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August 26th, 2020

These are the current travel protocols for Zambia as of August 27, 2020 (note these are being updated regularly)

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Tourists arriving will be subjected to a temperature test upon arrival and will need to carry with them proof of a negative COVID test conducted within the previous 14 days.
  • All travelers coming into Zambia will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) PCR test result. The test should have been conducted within the previous 14 days prior of arrival to Zambia. Travelers who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed into Zambia.
  • Currently, no tourism visas are issued on arrival.  All tourists heading to Zambia have to apply for an on-line visa authorization through 
  • A passport and visa are required to enter Zambia. Passports must be valid for at least six months upon arrival and have at least three blank pages upon each entry.
  • Zambia has implemented limited screening upon arrival at the international airport in Lusaka.  The screening includes using no-touch thermometers (“thermo-scanners”) to check body temperature and asking travelers to complete a travel health questionnaire.

Arrival procedures at the Airports:

  • Traveler Health Questionnaires will be provided to all airlines entering Zambia. The questionnaires will be provided on-board for passengers to pre-fill before disembarkation, and to be surrendered to health staff on the ground at the airport.
  • Symptomatic travellers with body temperatures equal to or above 38°C/100°F will be tested for SARS Cov-2 at the airport. In addition to this temperature level, if a traveler is coughing, has shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, sore throat and headache – they will be quarantined in specific institutions designated by the Ministry of Health until their results are ready.
  • Travelers who test positive will be managed according to the National Case Management Guidelines.
  • Travelers without fever but with other symptoms will be assessed to determine need for testing.
  • Random testing for quality assurance purposes will be conducted randomly on selected passengers presenting negative results.

Standard Operations Procedures (Safety Guidelines for the tourism industry):

  • To ensure a safe experience for the tourists, safety operation guidelines have been put in place by the tourism sector. Tourists will be expected to wear masks and observe the globally accepted 6-feet physical distancing.

Flight information: 

At this time, scheduled commercial air operations are as follows:

  • Emirates – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Ethiopian Airlines – direct flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.  Daily flights are offered on the other days with a stopover (no changing of planes but 1 hour stopover)
  • Kenya Airways – direct flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • RwandAir – direct flights Mondays and Fridays

Zambia COVID 19 statistics as of August 27, 2020

LocationConfirmed casesRecoveredDeathsZambia11,08210,062280

For more information about the arrival protocols for Zambia, details can be found here

To start planning your Zambian trip, contact us at welcome@roarafrica.com or +1 855 666 7627

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