Currently, the following countries require visas, on a reciprocal basis, to enter Zambia:
Australia, Britain, Canada, Gambia, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sierra-Leone, Pakistan and Pappa New Guinea. Most Common Wealth Countries, not specified above, do not require visas to enter Zambia.
- A bonafide tourist is any person traveling to Zambia as an individual or group of persons on a pre-arranged package tour through a foreign tour operator or travel agent in conjunction with a local tour operator. Tour operators include hotels registered in Zambia as such.
- All bonafide tourists shall be issued with visas at any port of entry to Zambia or at Zambian Missions abroad
- Any bonafide tourist traveling to Zambia as an individual or in a group on a pre-arranged package tour through a foreign tour operator or travel agent in conjunction with a local operator shall be issued with a FEE WAIVED VISA at any port of entry to Zambia.
- Any person qualifying as a bonafide tourist above shall be issued with a multiple entry visas at any port of entry and such a visa shall be valid for the duration of the visit which shall not exceed a period of fourteen (14) days.
- The duly signed notice of tourists intending to come to Zambia on fee waived visa should be furnished to the officers at the port of entry at least twenty –four (24) hours prior to their arrival. The notice should include the following details: Passport particulars (full names, passport numbers and nationality), expected date of arrival and itinerary.
A yellow fever certificate is mandatory if you are traveling from an infected area. Vaccinations for cholera, tetanus and yellow fever are advised. Malaria is virulent in the low lying areas of the country which include most of the good wildlife destinations. Take prophylactics two weeks before arrival and continue two weeks after leaving. A chemist or doctor can advise travelers of the most suitable drug available as certain drugs lose their effectiveness.
Whether oral prophylaxis are taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).
Tap water in the major towns is purified and perfectly safe to drink. In the more remote areas always boil it first, except if you’re staying at a lodge or hotel where drinking water is boiled already. Bottled water is readily available in the bigger towns. It is also highly recommend that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.
There is a new visa available for Zambia and Zimbabwe called the ‘KAZA Visa’ !!
It is available in Zambia at the Harry Mwaanga Airport (Livingstone), the Victoria Falls Land Border, the Kazungula Land Border (border with Botswana) and at the Kauda Airport (Lusaka).
In Zimbabwe, it is available at the Victoria Falls Airport as well as at the Victoria Falls Land Border.
The benefit of the KAZA visa is that tourists save time and money because they only have to obtain one visa to visit both countries.
It costs US$50 and lasts up to 30 days as long as you remain within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers those who visit Botswana for day trips to the Kazungula borders.
N.B In the future, it is anticipated that the KAZA Visa will be extended to other three KAZA countries of Angola, Botswana, and Namibia. So watch this space!