COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  [01/18/22]

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day 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.

Country-Specific Information

  • 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 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 walkin, 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.
  • 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 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? Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and SinoPharm, are currently available.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin 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? No. There is no mandatory quarantine for nationals of any specific country, or those with physical presence in any predetermined region or country.
  • A negative PCR COVID test for all travelers is required within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin. In addition, all travelers may be asked to undergo additional COVID-19 testing with rapid antigen test upon arrival in Zambia. Travelers exhibiting symptoms or testing positive upon arrival in Zambia may be asked to quarantine.

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.govif 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.govif you have a visa emergency.

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