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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Zambia

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This article was published on July 19, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Zambia?

You can enter Zambia. Nevertheless, several COVID-19 restrictions are still in place in Zambia. 

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Can I enter Zambia if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Zambia if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if at least 14 days after completing your vaccination course.

As of April 2022, there are five vaccine drugs approved in Zambia:

  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Sinopharm
  • Moderna

Travel documents if I am vaccinated 

  • A certificate confirming vaccination status

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from vaccination requirements.

Can I enter Zambia if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Zambia if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival 

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing requirements.

Can I leave Zambia?

There are no COVID-19-related restrictions for leaving Zambia. Please ensure that you’ve learned the demands of your destination country concerning covid tests for vaccinated travelers. Several countries, such as the US, demand tests anyway.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated 

  • A document confirming vaccination status

Please check all the requirements about the language of documents, data included, and approved vaccines of your destination ahead.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from covid (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative covid test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Zambia currently

As of April 2022, international travel to Zambia is safer compared to the previous months. However, please adhere to all COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place to ensure your safety.

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Is it safe to travel to Zambia right now?

Currently, Zambia is not the safest place to travel. Nevertheless, your travel will be safe if you follow the main regulations:

  • Wearing masks
  • Keeping social distance
  • Bars are open from 18:00 to 20:00

Is Lusaka open for travel now?

Lusaka is open for travel now. It is possible to visit the city’s main attractions provided you follow the countrywide regulations. 

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Zambia?

Only travelers that test positive are required to self-isolate at their own cost.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Zambia?

There is no health pass for foreign travelers in Zambia presently.

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