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Zambia travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

02.10.2020 ProFlight Zambia has updated planned operation for the month of October 2020, featuring regular service resumption to Johannesburg (the airline previously operated Johannesburg service for repatriation purposes). Planned operation for the period of 01OCT20 – 24OCT20 as follows.

Lusaka – Johannesburg 5 weekly (6 weekly from 13OCT20)
Lusaka – Livingstone 3 weekly
Lusaka – Mfuwe 2 weekly
Lusaka – Ndola 11 weekly
Lusaka – Solwezi 2 weekly

Published on 29.07.2020
ProFlight Zambia 2H20 International network cancellations as of 20JUL20

Published on 01.07.2020
ProFlight Zambia July/August 2020 Interim operations as of 30JUN20

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Zambia
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Zambia unless they are holding a negative SARS CoV-2 PCR test result conducted no more than 14 days prior to arrival in Zambia.
  • Passengers are required to complete a “travellers’ Health Questionnaire” on their flight to Zambia.
  • Passengers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Zambia.
  • This does not apply to business travellers.
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Flight Restrictions

Published on 26.08.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 14 days before arrival.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site or self-isolation at home.

If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, and you have other symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known. Returning residents must self-isolate for 14 days at their residence after arrival. There is no requirement for visitors to self-isolate.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.
Returning residents may be asked for proof of having tested negatively for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement for visitors to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: in general, no

Generally not recommended for travellers going to the following areas: the entire North West and Western
provinces.

Not recommended for all other areas not listed above.

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Zambia LatestNews: Government suspends all tourist visas despite country’s borders being officially open; COVID-19 screening, quarantine requirements in place (Bulawayo News 24, 20.09.20).

    International Restrictions:
    Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening.
    Tourist and business visit visas are available in advance and on arrival in Zambia.
    All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.
    Returning residents may be asked for proof of having tested negatively for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. All airports are open to flights, though availability of international flights remains limited. Please check before booking. International train and bus services are suspended.
    Testing on arrival – Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement for visitors to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival.
    Quarantine requirements – If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, and you have other symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known.
    Data collection – Traveller Health Questionnaires are provided on incoming flights for passengers to complete before disembarkation.
    Exit Requirements – As of 20 October, all travellers wishing to leave Zambia to travel to a country that requires a negative COVID-19 test will be required to produce a medical certificate stating that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. This requirement does not apply to travellers to a destination that does not require a negative test but travellers are advised to check with their airline on their requirements prior to travel. To obtain a certificate, travellers must take their negative test result to UTH Hospital, the Zambia National Health Public Institute, the District Health Office or the Public Health Office and pay a 200 Kwacha fee. COVID-19 tests must have been taken in Zambia.
    Holders of tests taken outside Zambia are not exempt from this requirement, even if the test was taken within the previous 14 days.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services. Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. You should contact your accommodation provider for further information before travelling. Restaurants, gyms and casinos are allowed to open, but bars and taverns remain closed. Public gatherings of more than 5 people, who are not a family, need written approval from the local authority.

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    10.11.2020
  • Zambia LatestNews: Government suspends all tourist visas despite country’s borders being officially open; COVID-19 screening, quarantine requirements in place (Bulawayo News 24, 20.09.20).

    International Restrictions:
    Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening.
    Tourist and business visit visas are available in advance and on arrival in Zambia.
    All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.
    Returning residents may be asked for proof of having tested negatively for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. All airports are open to flights, though availability of international flights remains limited. Please check before booking. International train and bus services are suspended.
    Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement for visitors to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival.
    If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, and you have other symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known. Returning residents must self-isolate for 14 days at their residence after arrival. There is no requirement for visitors to self-isolate. Traveller Health Questionnaires are provided on incoming flights for passengers to complete before disembarkation.
    Exit Requirements: From 20 October, all travellers wishing to leave Zambia are required to have a medical certificate stating that they have tested negatively for COVID-19 in Zambia in the previous 14 days. To obtain such a certificate, travellers must take their negative test result to UTH Hospital, the Zambia National Health Public Institute, the District Health Office or the Public Health Office and pay a 200 Kwacha fee. COVID-19 tests must have been taken in Zambia. Holders of tests taken outside Zambia are not exempt from this requirement, even if the test was taken within the previous 14 days.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services. Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. You should contact your accommodation provider for further information before travelling. Restaurants, gyms and casinos are allowed to open, but bars and taverns remain closed. Public gatherings of more than 5 people, who are not a family, need written approval from the local authority.

