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
  Zambia
  Visa-Free
  Visa-on-Arrival
  eVisa

Visa exemption countries[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following 43 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 95 countries and territories may obtain a visa for Zambia on arrival for up to 90 days as tourists or 30 days for business:[5]

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

e-Visa[edit]

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 Chobe National Park in Botswana at Kazungula).[8] In second phase Namibia, Angola and Botswana are expected to join the project.[9][10] 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.[11]

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.[12] In Zambia it is issued at Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls, Kazungula and Lusaka Airport border crossings.[13]

Eligible countries are:[14][15]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Zambia were from the following countries of nationality:[20]

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 N/A
 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 N/A
 India 25,517 21,117 17,136
 Namibia 22,311 16,742 N/A
 China 20,648 30,831 27,603
Total 931,782 946,969 914,576

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Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "e-Visa". evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  2. ^ Mulikelela, Maimbolwa (2014-05-14). "Zambia, Zim to Effect One Visa Regime". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  3. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  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". www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Electronic Visas to Boost Zambia's Tourism". www.zambiatourism.com. 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  7. ^ "e-Visa FAQ". evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Zimbabwe, Zambia to launch UNIVISA project on November 28
  10. ^ Zimbabwe introducing joint tourist visa with Zambia
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  12. ^ [3]
  13. ^ [4]
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  15. ^ [6]
  16. ^ Including French overseas departments and territories residents.
  17. ^ Including  Cook Islands residents.
  18. ^ Including  Gibraltar.
  19. ^ Including Puerto Rico residents.
  20. ^ Tourism Statistical Digests