Negative Covid-19 test required for travel between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Amid a surge in cases, the South African government has imposed stricter requirements for travel between it and Zimbabwe.

For the festive season, those travelling to Zimbabwe are required to produce a certificate confirming a negative test not older than 48 hours. On their way back, they will be required to present confirmation of a negative test not older 72 hours. The issuance of the certificate will cost at least R850 in South Africa and about R920 for travel back from Zimbabwe. The measures announced by the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi alongside his Zimbabwean counterpart on Friday, are intended for the Beitbridge border, which is often criticized for lackluster enforcement.

The test would have to be done privately, with public hospitals not expected to support the testing. With many Zimbabweans working and living in South Africa accustomed to heading home over the festive season to spend time with their families, this is expected to have many re-assessing their travel plans. Aware that some might try to cross illegally given the charges imposed, Motsoaledi and his counterpart, the Zimbabwean Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Kazembe Kazembe have highlighted stricter measures would be taken to ensure compliance during the period.