COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   [09/10/21]

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Available data indicate widespread community transmission of COVID-19 continues to occur throughout Zambia.  We strongly recommend against travel to Zambia at this time.
  • On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order is effective as of January 26, 2021.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks Zambia as Level 3, on a 4-level system.  Level 3 indicates a “High Level of COVID-19 in Zambia.” The latest CDC guidance can be found here.
  • The U.S. Department of State rates Zambia at Level 3: Reconsider Travel.  Complete up-to-date information can be found here.
  • Please see the fact sheet on the U.S. Government’s Response to COVID-19 in Zambia.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Zambia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Many private hospitals and government facilities perform COVID-19 tests.  Three sites are provided below.  It is recommended that you call the institution to confirm availability.
    • CIDRZ Central Laboratory – Located off Alick Nkhata Road in Kalingalinga, Lusaka. Available for walk-in service.  They offer three services: 1) For K1,950, results are provided within 24 hours and include travel certificate; 2) For K1,200, normal testing within 24hours with no travel certificate; and 3) For 135USD home testing with results delivered back to premises.  The clinic is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday.  Contact +260 975 138 102 for additional information.
    • Medland Hospital – Located at Plot 9, Mukonteka Close, Rhodes Park, Lusaka. Telephone: 3111; +260 761 101600.  Tests are available by walk in and cost K1,000.00 (U.S dollars not accepted). Results are provided within 14-24 hours on average for travelers who requires travel certificate validation, a QR code on your PCR results valid internationally, for testing only results will appear within 8 hours. Working hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday.(Officially a certified trusted travel lab for COVID-19 PCR tests).  Working hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday.
    • Victoria Hospital – Located at 5498 Lunsemfwa Road, Kalundu, Lusaka.  Telephone: +260 962 727 2904.  Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  24-hour results/Travel certificate: K2,500; 24-hour result ONLY/no certificate: K1,600.
  • Passengers departing Zambia are expected to present themselves to any Trusted Travel accredited laboratory for a PCR COVID-19 test.  Travelers should create an account at: https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel.  Travelers will enter their travel route and see a list of accredited laboratories for COVID-19 testing.  Travelers should upload their test results in to their account and fill out a health screening form.  Afterwards, travelers will receive a QR code to save on their mobile phone.  Port health officials will verify this code before allowing travelers to pass onto arrival or departure.  Only COVID-19 certificates obtained on the Trusted Travel platform or verified the Global Haven system can be used to exit Zambia.  Travelers may be required to upload their results manually at www.globalhaven.org.  As always, confirm the latest requirements for COVID Testing with your air carrier before travel.
  • Holders of COVID-19 tests performed outside of Zambia are not exempt from these requirements for departure.  Even if the test was performed within the previous 72 hours, another test conducted in Zambia will need to be done.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Zambia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Zambia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Zambia? Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and SinoPharm, are currently available. Pfizer is expected to arrive within the next several weeks for distribution as well.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • Information from the CDC regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • For additional information on COVID-19 related guidelines and measures at Zambian airports, please go here.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
    • The current policy of the Zambian government is for testing to be done within 72 hours prior departure from country of origin. Private airlines may have their own policy with regard to testing. Those with negative COVID-19 test done over 72 hours before arrival in Zambia may be required to get an antigen COVID-19 test at the airport. We recommend that you check with your airline for the latest guidance before departure.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.
    • Zambia has implemented limited screening upon arrival at the international airport in Lusaka.  The screening entails completing COVID-19 risk assessment form and may include using no-touch thermometers (“thermo-scanners”) to check body temperature.   Symptomatic individuals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and may be asked to submit samples for additional COVID-19 testing.
  • For information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists, please go here.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, if arriving from a designated “High Risk” country. High risk countries are defined by GRZ as countries with more than 200 cases per 1,000,000 people. Currently, they include; Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Peru, Maldives, Iraq, Costa Rica, Panama, Tunisia, Fiji, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mongolia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Suriname.
  • All travelers from “High Risk” countries will be required to undergo a mandatory testing upon entry and quarantine for 14 days at home or until the entry test returns negative.
  • A negative PCR COVID test for all travelers is required within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin. In addition, all travelers, including those from “High Risk” countries may be asked to undergo additional COVID-19 testing with rapid antigen test upon arrival in Zambia.
  • All travelers from countries other than “High Risk” with a negative PCR COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin will not be asked to quarantine. All travelers without this test will be denied entry.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Masks are required to be worn in public and on public transportation, although this rule does not appear to be enforced.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • There are fines for non-compliance, but fines are not being enforced at this time.

Consular Operations

  • The American Citizen Services Section is available for emergency services. Some routine Passport and Consular Report Abroad appointments are available as well. Please contact acslusaka@state.gov if you have an emergency..
  • The Visa Section is open for emergency and mission critical cases only. Post has begun scheduling some routine immigrant visa appointments at this time. Please contact consularlusaka@state.gov if you have a visa emergency.

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