COVID-19 UPDATE FOR ZAMBIA
Updated: Jun 7
Zambia's borders are open. Last updated on Aug 02, 2021
Business and tourist visas are available in advance as well as on arrival.
Border crossing points with Tanzania (at Nakonde) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (at Kasumbalesa) are open.
International trains and bus services are suspended. Cross-border passenger trains operated by the Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) remain suspended until further notice.
Truck drivers carrying essential goods are allowed to transit through Zambia without 14 days of quarantine but must possess a valid SARS CoV2 negative certificate.
Citizens and residents can enter the country.
Foreign nationals are allowed to enter.
Travellers are allowed to transit through Zambia.
Travellers who have come from a high-risk country and transiting through Zambia for less than 24 hours will not be considered as high-risk.
Persons with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may be tested and quarantined at a government facility.
Every traveller will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher or anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will be tested on arrival and will be quarantined in a government facility for treatment.
All travellers from countries that are deemed to be at high-risk for COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health will be tested at their own expense at points of entry even if they have a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test. Travellers will be tested on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival. Travellers from the following countries will be subjected to a SARS CoV2 test upon arrival. Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Chile, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Tunisia and Turkey.
Certificates issued by foreign countries are accepted.
All visitors and returning residents to Zambia must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
A negative COVID-19 test is not required by the Zambian government to exit Zambia but may be required by airlines in order to board international flights or by the destination country for entry. The test must be conducted in Zambia within the 14 days prior to departure from Zambia. A test certificate issued outside of Zambia will not be accepted for departure, even if it was issued within the previous 14 days.
Travellers must obtain a negative test certificate from the following hospitals: The District Health Office or the Public Health Office, UTH Hospital, and the Zambia National Health Public Institute.
Arrivals from countries that are not classified as high risk and have a negative PCR test result do not need to quarantine.
Travellers from “High Risk” countries must self-quarantine for 14 days at home. The High Risk countries are Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Chile, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Tunisia and Turkey. Travellers are exempt from the 14-day self isolation if they can provide complete documentation of full vaccination along with a negative certificate for a COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel.
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.
Every traveller must complete a health questionnaire before/during boarding.
Although COVID-19 vaccinations are not required to enter the country, all travellers entering Zambia will be asked for their COVID-19 vaccination status. Any traveller who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and has a negative SARS CoV2 test certificate is exempt from quarantine.
Proof of insurance coverage for COVID-19 expenses is not required to enter the country.