1. Summary (this page)
  2. Safety and security
  3. Terrorism
  4. Entry requirements or, for non-UK citizens, the Visa Info Tool on our apps dashboard


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Advice current as at 4:00 am 24 Jan 2020.

South African Airways is undergoing a business rescue process and has cancelled some international and domestic flights. They will be reviewing further possible flight schedule amendments in the coming days. Check with your airline or tour operator before travelling.

Around 60,000 British tourists visit Zambia every year.

You should avoid all political rallies and demonstrations. See Political situation

Anyone caught violating Zambian immigration rules risks arrest, imprisonment and deportation. A number of British nationals have been arrested and charged with immigration offences. See Entry requirements

Don’t drive after dark outside the main towns. See Road travel

Take care if you travel in the rural parts of North Western, Copperbelt, Central and Luapula provinces close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) particularly after dark. See Local travel

There is a risk of explosive remnants of war in remote areas near the borders with Angola, Mozambique and DRC. See Local travel

Terrorist attacks in Zambia can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 00260 211-253161 / 00260 950180007 (police), or 00260 211 228265 (fire). For ambulance services, staff at the British High Commission use SES (private ambulance service - 00260 962 740300 / 740302), but you can also check with your insurance provider on further recommendations.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Zambian Kwacha (ZMW)
Exchange Rate: still loading ...
Dialling Code: 260
Drive on the: left
Visitors/Tourists: 815,000 in 2010
Languages Spoken:
English (official language) 81%
Bemba 31%

Capital City(s):
Lusaka (also largest city)
Telephone Area Code:
Latitude: Longitude:

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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