COVID-19 Information

  • Country-Specific Information:
    • On March 18, 2020, the Zambian Minister of Health confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Zambia.
    • Any other relevant information. The government has announced increased screenings at airport and border entry points, instituted 14-day monitoring for persons at high risk of COVID-19, are increasing training for clinicians and health workers at select hospitals and are currently working to develop increased 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:
    • Are there any new restrictions in place as a result of the worldwide outbreak? Zambia is not denying entry to any foreign nationals, regardless of nationality or place of origin.
    • Do travelers need particular documentation to enter/exit? 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.
    • What procedures have been put in place at airports and other ports of entry? Zambia has implemented limited screening at the international airports in Lusaka, Livingstone and Ndola.  The screening includes using no-touch thermometers (“thermo-scanners”) to check body temperature and asking travelers to complete a travel health questionnaire.
  • Quarantine Information:
    • Include any relevant information about quarantine policies – if they are in effect – such as length of quarantine, location, etc. Travelers who have been in China in the past 14 days will be self-monitored for 14 days since their last potential exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 (typically the day they entered Zambia). These persons will be allowed to enter, and Zambian officials will call by phone daily to check for symptoms that indicate COVID-19. Such persons are encouraged to practice “social distancing” to limit the number of people they interact with while still in the incubation period for COVID-19 (i.e., 14 days). Persons with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may be tested and/or quarantined.
  • Local Resources:
    • For questions related to COVID-19, please contact the National Public Health Institute at 0953898941 or call the DMMU hotline at 909.