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Zambia coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Zambia. Zambia is Open with restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Zambia. Zambia is part of Africa with main city at Lusaka. Its Least Developed country with a population of 16M people. The main currency is Zambian Kwacha. The languages spoken are English.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Zambia

Open with restrictions

for travel
International travel to Zambia is permitted. It is necessary to comply with restrictions to ensure entry is permitted.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented upon arrival.

Testing on arrival

Travelers are subject to random COVID-19 testing upon arrival.

Additional test requirements

When departing Zambia, proof of a negative PCR test taken within the previous 14 days must be presented. The COVID-19 test must have been taken in Zambia. Holders of a test result taken outside Zambia are not exempt from this requirement.
If the destination country does not require a PCR test this restriction does not apply, but travelers are advised to check requirements with their airline prior to travel. Certificates can be issued for a fee of 200 ZMW by UTH Hospital, the Zambia National Health Public Institute, the District Health Office, or the Public Health Office.

Other medical measures

Arrivals are subject to health screening, such as temperature checks and visual assessment. Those with a temperature of 38Β°C or higher will be required to undergo a PCR test. Travelers who are tested at the airport will be transported to a quarantine facility until results are confirmed.
Travelers should monitor their health for 14 days after arrival and report any COVID-19 symptoms to authorities.

Additional documents required

A completed online health declaration form must be provided on arrival. This form will also be provided on departure and can be completed in-flight and presented on arrival. - Health declaration form
For more details Zambia Department of Immigration

Government measures

In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transport is operating as usual.


Restaurants are open as usual.


Bars are open as usual.


Nightclubs are open as usual.


Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in the departure country, or other selected countries, are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a rapid lateral flow test or PCR test for day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form. Travelers testing positive on the rapid lateral flow test will undergo PCR testing. Those who test positive on the PCR test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-isolation early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for another 10 days.
Further details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at

Testing on arrival

Those traveling to England are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during isolation, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'.
Unvaccinated travelers staying for less than 10 days, and vaccinated travelers staying for less than 2 days, are still required to book the relevant testing package regardless of the duration of their stay. The tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in England on the test dates.
Proof of purchase for this testing package must be provided on departure. This can be booked directly at or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at

Travel restriction details for Zambia

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Zambia

The Zambian government have put the following restrictive measures in place:
The wearing of a mask is mandatory in all public places.
All Pre, Primary and Secondary schools to close for 21 days (from 17 June). All colleges and universities will only provide online learning.
Places of worship are restricted to conducting a maximum of two services/meetings per week, allowing a maximum of one hour per service.
Bars, nightclubs, casinos and taverns will not be allowed to operate from Monday – Thursday, but will be allowed to open from Friday to Sunday, between 6pm and 10pm.
Eating places, i.e. restaurants will only operate a take-away service.
A maximum of 50 people allowed to attend a funeral.
Social gatherings such as weddings, kitchen parties, Chilangamulilo, Matebeto, will only be allowed for a maximum of 50 people subject to certification by authorised officers, and may be supervised.
All conferences, workshops and general meetings are suspended until further notice.

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Zambia

Exercise a high degree of caution

You’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours before you arrive in Zambia, using an approved laboratory through the Trusted Travel platform. Quarantine arrangements may depend on your travel arrangements and may change at short notice. If you're travelling from a high risk country you'll be required to quarantine for 14 days (see 'Travel'). Contact your nearest Zambian Embassy or Consulate for details. If you're leaving Zambia, you'll need a medical certificate confirming you've had a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of cautionΒ in Zambia overall due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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