Notice: Currency in Zimbabwe
In 2019, Zimbabwe announced a ban on using foreign currency hard cash in the country. However, this will not negatively affect the travelling public, specifically foreign visitors. Visitors can still pay for their trip without using Zimbabwean Dollars. They have a number of options available to them.
Visitors can make use of credit cards which are readily accepted across the country and service providers in tourist hot spots will have international credit card-enabled point-of-sale machines. Visitors can also withdraw local currency from ATM machines which will be clearly marked as international with logos of accepted credit card companies. Foreign cash may also be exchanged at the bank, bureau-de-change or at any other authorized foreign currency dealers at the prevailing bank rates. Visitors are however encouraged to use plastic money and only exchange amounts of money in cash that they anticipate using. However, visitors may convert their money back to their foreign currency subject to prevailing terms and conditions. Online payments and telegraphic transfers remain acceptable forms of payment in Zimbabwe. Visa fees, where applicable, are payable in foreign currency and may be paid in cash at any port of entry. The Government of Zimbabwe has an e-visa system and intending travelers may apply and pay for their visas online.
Finally, tipping is not a commercial transaction and hence visitors are at liberty to tip as they wish. It becomes incumbent upon the recipient to ensure adherence to the foreign exchange regulations.