Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lusaka Zambia

Location:  Zambia

Event:  Please take note that the Government of Zambia instituted mandatory 14-day self-quarantine and monitoring for persons entering Zambia from any country with confirmed COVID-19 cases.  This includes those entering Zambia at land borders en route to Lusaka to board Ethiopian Airlines flights.  Those who have entered Zambia and have not satisfied the 14-day quarantine requirement will not be permitted to continue from a border area to Lusaka to board a flight leaving from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.  The embassy will communicate any updates to this policy as they are announced by the government.

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.

The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of U.S. 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. 

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