Visa policy of Zambia

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Zambia visa

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 42 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:

In March 2015 Zambia decided to drop visas for citizens of COMESA countries.[4]

Visa On Arrival[edit]

Nationals of following 92 countries and territories may obtain a visa for Zambia on arrival for up to 90 days as tourists or 30 days for business:[5]

1 - including all other classes of British nationality.


Zambia introduced an e-Visa system in late 2014.[6] It is an alternative to visas issued at Zambian missions abroad or on arrival.[7]

Universal visa[edit]

KAZA visa eligible countries
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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 Botswana at Kazungula).[8] In second stage, if the pilot phase running until May 2015 is successful,[9] Namibia, Angola and Botswana are expected to join the project.[10][11] 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.[12]

The universal visa is available to citizens of 40 designated countries and in Zambia it is issued at Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls, Kazungula and Lusaka Airport border crossings.[13][14]

Eligible countries are:[15][16][17]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "e-Visa". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  2. ^ Mulikelela, Maimbolwa (2014-05-14). "Zambia, Zim to Effect One Visa Regime". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  3. ^ "Visa Information". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zambia : Zambia drops visa requirement for all COMESA citizens". 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Nationals requiring VISAs on arrival or at missions abroad". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Electronic Visas to Boost Zambia's Tourism". 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  7. ^ "e-Visa FAQ". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  8. ^ "Sadc uni-visa takes shape". The Zimbabwe Independent. 2014-11-21. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  9. ^ Hatyoka, Brian (2014-11-28). "Zambia, Zim Launch Uniform Visa". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  10. ^ "Zimbabwe, Zambia to launch UNIVISA project on November 28". News - 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  11. ^ "Zimbabwe introducing joint tourist visa with Zambia". Eyewitness News. 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  12. ^ "KAZA Overview". kazaVISA. Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. 
  13. ^ Zim, Zambia to launch uni-visa month end
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  18. ^ Including  Cook Islands residents.
  19. ^ Including Puerto Rico residents.