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Zambia

Travel to Zambia

All passengers travelling to Zambia must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within the last 14 days. Health authorities may also conduct random nucleic acid testing for COVID-19 on arriving passengers with a negative result.

Effective 20 October 2020 and as per the directive from the Ministry of Health in Zambia, all international travellers must obtain a Travel Certificate from the Ministry of Health in order to travel internationally. To obtain the Travel certificate customers must present their passport along with their COVID – 19 test results at one of the below mentioned offices:

  • University Teaching Hospital (UTH)
  • District Health Office (DHO)
  • Public Health Office (PHO)
  • Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI)
  • Adult Infectious Disease Center (AIDC) at UTH

Passengers must fill out a travellers health questionnaire on board and present the completed form to health staff at the airport for review.

All travellers entering the airport will be subjected to temperature and symptoms screening.

The following will be tested for COVID-19 at the airport:

  • All passengers with body temperature equal to or above 38 °C.
  • All passengers with body temperature equal to or above 38 °C and any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or 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.

Travellers who test positive will be managed according to the national case management guidelines, while those without a fever but present other symptoms will be assessed to determine the need for testing.

Returning residents and citizens without symptoms

All Zambian nationals and returning residents who do not have symptoms will observe a mandatory 14-day home quarantine. Homes will be inspected beforehand to ensure that the facilities/environment are suitable for home quarantine. Otherwise, they will be quarantined at designated facilities. They must monitor themselves daily for developing COVID-19 symptoms and report any such signs to the nearest health authority.

Business travellers

Business travellers arriving in Zambia must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to enter the country. They are free to conduct their business as planned while adhering to recommended COVID-19 prevention measures such as maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask and personal hygiene. They shall monitor themselves daily for 14 days for developing COVID-19 symptoms and report any such signs to the nearest health authority.

Tourists

Tourists will not be allowed entry into Zambia without a negative COVID-19 test certificate.

Please check the list of health facilities authorised to conduct COVID-19 PCR testing in Zambia.