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- Community transmission of COVID-19 continues to be widespread. We strongly recommend reconsidering travel to Zambia at this time.
- U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with Ethiopian Airlines immediately to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.
- 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.
- Please see the fact sheet on U.S. Government’s Response to COVID-19 in Zambia
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- The Government of Zambia has suspended all tourist visas until further notice. Travelers arriving with a visitor visa, or applying for a visitor visa on arrival for non-essential purposes will not be permitted entry despite Zambian borders being officially open. Entrance to Zambia through non-tourist visas or permits is subject to approval from the Ministry of Health following a health screening at the port of entry. We will continue to seek clarification of this policy with the government and will provide updates as they become available.
- 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.
- The Government of Zambia is enforcing mandatory 14-day quarantine, testing, and regular monitoring at their residence or preferred place of stay for persons entering Zambia.
- Persons arriving are no longer required to quarantine at a government-designated facility, but must communicate to Ministry of Health officials where they intend to reside and provide accurate contact information for regular follow-ups.
- This includes those entering Zambia at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) as well as land borders.
- Symptomatic individuals will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility.
- For questions related to COVID-19, please contact the National Public Health Institute at 0953898941 or call the DMMU hotline at 909.