open its borders on December 1st.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the date by which Zimbabwe’s land borders will be open to the general public. “To all Zimbabweans who complied with the #COVID19 measures, your resilience has saved countless lives across Zimbabwe.”

The Department of Immigration had earlier advised the Government on health grounds to consider phasing the reopening of land borders for passenger traffic, especially at Beitbridge Border Post where 500 000 people crossed in both directions before the start of the lockdown in March alone.

Already, South Africa and Zimbabwe have similar regulations in place on testing requirements to avoid quarantining on the other side, although the regulations are yet to be perfectly aligned.

The port of entry is a gateway from South Africa to much of Sadc, with many using the border post on their way to Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, DRC, Zambia and Tanzania.

Last month, the country reopened airports to tourism-related travel, but passenger traffic by road and rail is still restricted. Only returning residents, commercial cargo, diplomats on Government business and human remains for burial are being allowed entry through the country’s land borders.

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