Zambia Travel and Flight Restrictions

Lynn Mackenzie, J.D., LLM
Courtesy of Marian Chembeya

As per the updated travel advisory, Zambia has currently undertaken measures related to aviation travel. Here are the main points.

(a) All scheduled and non-scheduled international flights to all Airports are open.

(b) The following procedures at LUN and NLA airports will apply:

All passengers coming from international flights terminating at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (NLA )  are encouraged/  recommended  to present a certificate, of having tested  negative  from COVID-19  dated less than four (04 days,  from the date of the test ) from the designated laboratories authorized by Health Authority of the countries. This is enforcement since 0000 hrs. of 20 July, 2020 and is a temporary measure till cases of COVID-19 subside.

Transit persons on board except crew shall not be permitted to disembark without authorization; crewmembers may disembark but shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under the supervision of the health authorities during their rotation/rest periods.

Non-essential travel is not encouraged, as visas will not be issued upon arrival at FLKK (Kenneth Kaunda International Airport) for tourist and visitors. Lusaka office needs to be requested for Ok to Board clearance for any travelers appealing that they will get visa upon arrival.

Alien residents / Incoming passengers ( Non-Zambian ) will not be allowed to arrive in Zambia planning to cross borders via surface transport  to the neighboring countries like  Malawi , Congo, Botswana, Angola  and South Africa  without a written clearance from the Zambian Department of immigration and Ministry of Health  and a certificate, of having tested  negative  from COVID-19  dated less than four (04 days,  from the date of the test )

All persons holding Tourist visas will not be allowed entry in Zambia until further notice without a written clearance from the Department of immigration and a certificate, of having tested negative from COVID-19 dated less than four (04 days, from the date of the test)

All persons holding Business visas must have written clearance from the Zambian Department of immigration and Ministry of Health stating the importance of their business in Zambia before they arrive.

Spouses/children or any other relatives of permit/residence card holders but not included in the residence cards/permits are not allowed entry in Zambia unless with special clearance in writing from the Zambian Department of immigration.

All tourist and business visas, which were approved before 25 MAR, 20 are revoked and remain null and void.

Effective Date: The measures described herein are effective from 20th July 2020, until the revocation of this AIC, subject to a risk assessment and review.”

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