*Entry to Zambia: 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 72 hours 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. There is no requirement for visitors or residents to self-isolate.
Returning residents must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before their arrival.
You should arrange to take a private test.
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, as will anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms. 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 72 hours before their arrival.
*Quarantine requirements: If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, or you have a COVID-19 related symptom (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache, loss of taste or smell, or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to either your home or 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. These should be completed in English and handed in on arrival.
*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.
There are no direct flights between Zambia and the UK.
*Travel in Zambia: Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services.
*Accommodation: There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. You should contact your accommodation provider for further information before travelling.
*Public places and services: Restaurants, bars, gyms and casinos in Zambia have been allowed to re-open. Public gatherings of more than 5 people, who are not a family, need written approval from the local authority.