Zambia's borders are open, but are subject to health checks due to this pandemic mainly. Tourist and business visit visas are available in Zambia both in advance and on arrival. All the visitors to Zambia must show the confirmation that they tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of leaving their home country. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their status for 14 days after arrival and should notify medical authorities if any of will be having any COVID-19 symptoms.
You should not utilise the NHS testing service to obtain a test in order to travel to another country. You should schedule for a private test. All airports are operational, however international flight availability remains limited. Please verify before making a reservation. International rail and bus services have been halted.
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Emergency Travel Documents for the United Kingdom
Zambia accepts UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) for entrance, airside transit, and departure. If the bearer is not a returning resident, ETDs must be valid for 6 months before entering Zambia.
Validity of a passport
Your passport must have at least two blank pages and be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Zambia.
Zambia accepts dual citizenship. To minimise delays, you should depart Zambia with the same passport that you entered with.
Obtaining the Information
Passengers on arriving aircraft are given Traveller Health Questionnaires to complete before disembarking. These should be filled out in English and turned in when you will arrive.
Requirements for the yellow fever certificates
Visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre's website to see if you require a yellow fever certificate.
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All visitors arriving in Zambia from a country identified as ‘high risk' (see below) must undergo a COVID-19 test (at their own expense) at arrival or within 48 hours of arrival, even if their PCR test is negative. Travelers passing through high-risk nations are not deemed high-risk if their transit period is shorter than 24 hours.
Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Iraq, Iran, the Netherlands, Peru, Tunisia, Spain, and Turkey are now on the list of highly risky countries. This list is subject to change at any time and with little notice.
Anyone arriving in Zambia with a body temperature of 38.0 C or above, as well as anyone having COVID-19-related symptoms, shall be tested for COVID-19. Any other newcomers might be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement that travellers test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departing their native country.
Screening at the Point of Entry
- At Zambian points of entry, the following screening mechanisms are currently in place.
- Passengers will be observed in general by port health authorities to see if any show indications of sickness.
- Officers from the Port Health Department will collect and examine health declaration papers, noting the country of origin.
- SARS-CoV-2 negative certificates provided by travellers will be examined by port health authorities to assess their legitimacy and validity.
- All passengers will be thermo scanned, and their temperatures will be recorded on health declaration forms.
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The Quarantine regulations
If your body temperature is 38.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or if you have a COVID-19-related symptom like cough, headache, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or sore throat and all, you will be tested and taken to your home or a government facility for treatment procedure and quarantine until the results of your tests are known.
Quarantine is not required for arrivals from countries that are not categorised as high risk and have a negative PCR test result. All immigrants from high-risk nations will be required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation period. However, once a negative PCR test result obtained upon arrival in Zambia is obtained, this self-isolation will be stopped. Arrivals from high-risk countries who test positive for COVID-19 will be treated according to Zambia's COVID-19 management standards.
Last but not the Least: Exit conditions
All visitors leaving Zambia for a destination that needs a negative COVID-19 test. They must have a medical certificate confirming that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days.
Travelers to destinations that do not require a negative test are exempt from this requirement, although it is recommended that they verify with their airline about their regulations before to departure.
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Zambia and the United Kingdom do not have direct flights. If a travel certificate is required, most testing centres will give one, otherwise travellers must pay a charge of 200 Kwacha to UTH Hospital, the District Health Office, the Zambia National Health Public Institute or the Public Health Office. COVID-19 testing had to be done in Zambia. Even if the exam was conducted within the preceding 14 days, holders of tests taken outside of Zambia are not exempt from this requirement.