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ZAMBIA - COVID-19 Emergency



ZAMBIA  - COVID-19 Emergency

Zambia continues to register an increase of Covid-19 cases in urban areas as well as rural and most remote parts of the Country. The Authorities confirm that the spread of the virus has been exacerbated by the variants which are much more contagious and easily transmitted.

These authorities have introduced further restrictive measures for all passengers entering Zambia with special requirements for those from High risk areas. They have published a list of High Risk Countries which will be updated on a regular basis
1. Check at each point of entry (land borders and airports) for negative PCR test which must have been conducted 72 hours prior to departure. The Authorities will also verify authenticity and validity of the certificates.
2. Travellers arriving from High Risk areas will be required to undergo a further PCR test to be carried out by the local authorities on arrival or within 48 hours at the passengers’ expenses. These tests will be subject to genomic sequencing.
3. Passengers transiting through High Risk areas for less than 24 hours will NOT be considered as high risk.
4. All arriving passengers will be required to complete a health form which will be collected on arrival and used for futher checks.
5. Only travellers arriving from High Risk Country will be subject to mandatory 14 days self isolation. However the quarantine could be discontinued once the negative PCR Test results from test conducted on arrival will be communicated to the traveller.
6. Travellers presenting symptoms or signs suggestive of Covid 19 will be re-tested and quarantined in designated facilities until results are availabe, and if positive, treated in government facilities.

The general measures of wearing masks in all public places, adhering to hand hygiene, observing social distancing, avoid crowding and reporting immediately to the health authorities at the insurgence of symptoms, remain in place. These Authorities reserve the right of implementing different measures following the evaluation of the spread of the Pandemic.

Lusaka's Kenneth Kaunda international airport as well as Ndola and Livingston are operational for national and international flights, however, services to and from Zambia by the airlines may be subject to changes and cancellations even at short notice. It is therefore highly recommended that passengers stay in contact with the airlines for the necessary updates..

All land borders remain open and it is advisable to obtain a Visa before entering through on-line applications or at the nearest Embassy of Zambia.

All passengers leaving the country must have the negative result of the Covid-19 PCR test and a medical certificate that authenticates the result which can be issued exclusively by the following offices, designated for this purpose, by the Ministry of Health Zambian: University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka , Pediatric Center of Excellency, UTH Lusaka , CIDRZ, Medland Hospital, Arthur Davison Children Hospital Laboratory in Ndola. In any case, the test result and relative certification mentioned above, must be validated through the registration on the following platform:  which will generate a personal code necessary for boarding procedures or border crossing. The same platform will be updated with the list of authorized private laboratories. More Information HERE
It is recommended to check with your airline which are the rules relating to the validity times of the negative test as they can vary not only according to the destination, but also according to the transits to be made along the route and may be subject to changes and updates even with very short notice.

Passengers travelling to Italy are advised to check the special section on Coronavirus on the web-site where procedures on transfers from the airport in Italy to the final destination and quarantine information, as well as the necessary self declaration form  Passenger Locator Form available through  required by current legislation, can be found. Updates in this regard are also available in the "COVID-19 emergency section" of the Farnesina website

Zambian authorities have established the following contact numbers for information and clarifications as well as reporting of suspected Covid-19 cases: +26 0953898941 / 0964638726 / 0974493553 and toll free 909.