Security Update: Continuing Riots in Zimbabwe
August 10, 2016
The protests which took place in Zimbabwe's capital of Harare on July 4th were the first in a series that have continued into August. The situation remains tense as the public has become increasingly unhappy with President Mugabe's handling of the economy. The protests have been centered in working class neighborhoods in Harare but have spread to Harare's downtown district where government buildings and banks are located.
Further protests are expected as Mugabe is unlikely to step down or resolve the situation in the near future. Despite the protests, travel to Zimbabwe is still open and can continue as planned. Care should be taken to avoid large gatherings or demonstrations. Any police operations should also be avoided. Travelers should reaffirm their travel plans and are advised not to stay in hotels in Harare's downtown area or near government buildings; particularly in the Causeway area. A countrywide cash shortage remains and banks continue to limit daily cash withdrawals. Because of this, travelers should ensure they bring enough cash to last their entire stay. Visitors should remain in close contact with their tour provider and make adjustments if necessary.