The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to reports of disturbances and large gatherings in various parts of Lusaka, including reports of attacks on commercial establishments and looting by criminal elements. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise good situational awareness, avoid large crowds, be vigilant at traffic choke-points, and monitor local media sources for up-to-date information.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Zambia Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Zambia located on Ibex Hill, at 0211-357-000 and 0966-877-805 or via email at ACSLusaka@state.gov, 0730 to 1730 Monday through Thursday and 0730 to 1130 on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +260 (0) 966-877-805.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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