Visa policy of Zambia
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. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. As of November 2014 Zambia and Zimbabwe also offer a universal visa.
Visa policy map
Visa exemption countries
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:
In addition, visa exemption applies to holders of passports issued to residents of the following jurisdictions:
Holders of the following British passports:
Holders of the following New Zealand passports:
Holders of the following Australian passports:
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Visa on arrival
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:
Holders of diplomatic or official passports of any countries may obtain visa on arrival.
Zambia introduced an e-Visa system in late 2014. It is an alternative to visas issued at Zambian missions abroad or on arrival. Visa holder can stay in Zambia for the period of 90 days during a given calendar year since the date of entry into Zambia. 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.
|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). In second phase Namibia, Angola and Botswana are expected to join the project. 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.
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. In Zambia it is issued at Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls, Kazungula and Lusaka Airport border crossings.
Most visitors arriving to Zambia were from the following countries of nationality:
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- Nationals who do not require a visa, Department of Immigration
- Nationals requiring visas on arrival or at missions abroad, Department of Immigration
- Nationals requiring visas prior to travel, Department of Immigration
- "e-Visa". evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- Mulikelela, Maimbolwa (2014-05-14). "Zambia, Zim to Effect One Visa Regime". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- Visa-free travel for Angola, Zambia citizens begins
- "Nationals requiring VISAs on arrival or at missions abroad". www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- "Electronic Visas to Boost Zambia's Tourism". www.zambiatourism.com. 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- "e-Visa FAQ". evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- Zimbabwe, Zambia to launch UNIVISA project on November 28
- Zimbabwe introducing joint tourist visa with Zambia
- Including French overseas departments and territories residents.
- Including Cook Islands residents.
- Including Gibraltar.
- Including Puerto Rico residents.
- Tourism Statistical Digests