Zambia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Required to present a negative COVID-19 test.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Might be required to quarantine based on body temperature or other symptoms of covid.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 26.05.2021
1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.
2. A completed “Traveller Health Questionnaire” must be presented upon arrival.
3. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening upon arrival.
4. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.
5. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for 14 days.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.


Detailed Tourist Information

Zambia’s borders are open, but under tight screening.

Tourist and business visit visas are available in advance and on arrival in Zambia.

All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 7 days before their arrival. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities. There is no requirement for visitors to self-isolate.

Returning residents may be asked for proof of having tested negatively for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. Returning residents should self-isolate for 14 days following their arrival in Zambia.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

All airports are open to flights, though availability of international flights remains limited. Please check before booking.

International train and bus services are suspended.

Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement for visitors to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival.

If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, and you have other symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known.

Lockdown Details

The Zambian government have put the following restrictive measures in place:

The wearing of a mask is mandatory in all public places.

All Pre, Primary and Secondary schools to close for 21 days (from 17 June). All colleges and universities will only provide online learning.

Places of worship are restricted to conducting a maximum of two services/meetings per week, allowing a maximum of one hour per service.

Bars, nightclubs, casinos and taverns will not be allowed to operate from Monday – Thursday, but will be allowed to open from Friday to Sunday, between 6pm and 10pm.

Eating places, i.e. restaurants will only operate a take-away service.

A maximum of 50 people allowed to attend a funeral.

Social gatherings such as weddings, kitchen parties, Chilangamulilo, Matebeto, will only be allowed for a maximum of 50 people subject to certification by authorised officers, and may be supervised.

All conferences, workshops and general meetings are suspended until further notice.

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