The government has started the process of assessing the readiness of Zimbabwe’s land borders to assist travelers leaving and entering the country in preparation to reopen borders after closing them 6 months ago due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The matter came to light during a post-cabinet briefing when the Defence and War Veterans Minister who also doubles as the Covid-19 national taskforce chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said they have started the process of assessing the facilities in preparation to reopen borders:
Today (yesterday), we resolved to send a team to all ports of entry into the country to establish whether we are prepared to open up beyond just our airports.
If we come up with a report which is scientific and protects Zimbabweans, we won’t hesitate to reopen the borders.I cannot give you the date until we are wholly satisfied. We will leave no stone unturned to protect our people
The government resolved to keep borders closed indefinitely despite reopening airports for international travelers. However, according to CAAZ, traffic is increasing at international airports and 5 airlines namely Kenya Airways, RwandAir, Fastjet, Starlink, and Ethiopian Airlines have resumed operations and they are flying in and out of Harare and Victoria Falls and Bulawayo airports.