As of Monday, June 24, 2019 the Zimbabwe government is once again issuing Zimbabwe dollars and saying that the use of US dollars is illegal.
In a government gazette published on Monday, the president of Zimbabwe said: “The British Pound, US dollar, South African Rand, Botswana Pula and any other foreign currency whatsoever shall no longer be legal tender alongside the Zimbabwe dollar in any transaction in Zimbabwe”.
This means that the multi-currency system that Zimbabwe has been using has now come to an end and transactions are now to be conducted in local currency.
Most people in the tourism industry however believe this will apply like it does in all other countries and even in Zimbabwe before the US dollar became their currency (yes – Zimbabwe’s currency for the last several years has been the US dollar).
We believe US dollars will be accepted at hotels and tourist facilities but in local shops the Zimbabwean dollar will have to be used.
This could pose a problem for credit card use in Zimbabwe as there could be a wide disparity between the official US $ rate and black market rate making charges MUCH greater than you would expect…
July 3, 2019 update: Client’s at Victoria Falls sent us this photo from the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge:
Despite the changes noted above entry visas must still be paid in US dollars.
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