- As of March 18, Zambia has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- On March 14, the government announced increased screening, response, and preventative measures, instituted mandatory 14-day self-quarantine and monitoring for persons entering Zambia from any country with confirmed COVID-19 cases, and announced it would require mandatory isolation for any suspected or confirmed cases.
- The full text of the Minister of Health’s March 14 statement can be found on the Zambia National Public Health Institute website.
- On March 17, the Minister of Health announced that all public schools would close on March 20, and that the government would implement heightened travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 threat.
- On March 25, President Lungu announced that effective midnight, March 26 airports in Ndola, Livingstone, and Mfuwe will suspend international flights until further notice to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the capital Lusaka will remain open until further notice. President Lungu announced additional measures and restrictions during a March 25 press conference (please see the press statement).
- The government is increasing training for clinicians and health workers at select hospitals, in addition to enhanced public information campaigns.
- With technical support from U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the first testing capabilities in Zambia were established in Lusaka on February 11, and another Lusaka-based lab opened on February 12 with Japanese government support.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- As of 25 March 2020, Zambia is not denying entry to any foreign nationals, regardless of nationality or place of origin.
- A passport and visa are required to enter Zambia. Passports must be valid for at least six months upon arrival and have at least three blank pages upon each entry. Travelers transiting other countries on the way to Zambia, particularly South Africa, should refer to their Country Information pages for additional blank page requirements.
- Zambia has implemented limited screening upon arrival at the international airport in Lusaka. The screening includes using no-touch thermometers (“thermo-scanners”) to check body temperature and asking travelers to complete a travel health questionnaire.
- Travelers from any country with confirmed COVID-19 cases entering Zambia are subject to mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. These persons will be allowed to enter and self-quarantine, and Zambian officials will call by phone daily to check for symptoms that indicate COVID-19. Such persons should limit the number of people they interact with while still in the incubation period for COVID-19 (i.e., 14 days). This means not going to work or school, not traveling or shopping, and curtailing public activities. If encountering other people, remain more than one meter apart.
- Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are required to report to Zambian health officials.
- Persons with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be subject to mandatory isolation in a government health facility by health officials.
- For questions related to COVID-19, please contact the National Public Health Institute at 0953898941 or call the DMMU hotline at 909.