Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.

 

London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

 

The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 

 

- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 

 

Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:

 

Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.

 

Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.

 

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.

 

As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Known as 'the sunshine city', Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe and a gateway to the country's many attractions, including Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba. Turmoil in Zimbabwe has cast a dark shadow on the city, with fuel and food shortages affecting tourism and day-to-day life throughout the country.

    Foreigners should note that the country is still struggling with many hardships; violence is seldom aimed at tourists but travellers should be sensitive to the political situation and exercise caution in the big cities, such as Harare. The tourist enclaves such as Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba remain virtually untouched by any sort of upheaval.

    Beautiful residential areas surround the city centre of Harare, the most developed being Borrowdale, Chisipite, Mount Pleasant, and Avondale. There are some interesting galleries and museums in and around Harare showcasing local culture and heritage, some of the most popular being the National Gallery, the Dendera Gallery, and the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences (formerly the Queen Victoria Museum).

    Borrowdale Village is a quaint complex offering a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs. Other Harare shopping centres include Westgate, which has a great movie theatre, and the Eastgate Shopping Mall, located in the CBD. When not sipping cappuccinos at a cafe in the village, the local residents often go to the Harare Sports Club to watch cricket, or to Old Georgians (OGs) for rugby. Golf is another favourite pastime, with some fantastic courses as well as a couple of fun putt-putt courses based in the city.

    For nature lovers, visiting the Lion and Cheetah Park is a must, and the Chriemba Balancing Rocks are also good to see. The National Botanical Garden is another good outdoor attraction in Harare. Horse riding and walking safaris are offered in the nearby Mukuvusi Woodlands, while Lake Chivero is great for jet-skiing, sailing, and fishing.

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    Harare has a sub-tropical climate and a summer season that runs from October to April. Summer days are generally hot and sunny, with average high temperatures reaching around 81F (27C), and there are often afternoon thunderstorms. Rain occurs mostly between November and March. The winter climate is pleasant, with warm, dry days from June to August (temperatures drop more extremely at night) and the average low temperature is around 42F (6C). The city boasts pleasant, sunny weather year-round.

    The capital city has a number of business headquarters, government offices, and international embassies, and as a result there are some excellent restaurants in Harare. Whether you're looking for a quality pub like Cory's Bar and Grill, top-quality steakhouses like Chop Chop, fine-dining establishments like Amanzi and Victoria 22, or a number of good coffee shops like Shop Cafe, you'll find something to suit your tastes.

    Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated around nine miles (15km) from Harare.
    Time: Local time is GMT +2.
    Getting to the city: Taxis and shuttle buses are available to the city centre.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies include Europcar and Avis, among others.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis to central Harare are available.
    Facilities: Facilities include a bank, bureau de change, smoking areas, medical services and a pharmacy, restaurants, bars, duty-free, various shops, and post office.
    Parking There is parking close to the terminal.

    Fuel shortages in Zimbabwe have made travel difficult in the past but this situation seems to be on the mend. The most effective mode of transport in Harare is still hiring a car. There are rental car companies based throughout the city, though taxicabs and minibus taxis are also widely available. The minibus taxis favoured by locals are cheap and go everywhere, but they are not particularly safe, while bus services are more practical for intercity transport than journeys within Harare itself. Parts of the city can be explored on foot, though walking after dark in the city is advised against.

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