IOPS 2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
16-20 OCTOBER 2023
GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE
Zimbabwe’s Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) – the supervisory authority of
insurance and private occupational pension funds, will host the Technical Meetings,
Annual General Meeting, and the OECD/IOPS Global Forum on Private Pensions, in
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa from 16 to 20 October 2023.
This brochure provides information on what you need to know about the host
country, city, immigration laws, health protocols, and tourism options.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. It is bordered on the
west, by Botswana; on the north, by Zambia; on the east, by Mozambique; and on
the south, by South Africa. The capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare.
The country’s Constitution recognises 16 official languages but the dominant ones
are; English, Shona, and Ndebele. However, English is the official working language.
ABOUT HOST CITY (VICTORIA FALLS)
Victoria Falls is a resort city situated in Matabeleland North province of Zimbabwe.
Famed for its most spectacular waterfall, the majestic Victoria Falls is one of the seven
natural wonders of the world.
The city is mainly surrounded by National Parks and Wildlife areas, where assortments
of wild animals, including the Big Five, are found. Humans and wildlife share the routes
home and to the watering hall. For more information on Victoria Falls, read here
ABOUT THE MEETING VENUE
The venue for the meetings is Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, which has hosted
international conferences before, with delegates of up to 1000. For more information
on Elephant Hills Hotel, read here
The Visa system in Zimbabwe has three categories namely:
Countries whose nationals do not require visas. Check the visa regime here.
Countries whose nationals obtain visas at the port of entry after paying visa fees.
Check the visa regime here.
Countries whose nationals are required to apply and obtain visas prior to travel.
Check the visa regime here.
Visas can be applied online, the website for visa application is www.evisa.gov.zw.
Delegates are encouraged to take advantage of the online visa application system
and apply well on time to avoid any inconveniences.
The Zimbabwe IOPS 2023 Local Organising Committee comprising representatives
from the country’s Department of Immigration, is available to assist delegates with visa
facilitation, should they face any challenges, especially for those that are required to
get visas prior to travel.
Visitors to Zimbabwe are only required to present a valid Covid-19 vaccination
certificate at the port of entry while those who are unvaccinated must present a valid
negative Covid-19 PCR certificate.
The City of Victoria Falls, the host city, reached Covid-19 vaccination herd immunity,
making it a safe destination for delegates.
INTERNATIONAL AIR ACCESS
The host city is well linked to the world with the following airlines flying into Victoria Falls:
• Air Zimbabwe
• Ethiopian Airlines
• British Airways
• Lufthansa, Eurowings
• Kenya Airways
• Kuva Air
• South African Airways
• SA Airlink
• Air Namibia
The local currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe dollar. You can visit:
www.rbz.co.zw for daily bank exchange rates.
The following currencies are also accepted USD/Euro/Rand and Pula.
The average temperature in Zimbabwe in the month of October ranges from 27–37° C