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    21.10.2020
  • Zambia International airports reopen as government eases some COVID-19 restrictions. (Media, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating to and from Zambia though schedules may be disrupted. International train and bus services are suspended. Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening. Tourist and business visit visas are available, but must be obtained in advance, not on arrival in Zambia. All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.
    Returning residents may be asked for proof of having tested negatively for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. International train and bus services are suspended.
    Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement for visitors to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, and you have other symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known. Returning residents must self-isolate for 14 days at their residence after arrival. There is no requirement for visitors to self-isolate. Traveller Health Questionnaires are provided on incoming flights for passengers to complete before disembarkation.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services. Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. Restaurants, gyms and casinos are allowed to open, but bars and taverns remain closed. Gatherings of over 50 people are banned.

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    27.08.2020
  • Zambia International airports reopen as government eases some COVID-19 restrictions. (Media, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating to and from Zambia though schedules may be disrupted. International train and bus services are suspended. Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening. Tourist and business visit visas are available, but must be obtained in advance, not on arrival in Zambia.All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. This does not apply to returning residents. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities. Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement for visitors to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, and you have other symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known. Returning residents must self-isolate for 14 days at their residence after arrival. There is no requirement for visitors to self-isolate. Traveller Health Questionnaires are provided on incoming flights for passengers to complete before disembarkation.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services. Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. Restaurants, gyms and casinos are allowed to open, but bars and taverns remain closed. Gatherings of over 50 people are banned.

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    13.08.2020
  • Zambia International airports reopen as government eases some COVID-19 restrictions. (Media, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating to and from Zambia. International train and bus services are suspended. Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening. All tourist visas to Zambia have been cancelled. All individuals arriving in Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. Anyone entering Zambia maybe tested for COVID-19 by nasal swab. This is in addition to the requirement for individuals to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will be taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine. All other passengers must self-isolate for 14 days at their residence or preferred place of stay after arrival. If asked, you must inform Ministry of Health officials of where you will be staying, and give them your contact details.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services. There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. Restaurants, gyms and casinos are allowed to open, but bars and taverns remain closed. Gatherings of over 50 people are banned.

    Read more
    29.07.2020
  • Zambia International airports reopen as government eases some COVID-19 restrictions. (Media, 29.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating to and from Zambia.All airports are open to flights, though availability of international flights remains limited. All tourist visas to Zambia have been cancelled. Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening. International train and bus services are suspended. Anyone entering Zambia maybe tested for COVID-19 by nasal swab. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will be taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine. All other passengers must self-isolate for 14 days at their residence or preferred place of stay after arrival. If asked, you must inform Ministry of Health officials of where you will be staying, and give them your contact details.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services. There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. Restaurants, gyms and casinos are allowed to open, but bars and taverns remain closed. Gatherings of over 50 people are banned.

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    14.07.2020
  • Zambia International airports reopen as government eases some COVID-19 restrictions. CGTN Africa reported that Zambia is expected to further ease its COVID-19 restrictions.(Media, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening. The border crossing at Nakonde with Tanzania reopened on 18 May. International flights may only operate from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. The Government of Zambia has suspended all tourist visas until further notice: Travelers arriving with a visitor visa, or applying for a visitor visa on arrival for non-essential purposes will not be permitted entry despite Zambian borders being officially open. Entrance to Zambia through non-tourist visas or permits is subject to approval from the Ministry of Health following a health screening at the port of entry.
    Persons arriving are no longer required to quarantine at a government-designated facility, but must communicate to Ministry of Health officials where they intend to reside and provide accurate contact information for regular follow-ups. Symptomatic individuals will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility. International train and bus services are also suspended.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Local airline Proflight Zambia has partially resumed domestic services between Lusaka and Ndola (Copperbelt), international flights will resume. Bars and night clubs will remain closed.

