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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia
July 16, 2021

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia – 16 July 2021

Location: Zambia, countrywide

Event: General Elections, August 12, 2021.

Zambia will hold general elections on August 12, allowing the electorate to cast votes for the President and National Assembly members.  While we are not anticipating large scale violence or unrest, the Department of State recommends avoiding large crowds, demonstrations, and political gatherings during the Zambian election season. Follow media coverage of local events, remain vigilant to your surroundings, and exercise caution when travelling.  Spontaneous demonstrations may occur throughout the country in the lead up to the election.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid crowds, high-density residential compounds, public parks, and poorly lighted areas, especially at night.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Avoid crowds
  • Review your personal security plans
  • Keep a low profile


U.S. Embassy Lusaka
+(260) 211-357-000
+(260) 966-050-123
+(260) 761-107-000
Email:  ACSLusaka@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
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