British travellers to Zimbabwe have been alerted to a cash shortage.

No cash withdrawals using international bank cards are available in the African country.

Updated Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice recommends travellers check with their tour operator or hotel about what payment methods will be accepted.

The only legal tender available from Monday was the ‘Zimbabwe Dollar’.

“This includes Zimbabwean bond notes, bond coins and mobile money such as ECOCASH – currently, there is no new Zimbabwe dollar note,” the FCO said.

Describing the economic situation in the country as “unpredictable”, the FCO added: “There are some bureau de change which will accept and change foreign currency, particularly US dollars.

“In shops and businesses you should check before making a transaction whether the price quoted is in Zimbabwean or US dollars as the symbol for both is $.

“It is recommended to check exchange rates prior to any transaction.

“Stock levels in supermarkets, including some basic commodities, are inconsistent. Some businesses, including some medical providers, may not accept payment by credit or debit card.

“Banks are experiencing challenges dispensing foreign currency cash including for international transfers from outside of Zimbabwe.

“Availability of fuel is sporadic and queues are common. Fuel is now dual priced at some petrol stations, with a lower price available when payment is made with an international payment card.”

The country is also experiencing severe electricity shortages resulting in extended periods without power.

“During blackouts, you should exercise a high degree of caution when driving as traffic lights may not be operational,” the FCO added.

“Water rationing is being experienced in certain parts of the country.”