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Travel Health Zimbabwe: What You NEED to Know

For a long time, health matters have been important to travellers. But since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, everyone is taking travel health issues more seriously, even traditional sceptics on the topic. This renewed desire to stay healthy before, during, and after travelling to dream destinations, has inspired us to create this post on all you need to know about travel health in Zimbabwe for 2021 and beyond.

We are going to discuss the important things you need to know about Travel Health even after the time of lockdown restrictions including:

  • Face Masks and Social Distancing are staying (Some good skills worth recapping)
  • Buy now, save later insurance policies
  • Digital Health passports are the future

A New Normal

Travel health was literary thrust onto our faces in the form of masks!

Face Masks became an important feature for Travel health in 2021

Increased bio-security features at Airports and other ports of entry have become a new norm. Ethiopian Airways completed the world’s first and most advanced bio-safe passenger terminal at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa. The terminal features 30 self-check-in kiosks, 10 self-bag drop and 16 screening areas.

Travel Medical Insurance

No one goes on vacation with a plan to get sick! But, you need to prepare for such emergencies since life happens to all of us.

Safety has found its way back to the top of people’s priority lists. As a result, health insurance tips have become important. Read on as we add to your pool of knowledge.

What you need to know about travel medical insurance

Simply put, travel medical insurance is a contract/ policy that promises to cover emergency health care costs incurred while abroad. Different insurers offer different packages, therefore, you have to be diligent when buying travel medical insurance. International health insurance should cover the basics as listed below.

  • Advance Payments for emergency transport and access to medical facilities Worldwide.
  • The option to be evacuated for advanced medical attention is necessary since many countries offering quality safaris do not have medical facilities to match.
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) are not common, however, they are not to be ruled out. Make sure the insurer also pays travel accident benefits.
  • A sore tooth has a way of completely ruining a great holiday. Make sure your insurer covers dental health. Your safari experience may depend on it.
  • Emergency travel assistance? Why not?

Post-Vaccine Border Entry Requirements

Travellers can expect a few important changes. Firstly, instead of moving around with a yellow card, the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (used to prove yellow fever vaccination), travellers can use applications like the African Union Trusted Travel Pass which you can download here or the IATA Travel Pass to prove vaccinations. These travel health Apps will help verify travellers’ vaccination status eliminating confusion and delays during country entry.

Travel Health: Other Vaccines

After upwards of a year of restricted travel, everyone was eager to explore the world again. However, there were other diseases restricting border movement before Covid-19 hit.

You will still need to fulfil the prophylactic requirements of destination countries. So you will need to get the necessary vaccinations but like we mentioned above presenting this information to port entry officials will be easier as a result of the digitalisation of vaccination information.

Note: Travel Health Insurance does NOT cover:

  1. Travelling Delays. Missed or cancelled flights are a good example of this. Most travel health insurers do not cover missed or cancelled flights.
  2. Trip Interruption. As we have come to appreciate, a well-planned vacation or business safari can be suddenly interrupted. You need to guard against this and find the necessary cover.
  3. Trip Cancellation. There are very few times in the tourism industry that can compare with the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of cancellations. You have to be protected against such
  4. Lost Baggage. This also includes protecting valuables like jewellery.

Luckily, several travel insurance companies will cover you for this. The most elite travel insurance companies offer bespoke packages that will airlift you home in a private jet upon getting a positive Covid-19 test or any other serious ailment.

Again, we say, do not confuse travel insurance with international health insurance. Remember comprehensive travel insurance plans offer more but take time to read the fine print.

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