Zambia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes/1
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Zambia, a passport valid for six months beyond the end of your intended stay, with at least two blank pages, is required.

Visas

Visas for Zambia are required by nationals referred to in the chart above, except:

1. Nationals of Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Romania, who do not require a visa, unless travelling on business.

You can obtain single- or multiple-entry visas in advance from the embassy/high commission in your home country.

Alternatively, you can obtain a single- or double-entry visa on arrival at Zambian airports or land borders. You must pay for this in cash in US Dollars. If you arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, you can pay by debit or credit card.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the nearest Zambian embassy/high commission to check visa requirements.

Types and cost

Day tripper visa: US$20; transit or single-entry visa: US$50 (£35 in the UK); double- or multiple-entry visa: US$80 (£60 in the UK).

Validity

Zambian visas are valid for six months from the date of issue for UK passport holders, three years for US passport holders and three months for all other passport holders. Tourists can stay for up to 90 days within a year. Business visitors can stay for up to 30 days within a year.

Transit

A day tripper visa is issued to visitors entering Zambia for less than 24 hours and leaving through the same port. Certain nationals need to apply for this in advance; check with the embassy/high commission.

Transit visas are issued to those who require visas and who are travelling overland through Zambia. They are valid for seven days.

Application to

On arrival (for nationals in the chart above) or at your nearest Zambian high commission/embassy in advance.

Working days

You should allow three to five working days for your visa to be prepared if you submit your application in person at the consulate/high commission. For postal applications, you should allow additional time for mailing.

Entry with pets

Dogs and cats must be accompanied by a veterinarian health certificate issued at the point of origin and an import permit, obtained in advance from the Department of Research and Specialist Services, Mulungushi House, PO Box 50060, Lusaka, Zambia. Dogs also require a rabies vaccination certificate.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Zambia
Telephone: (211) 423 200. Website: http://ukinzambia.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Mon-Thur 0800-1300 and 1400-1645; Fri 0800-1300
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in the USA
Telephone: (202) 265 9717. Website: http://www.zambiaembassy.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1700. Visa applications Mon-Wed 0930-1230, pick-ups (winter) Mon-Thu 1500-1530, Fri 1200-1400; (summer) Mon-Thu 1600-1700, Fri 1200-1400.
High Commission for the Republic of Zambia in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7589 6655. Website: http://www.zambiahc.org.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1700; immigration section closes at 1700.
Embassy of the United States in Zambia
Telephone: 0211 357 000 Website: http://www.zambia.usembassy.gov Opening times: Mon, Wed-Thurs: 1330-1600, Fri: 0800-1100

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