The Ministry of Health announced an online facility to help verify their Covid-19 status for Zimbabwe travellers.
The Trusted Travel Platform offers an online digital platform for the verification and authentication of Covid-19 test results based on a collaborative effort across a network of participating Covid-19 testing laboratories and Port Health authorities in Africa.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said residents intending to leave Zimbabwe will access authentic tests from different laboratories across the country mainly from Government hospitals.
“The Government of Zimbabwe has taken note of the growing prospect of another wave in the Covid-19 cycle in the region. Such a wave could be worsened by the circulation of dangerous new variants from overseas.”
“However, as the risk grows, so does the critical need to strengthen the system and to harmonise cross-border Covid-19 requirements, thereby ensuring the integrity of certificates present,” read the statement.
The platform allows for the detection of counterfeit travel documents and also enhances cross-border collaboration and confidence in Covid-19 results originating from other countries. The platform further provides updated information on entry requirements and travel restrictions for participating states.
In Zimbabwe, the Trusted Travel Platform will be fully available for use from August 1.
From August 7, only Covid-19 certificates obtained on the Trusted Travel platform or verified on the Global Haven systems will be valid for exit or entry into Zimbabwe.