Zimbabwe to resume flights from Thursday to boost tourism


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Zimbabwe will resume domestic flights from Thursday and international flights next month to boost tourism, but travellers will be required to have COVID-19 clearance certificates, the government said.

The Southern African nation suspended flights and shut its borders in March as it sought to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected 7 388 people and resulted in 218 deaths.

The government said in a statement that domestic flights would resume on 10 September, while international flights would start on 1 October.

“All travellers will be required to have a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 clearance certificate issued by a recognised facility within 48 hours from the date of departure,” the statement said.

A COVID-19 lockdown has until now closed all tourist attractions, forcing some hotels and resorts to lay off workers. The government expects the tourism sector to contract 7.4% this year.- Reuters

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