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    29.06.2020
  • Zambia

    International restrictions:

    Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening. The border crossing at Nakonde with Tanzania reopened on 18 May. International flights may only operate from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
    The Government of Zambia has suspended all tourist visas until further notice: Travelers arriving with a visitor visa, or applying for a visitor visa on arrival for non-essential purposes will not be permitted entry despite Zambian borders being officially open. Entrance to Zambia through non-tourist visas or permits is subject to approval from the Ministry of Health following a health screening at the port of entry.
    Persons arriving are no longer required to quarantine at a government-designated facility, but must communicate to Ministry of Health officials where they intend to reside and provide accurate contact information for regular follow-ups. Symptomatic individuals will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility.
    International train and bus services are also suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local airline Proflight Zambia has partially resumed domestic services between Lusaka and Ndola (Copperbelt), international flights will resume.

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    10.06.2020
  • Zambia

    International restrictions:

    All international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe international airports are suspended. International flights may only operate from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
    The Government of Zambia has suspended all tourist visas until further notice: Travelers arriving with a visitor visa, or applying for a visitor visa on arrival for non-essential purposes will not be permitted entry despite Zambian borders being officially open. Entrance to Zambia through non-tourist visas or permits is subject to approval from the Ministry of Health following a health screening at the port of entry.
    Persons arriving are no longer required to quarantine at a government-designated facility, but must communicate to Ministry of Health officials where they intend to reside and provide accurate contact information for regular follow-ups. Symptomatic individuals will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility

    Internal restrictions:

    Local airline Proflight Zambia has partially resumed domestic services between Lusaka and Ndola (Copperbelt), international flights will resume.

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    05.06.2020
  • Zambia

    International restrictions:

    All international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe international airports are suspended. International flights may only operate from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. All incoming travellers will be subject to airport screening measures and 14-day self-quarantine upon entry. Travellers who show symptoms will be quarantined at a government health facility while those asymptomatic need to self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers can report COVID-19-related concerns on dedicated hotlines at 909 (toll-free), 0953898941, 0964638726 and 0974493553. Local airline Proflight suspended international flights until at least 31 May. The Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) suspended cross-border passenger train services until further notice, though cross-border freight trains and domestic trains operated by TAZARA in either country will not be affected. The authorities have indefinitely suspended issuance of tourist visas, while application for visas of non-essential purposes will not be permitted. Applications for other types of visas will require the approval from the Ministry of Health. Trucks are allowed to enter the country through the Chirundu, Katima Mulilo, Kazungula, Livingstone and Nakonde border posts, though drivers are asked to follow quarantine measures upon entry.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local airline Proflight Zambia has partially resumed domestic services between Lusaka and Ndola (Copperbelt), international flights will resume.

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    27.05.2020
  • Zambia

    International restrictions:

