Zimbabwe: Travellers Go for Illegal Border Entry Points to Elude Covid-19 Charges

Some Zimbabweans living in South Africa are using illegal routes to enter Zimbabwe for the festive holiday. This move is in a bid to avoid paying the extravagant charges for Covid-19 tests.

Zimbabwe and South Africa demand that travellers entering or leaving the countries must have Covid-19 travel clearance certificates.

That said, one needs to cough up at least US$60 for a Covid-19 test; an amount which is out of reach for most Zimbabweans staying in South Africa,who want to go home for the festive season.

Consequently, they have opted to use illegal entry points into their country to reunite with their families during the festive period.

However, there are chances they could be exposing other travellers and relatives back home to the coronavirus since they are not tested.

Police have also intensified patrols along the Beitbridge border post and have arrested a lot of Zimbabweans illegally making way into the country.

“Police in Beitbridge arrested a group of 40 cross borders who were trying to illegally gain entry into the country from South Africa through undesignated points. Members of the public are warned against entering/exiting the country through illegal points,” the police said in a statement.

Meanwhile, activities have increased at the Beitbridge Border Post as Zimbabweans based in South Africa start flowing in for the festive holidays under very strict Covid-19 guidelines.

Travellers have to provide a Covid-19 clearance certificate with a validity of not more than two days.

Author: Mambe Njikofore Mande N.

Freelance Journalist, Content strategist, Paint/Sketch Artist.

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