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SOPs for returnees drawn as borders starts to re-open

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvagwa in a post Cabinet briefing yesterday announced that as a measure to enable the smooth flow of returnees from South Africa at the Beitbridge Border Post, the Embassy of Zimbabwe in South Africa has drawn up Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as the country continues to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Information Minister pointed out that the Zimbabwean Consulates in Cape Town and Johannesburg will clear those bus operators who would be involved in the repatriation process two days ahead of departure.

“All bus operators involved in the repatriation of Zimbabwean nationals from South Africa are required to obtain clearance from the respective Zimbabwean Consulate in Cape Town and Johannesburg two (2) days before departure.

“The bus operators should provide full names of all passengers; passport or temporary travel document numbers of the passengers; vehicle and trailer registration details; final destination in Zimbabwe and the identification details of the drivers,” said Minister Mutswangwa.

 Passengers and bus crews are expected to have COVID-19 negative certificates from reputable laboratories and five buses will be cleared per day.

 “Both passengers and bus crews should have COVID-19 negative certificates from a registered laboratory and obtained within 48 hours from departure.

 “Bus operators must ensure that passengers have requisite travel documents before purchasing tickets. A maximum of five buses will be cleared per day,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

 Government will continue to interface with neighbouring countries in order to create a seamless flow of both human and vehicular traffic when all major borders re-open in December.

 “Cabinet resolved to continue engaging all neighbouring countries to synchronise the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic between the countries pending the re-opening of the country’s major Ports of Entry and Exit on 1 December 2020,”.

Meanwhile, other sectors of the economy which are yet to re-open will have to present their cases and they will be considered individually.

“The sectors of the economy that are still under lockdown are to be listed in order for them to present their cases individually for re-opening,” said the Minister of Information.

Since the first case of COVID-19 dictated in the country in March 2020, Zimbabwe as of 10 November 2020, had 8 610 confirmed cases, 8040 recoveries and 255 deaths with a National Recovery Rate of 93.4 percent.

 

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