EXERCISE INCREASED CAUTION IN ZIMBABWE DUE TO CRIME AND CIVIL UNREST

EXERCISE INCREASED CAUTION IN ZIMBABWE DUE TO CRIME AND CIVIL UNREST

The United States of America, USA, has issued a travel caution about crime and civil unrest in zimbabwe.

The statements warns travellers to exercise increased caution in Zimbabwe due to crime and civil unrest.

Violent crime, such as assault, carjacking, and home invasion, is common and also smashing the windows of cars with the intent to steal, which can harm the driver or passengers, is also common, the statement noted.

Adding that local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents

The warning comes as tensions mount in the face of fuel shortages, power cuts, the rising cost of living, runaway inflation and continued price hikes of basic commodities and increasing transport costs.

Travellers have been warned to stay alert and avoid open display of cash.

Here are some of the safety guidelines;

If you decide to travel to Zimbabwe:

  • Stay alert and avoid openly displaying cash.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa and leave originals in your hotel safe.
  • Stay away from political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebookand Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Reportfor Zimbabwe.
  • S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

For more of the safety guidelines, read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

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