Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lusaka Zambia

March 30, 2020

Location:  Zambia

Event:  As of March 30, Mahogany Air has ceased operations in Zambia until April 30. As such, there are currently no domestic flight commercial carriers operating in Zambia. Ethiopian Airlines remains the only commercial carrier flying international routes in and out of Zambia, but due to decreased demand the Embassy has heard that flights are becoming more limited from Addis Ababa to the United States.

The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Zambia, as commercial flights are available. As previously indicated, the embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States, to explore commercial flight options now, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. government will be able to arrange evacuation flights if airspace closes. Also, evacuation flights are not free-of-charge and are, in fact, frequently more expensive than currently available commercial travel.

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. Booking and local contact information can be found at the following sites:

https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/book/booking
https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/services/help-and-contact/worldwide-contacts/zambia

If you are unable to book a flight through Ethiopian Airlines directly, please contact the embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit using one of the options shown below.

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