The England team, who flew to Harare from Johannesburg, had been ready to pull out of the tour after 13 British journalists were initially barred by Harare.
An 11th hour decision to grant them accreditation saved the controversial tour.
Zimbabwean authorities initially said they had denied 13 journalists accreditation on political grounds, but later blamed administrative hitches for the delay in processing the applications.
The players were greeted at Harare International airport by England and Wales Cricket Board chairman David Morgan but nobody from the Zimbabwe Cricket was there to meet the team.
A police highway patrol team with motor cycle outriders was on hand to escort the team's bus to a hotel in the city centre.
The opening match which was due to take place Friday will now be rescheduled.