Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lusaka Zambia

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lusaka Zambia (April 15, 2020)

Location:  Zambia

Event:  Following today’s lockdown in Kafue town, it is anticipated that further testing measures will continue in Kafue by Ministry of Health officials tomorrow, April 16.  Please avoid the Kafue area during these exercises and continue to monitor local media for current restrictions and updates.

Please take note that the Government of Zambia is strictly enforcing mandatory 14-day quarantine, testing, and daily monitoring at government-designated locations for persons entering Zambia from any country with confirmed COVID-19 cases.  These facilities can be rudimentary and have limited amenities and services.  This includes those entering Zambia at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) as well as land borders.  Those who have entered Zambia via a land border and have not satisfied the 14-day quarantine requirement will not be permitted to continue from the border area to Lusaka to board flights leaving from KKIA.  The costs associated with this 14-day quarantine are at your own expense.  Symptomatic individuals will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility.

International commercial flight options currently exist in Zambia.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Zambia at this time.

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, or require emergency passport services for urgent travel, please contact the embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit using one of the options shown below.

Please note, this information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  We will be sure to highlight any new information from previous emails.

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