We have come to that time of the year again; the festive season when our relatives and friends living abroad come home to visit. Some will bring their vehicles for ease of travelling from one place to another within Zimbabwe.

Did you know that a visitor to Zimbabwe bringing in a foreign registered private vehicle may be issued with a Temporary Import Permit (TIP) by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) upon entry into Zimbabwe?

Who is a visitor?

A visitor is any person who is not resident in Zimbabwe, but travels to Zimbabwe for a period of time specified at the time of their arrival. This includes Zimbabweans working or living in other countries and with valid residence or work permits of those particular countries.

Types of vehicles eligible for Temporary Import Permit (TIP)

· Passenger type motor vehicles commonly known as saloon cars or sedans and station wagons.

· Goods carrying motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 5 tonnes such as pick-ups and double cabs.

· Passenger carrying motor vehicles with a seating capacity not exceeding 15 people including the driver.

· Trailers and caravans pulled by the above vehicles.

Please note that any other vehicles which do not fit the above descriptions, for example a passenger carrying vehicle with seating capacity exceeding 15 people, would require a Commercial Temporary Import Permit (CTIP) covered by a Commercial Vehicle Guarantee obtainable from a Zimbabwean registered clearing agent with the relevant bond.

Documentation to be produced

· Valid passport of the driver.

· Vehicle registration book in the name of the driver.

· Letter of authority from the registered owner if vehicle is not owned by the driver.

· Temporary exportation document from the Customs authorities in the country from where the visitor is coming.

What are the fees and charges payable?

Please note that there is no charge for issuance of a TIP per se. However, there are other fees that are payable at the point of entry such as third party insurance, carbon tax and road access fees.

The following are the applicable carbon tax rates:

Type of Vehicle


Less than or equal to 1500 cc


Exceeds 1500 cc but does not exceed 2000 cc


Exceeds 2000 cc but does not exceed 3000 cc


Exceeds 3000 cc


Third party insurance is payable at US$30 per month for small private vehicles. Road access fees are now being administered by the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (ZINARA).

Conditions governing TIP

· The vehicle should be for personal use by the visitor.

· The driver should undertake to remove the vehicle from Zimbabwe at the expiry of the TIP or at the time they leave Zimbabwe, whichever occurs first.

· No visitor shall sell, offer, or display for sale, lease, hire, lend, pledge or dispose of the vehicle in any other manner to any resident in Zimbabwe without prior written authority of the Commissioner General of ZIMRA and payment of full duty applicable at the time the vehicle was imported into Zimbabwe.

· In the event of extended stay of the visitor, the TIP holder should approach the nearest ZIMRA office for extension of the TIP upon payment of carbon tax and insurance.

· In the case of a breakdown or an accident, the holder of the TIP should report to the nearest ZIMRA office immediately.

Points to note

Drivers of the foreign registered vehicles should read and understand the declaration and undertaking at the bottom of the TIP before signing it and ensure all details entered are true and correct.

Any breach of the conditions governing the temporary importation of visitors’ vehicles will result in the vehicle being confiscated (seized).

Beware of touts! Seek the assistance of ZIMRA officers at the points of entry.

· Disclaimer

This article was compiled by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority for information purposes only. ZIMRA shall not accept responsibility for loss or damage arising from use of material in this article and no liability will attach to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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