Pace Car Rental is one of the only rental companies in Johannesburg that allows their vehicles to cross into Zimbabwe, these cross border rentals into Zimbabwe have given us experience in what is required and tips to cross the border.

When crossing border into Zimbabwe you will need the following documents for your vehicle in order to apply for a temporary import permit.

  •     Colour Copy of the Reg Document preferably certified
  •     If the registration documents are not certified then you will need the original license disc paper
  •     Letter from Titleholder and owner permitting user to cross border into Zimbabwe
  •     Insurance letter to cross into Zimbabwe, confirming third party insurance

Be careful to ask only for the temporary import permit as for certain vehicles with fare paying passengers there are additional permits.  If you are a family or group in a minibus, you do not need a transport license as you are not fare paying passengers.  Often there is confusion around this when you are driving a 8 or 10 seater vehicle, so be clear on what you are doing.  Do not fall for this!

Most people going to Bulawayo or Vic Falls, go through Botswana and then into Zimbabwe.  Pace Car Rental charge only 1 cross border fee for both countries and supply the documents required for both countries.  An important note when using the less well travelled borders is to check the times that you will be travelling.  Not all borders are open 24 hours a day like Beitbridge and Komatipoort, so make sure you don’t get stuck taking a detour via a quiet border post.

Zimbabwe have a safety kit that needs to be present on all vehicles

  •     White reflectors on front bumper
  •     White reflector on rear bumpers
  •     Two warning triangles
  •     Reflective vest
  •     Fire extinguisher
  •     ZA Sticker

Pace Car Rental will supply the kit for a nominal fee, if you are driving one of our rental cars.

These are not always asked for at the border, however once inside Zimbabwe you will probably be stopped at regular road blocks where you will be asked
When crossing at the border it is advisable to know exactly what is expected and do not ask a border official what to do.  When a border official realises that you are not aware of the normal process, this will prompt the border official to come up with all manner of rules that will require you to lubricate the process with money. It is best to find out from others in the queue what documents are required to be filled in and appear to look confident at all times.  A corrupt border official seeking a bribe will prey on a weak person even if that person has the correct cross border documents.