On Friday, the Constitutional Court in Harare is expected to give its ruling in the legal challenge to Zimbabwe‘s recent election results. As with earlier this week, some streets around the court are likely to be closed and protests are possible. These could turn violent without warning, so travellers are advised to avoid the area.

Travel advice

  • Avoid the Central Business District of Harare,
  • Avoid any other demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

From the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Elections were held in Zimbabwe on 30 July 2018. During the current post-election period, political gatherings and demonstrations may occur. These can be unpredictable and may turn violent. An increased police and military presence throughout the country is likely.

The Constitutional Court is expected to rule on a legal challenge to the election result by 24 August. The ruling may spark further protests or demonstrations. Police road closures are likely to be in place in parts of central Harare during this period. You’re advised to exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

Taking photographs of members of police and armed forces personnel and of demonstrations and protests is not permitted.

You should avoid political activity, or activities which could be considered political, including political discussions in public places. See Political situation.

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