Latest guidelines issued by the Zambian Ministry of Health:
The following are the latest port health guidelines as issued by the Zambian Ministry of Health:
- PCR negative entry requirement has been changed from 7 days to 72 hours.
- Children under 5 years are exempt from test requirement.
We are awaiting any further documentation on this from Zambia Airports Corporation Limited, but please note that these changes will be enforced starting on the March 23rd flight date. Our website and FAQ have been revised with the information.
Should you have any questions, please contact us.
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.
You can apply for your Zambian visa online through the below link:
All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 7 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. There is no requirement for visitors to self-isolate.
Returning residents may be asked for proof of having tested negatively for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. Returning residents should self-isolate for 14 days following their arrival in Zambia.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. 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. 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.
Traveller Health Questionnaires are provided on incoming flights for passengers to complete before disembarkation.
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.
Check FCDO travel advice for the latest guidance on transiting through third countries.
Rebooking Guidelines for guests travelling to/from China - see PDF below
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