Visa policy of Zambia

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Visitors to Zambia must obtain a visa from one of the Zambian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival. Visitors may alternatively obtain an electronic visa.[1] All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. As of November 2014 Zambia and Zimbabwe also offer a universal visa.[2]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa exemption countries

Visa exemption countries[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following 44 countries and territories do not need a visa to enter Zambia for up to 90 days in one year as tourists or 30 days in one year for business:[3]

In addition, visa exemption applies to holders of passports issued to residents of the following jurisdictions:

Holders of the following British passports:

British Overseas Territories Citizens:
British Citizens:

Holders of the following New Zealand passports:

Holders of the following Australian passports:

Visa on arrival[edit]

Nationals of following 94 countries and territories may obtain a visa for Zambia on arrival for up to 90 days as tourists or 30 days for business:[6]

Holders of diplomatic or official passports of any countries may obtain visa on arrival.


Zambia introduced an e-Visa system in late 2014.[7] It is an alternative to visas issued at Zambian missions abroad or on arrival.[8] Visa holder can stay in Zambia for the period of 90 days during a given calendar year since the date of entry into Zambia.[9] For nationals that may obtain visas at ports of entry, the e-Visa takes 3 working days to process and for nationals that require visas prior to travel to Zambia processing time takes a minimum of 5 working days.[10]

Universal visa[edit]

KAZA visa eligible countries
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image icon Map of entry points where universal KAZA visa can be obtained

Zambia and Zimbabwe introduced a universal visa on 28 November 2014 called KAZA Visa. This visa can be obtained on arrival and is valid for both countries for visits up to 30 days while remaining within Zambia and Zimbabwe (including day trips to Chobe National Park in Botswana at Kazungula).[11] In second phase Namibia, Angola and Botswana are expected to join the project.[12][13] In third stage three SADC pilot countries are expected to join and in fourth stage all SADC countries are expected to become part of the universal visa project.[14]

The universal visa project was suspended in 2015 due to running out of visa stickers and the expiry of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries. The new Memorandum was signed in December 2016, extending the list of eligible countries (including territories) from 40 to 65.[15] In Zambia it is issued at Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls, Kazungula and Lusaka Airport border crossings.[16]

Eligible countries are:[17][18]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Zambia were from the following countries of nationality:[23]

Country 2015 2014 2013
 Zimbabwe 225,527 208,962 191,048
 Tanzania 166,833 219,215 184,187
 Democratic Republic of Congo 96,201 89,796
 South Africa 94,030 98,216 87,048
 United States 38,496 32,625 31,826
 United Kingdom 36,997 31,280 32,309
 Malawi 31,539 29,579
 India 25,517 21,117 17,136
 Namibia 22,311 16,742
 China 20,648 30,831 27,603
Total 931,782 946,969 914,576

See also[edit]



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  2. ^ Mulikelela, Maimbolwa (2014-05-14). "Zambia, Zim to Effect One Visa Regime". Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  3. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ Visa-free travel for Angola, Zambia citizens begins
  5. ^ "STATEMENT of TREATIES and INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS Registered or filed and recorded with the Secretariat during the month of November 1972" (PDF). United Nations. 1973.
  6. ^ "Nationals requiring VISAs on arrival or at missions abroad". Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  7. ^ "Electronic Visas to Boost Zambia's Tourism". 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  8. ^ "e-Visa FAQ". Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  9. ^ "e-Services". Zambia Immigration Department. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  10. ^ "Zambia Launches e-Visa".
  11. ^ "Sadc uni-visa takes shape". 21 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Zimbabwe, Zambia to launch UNIVISA project on November 28". Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  13. ^ Zimbabwe introducing joint tourist visa with Zambia
  14. ^ "usurped title". Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  15. ^ "Zim, Zambia revive Kaza Uni-Visa".
  16. ^ "KAZA UNI-VISA – Mukwa Travel and Tours Zambia". Archived from the original on 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  17. ^ @WeAreWilderness (21 December 2016). "An amazing day! Today Zambia and Zimbabwe relaunch the Kaza Visa via @Love4Africa_Zim" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Zimbabwe and Zambia launch single tourist visa - Africa Review". Archived from the original on 2016-12-24.
  19. ^ Including French overseas departments and territories residents.
  20. ^ Including  Cook Islands residents.
  21. ^ Including  Gibraltar.
  22. ^ Including Puerto Rico residents.
  23. ^ "Tourism Statistical Digests". Archived from the original on 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2017-02-28.