Planning your elective - Zimbabwe
Iain McNamara recommends the wealth of medical experience available in a country much in the news
From the grandeur of the Eastern High-lands to the magnificence of Victoria Falls Zimbabwe is an amazing country. It was here that I decided to spend my elective period. The requirements to work in Zimbabwe are very few.
Visas from the University of Harare are officially required, although different hospitals seem to have different requirements and, as with everything in Africa, there are few hard and fast rules. It is a good idea to check with your hospital contact in Zimbabwe as to whether visas have to be purchased or whether they can be waived. If needed, the cost is US$50 and application has to be made to J Svisviro, Department of Medical Staffing, University of Harare. Applications take about two months to process and must be made before departure.
Once you are at the hospital it may be worth asking about temporary resident passes, as these will enable entry