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Zambia Covid19 Requirements

Update: 27th March 2023  10:00am

These are the latest details that we are aware of regarding travel to Zambia, during Covid-19. We live in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and will update this page with any amendments that we become aware of.


• All Covid-19 entry protocols have been removed, i.e., travellers are no longer required to provide evidence of vaccination or a PCR test result.
• Wearing of masks in public areas is now optional.


A valid negative RT-PCR test may be required by airlines/onward destinations when departing from Zambia. Destination country requirements must be taken into account by the traveller prior to departure, and tests arranged accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does one have to go into mandatory quarantine on arrival?
There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival.

Can one get a PCR test done in Zambia?
Yes, PCR tests are available at Provincial Covid-19 testing centres, Zambia National Public Health Institute, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research central lab, Medland Hospital in Lusaka, Victoria Hospital in Lusaka. In Livingstone, testing can be done at the airport through Ministry of Health or the private ProMed. Labs that are registered on the Trusted Travel platform are the Livingstone Teaching Hospital and the Nature by Nature lab. Testing is also available at some of the lodges and will be delivered within 24 hours. The costs of these tests will depend on the testing site.

How much does a PCR test cost?
The price for a PCR test ranges from $55 to $120. The costs of the tests are US$55 per person through the Ministry of Health (taking 24 to 48 hours) and US$120 per person through ProfMed (with results within 24 hours). Only cash payments are accepted. Safari camps will arrange your PCR test for up to $400 per person, with a turnaround time of up to 48 hours.

What will happen if a traveller gets infected while in the country?
They are required to go into an isolation centre for 14 days. This will be at the traveller's own expense.

Does Zambia have a high rate of Corona virus infections?
The infections rates have greatly reduced. The death rate attributed to the corona virus is very low at about 0.021% of the population as of the date of this article.

Latest Covid-19 information for travellers to Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Getting to Livingstone, Zambia

For the information on getting to Livingstone town, please visit our Livingstone Travel page.

Here's information on Botswana's Covid-19 Updates

Here's information on Zimbabwe's Covid-19 Updates

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