    All international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe international airports are suspended. International flights may only operate from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. All incoming travellers will be subject to airport screening measures and 14-day self-quarantine upon entry. Travellers who show symptoms will be quarantined at a government health facility while those asymptomatic need to self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers can report COVID-19-related concerns on dedicated hotlines at 909 (toll-free), 0953898941, 0964638726 and 0974493553. Local airline Proflight suspended international flights until at least 31 May. The Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) suspended cross-border passenger train services until further notice, though cross-border freight trains and domestic trains operated by TAZARA in either country will not be affected. The authorities have indefinitely suspended issuance of tourist visas, while application for visas of non-essential purposes will not be permitted. Applications for other types of visas will require the approval from the Ministry of Health. Trucks are allowed to enter the country through the Chirundu, Katima Mulilo, Kazungula, Livingstone and Nakonde border posts, though drivers are asked to follow quarantine measures upon entry.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local airline Proflight has suspended its domestic flights until at least 31 May. Domestic flights are resuming from 6 May to Lusaka and Ndola on a limited schedule. Pedestrian cross-border movement has resumed between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the Kasumbalesa (DRC) border crossing, 38 miles (46km) north of Chingola (Copperbelt Province). Non-essential public gatherings have been banned. Public gatherings (i.e. conferences, weddings, funerals, and festivals) of more than 50 people have been banned. Bars, nightclubs, cinemas, gyms and casinos have also been closed. Restaurants will only provide delivery services.

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    16.05.2020
  • Zambia 1. All flights must arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Lusaka Airport (LUN).
    2. All incoming travellers will be subjected to airport screening measures and 14-day self-quarantine upon entry. Passengers and airline crew must quarantine for at least 14 days at their own costs. (IATA, 27.03.2020). Travellers who show symptoms will be quarantined at a government health facility while those asymptomatic need to self-isolate for 14 days.

    All international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe international airports are suspended.
    Travellers can report COVID-19-related concerns on dedicated hotlines at 909 (toll-free), 0953898941, 0964638726 and 0974493553.
    Local airline Proflight suspended international flights until at least 31 May.
    The Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) suspended cross-border passenger train services until further notice, though cross-border freight trains and domestic trains operated by TAZARA in either country will not be affected.
    Issuance of visas to travellers from countries affected by COVID-19 will be reviewed, though the Zambian authorities have not specified what this review process entails and what are those countries whose nationalities’ visa application will be reviewed.
    Trucks are allowed to enter the country through the Chirundu, Katima Mulilo, Kazungula and Livingstone border posts, though drivers are asked to follow quarantine measures upon entry.
    Pedestrian cross-border movement has resumed between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the Kasumbalesa (DRC) border crossing, 38 miles (46km) north of Chingola (Copperbelt Province).

    Internal restrictions:

    Local airline Proflight has suspended its domestic flights until at least 31 May. Domestic flights are resuming from 6 May to Lusaka and Ndola on a limited schedule.
    Non-essential public gatherings have been banned.

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    10.05.2020
  • Zambia 1. All flights must arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Lusaka Airport (LUN).
    2. All incoming travellers will be subjected to airport screening measures and 14-day self-quarantine upon entry. Passengers and airline crew must quarantine for at least 14 days at their own costs. (IATA, 27.03.2020). Travellers who show symptoms will be quarantined at a government health facility while those asymptomatic need to self-isolate for 14 days.

    All international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe international airports are suspended.
    Travellers can report COVID-19-related concerns on dedicated hotlines at 909 (toll-free), 0953898941, 0964638726 and 0974493553.
    Local airline Proflight suspended international flights until at least 31 May.
    The Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) suspended cross-border passenger train services until further notice, though cross-border freight trains and domestic trains operated by TAZARA in either country will not be affected.
    Issuance of visas to travellers from countries affected by COVID-19 will be reviewed, though the Zambian authorities have not specified what this review process entails and what are those countries whose nationalities’ visa application will be reviewed.
    Trucks are allowed to enter the country through the Chirundu, Katima Mulilo, Kazungula and Livingstone border posts, though drivers are asked to follow quarantine measures upon entry.
    Pedestrian cross-border movement has resumed between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the Kasumbalesa (DRC) border crossing, 38 miles (46km) north of Chingola (Copperbelt Province).

    Internal restrictions:

    Local airline Proflight has suspended its domestic flights until at least 31 May. Domestic flights are resuming from 6 May to Lusaka and Ndola on a limited schedule.
    Non-essential public gatherings have been banned.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Zambian Embassy in USA/
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