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COVID-19 Information
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December 4, 2020

Last updated:  [06/13/22]

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As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. .

Country-Specific Information

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks Zambia as Level 2 , on a 4-level system. Level 2 indicates a “Moderate Level of COVID-19 in Zambia.” The latest CDC guidance can be found here .
  • The U.S. Department of State rates Zambia at Level 1: “Exercise Normal Precautions.” 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 one calendar day? 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.
    • Nature By Nature – Cnr Freedom Way/Kalambo Road, Lusaka. Mobile service available. K1600 walk-in, K1700 Hotel/Home.  Open Mon-Fri 0800-1900, Sat-Sun  0800-1700.  +260 950 477 426. www.naturebynature.co.zm 
    • 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.
  • Negative COVID Tests are not required to depart Zambia. However, if the ultimate destination or transit point requires a negative test the negative test will be reviewed by Zambian officials upon departure. As always, confirm the latest requirements for COVID Testing with your air carrier before travel.
  • If a test for departure is required, it must be completed in Zambia.
  • 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? Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and SinoPharm, are currently available.
  • 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?  No
      • Fully vaccinated travelers do not require any form of negative COVID test results but are required to provide proof of full vaccination status. Fully vaccinated means complete doses of a vaccine-for example, first and second doses of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine.
      • Not fully vaccinated international travelers MUST show proof of a COVD-19 PCR test for a sample collected within 72 hours of departure from the country of origin.
      • Children below the age of 12 years old are exempt from these measures.
    • 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? No. There is no mandatory quarantine for nationals of any specific country, or those with physical presence in any predetermined region or country.

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 all services.  Please contact acslusaka@state.gov if you have an emergency.
  • The Visa Section is open for all services: Please contact consularlusaka@state.gov if you have a visa emergency.

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