COVID essential goods can be imported without an import licence. In an effort to ensure availability of products required in fighting the COVID -19 pandemic, the Government promulgated Statutory Instrument number 90 of 2020 on 17 April 2020. This instrument provides for the importation of COVID essential goods without an import licence. The schedule below shows that goods that are on Open General Import Licence and do not have restrictions on importation.



1.     Goggles protective, Wraparound, Soft Frame, Indirect Vent.


2.     Alcohol– based Hand Washing Rub, Gel bottle


3.     Alcohol- based Hand Sanitizer


4.     Tyvek Suit, Gown, AAMI level 3, Non- sterile, S=Disp. Size  M


5.     Latex Glove Examination, Nitrile, pf, size M


6.     Mask Surgical, type IIR, level 2, s.u. non sterile, earloop, size M

6307.90/ 9020.00

7.     Respirator, mask, FFP2/N95, type IIR, s.u. , unvalved, Noseclip


8.     Face Shield, Clear Plastic, Disp.


9.     Thermometer, Infrared, No Contact, Handheld

9025.19/ 9022.19

10.  Heavy Duty Gloves

3926.20/ 4015.11/ 4015.19/ 6116.10/ 6216.00

11.  Knapsack Sprayer, Manual Pump,


12.  Gumboots


13.  Aprons, Plastics Disposable




14.  Theatre Caps


15.  Liquid Soap


16.  Tapped Buckets (Veronica Bucket) , Elbow / Wrist Controlled tap


17.  Bin Liners

3920, 3921, 3923

18.  Sodium Hypochlorite solution


19.  Methylated Spirit


20.  Plastic Bins,

3920, 3921, 3923

21.  Ethanol


22.  Paracetamol Tablets, Oral Liquid Preparations and Sterile Dosage Forms


23.  Ceftriaxone Injection


24.  Azithromycin Tablets and  Suspensions


25.  Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine


26.  Lopinavir/ Rotinavir


27.  Interferon Alpha 2b


28.  Remdesivir


29.  Vitamin C Tablets


30.  Amoxylin


31.  Chlorine


32.  Caustic Soda


33.  Agriculture Lime


34.  Whitewash


35.  Bacille Calmette Guerim (BCG)


36.  Vaccine Injection and Oral


37.  Human Blood, Blood Fractions Products


38.  Disinfectants containing Organic Acids

-          Surfactants

-          Sodium Hypochlorite


Exportation of products

Please note that the aforementioned Statutory Instrument also regulates exportation of the Pharmaceutical, Medicinal and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) products listed in the schedule above. Please be guided that an export permit from the Ministry of Health and Child Care through the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) is required on exportation of medicines/ drugs specified in the schedule above.

In addition, an export licence is required on exportation of pharmaceutical, medicinal and PPEs products listed in schedule above .The licence is issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Please note that goods without the necessary export permits and export licences will be detained at the exit points pending production of such. All exporters are therefore urged to acquire export permits and licences to avoid inconveniences at the time of clearance and exportation.

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