The Zambian government requires tourists to obtain a Tourist Visa for Zambia in order to enter the country, either on or prior to arrival.  On this page you will find:

  • Different Visa Categories
  • Which nationalities require a visa
  • Passport requirements
  • Types of visas for tourists
  • How to pay for your visa
  • The current fees for the different visas
  • Traveling with minors (children under 18 years) to Zambia
  • Links to the relevant government visa websites

For current Covid travel requirements into Zambia and Southern Africa, please read through the Covid travel information page.

Different Zambian Visa Categories

Tourists visiting Zambia are subject to the conditions of three Visa Categories detailed below:

Category One:  No visa required.  Aside from being required to produce a valid passport at the port of entry, no other action or fee is applicable

Category Two: Visa obtained on arrival at the port of entry (airport or border post), or issued at Missions Abroad prior to arrival, for which there are applicable fees and actions.

Category Three: A referred visa is required prior to travel to Zambia.  These are issued at Zambian Diplomatic Missions in your home country, or a neighbouring country.

You may also apply for the Tourist Visa for Zambia online by visiting the Zambian eVisa Website.  Should you experience any difficulty, please contact Africa’s Eden, or your Zambian accommodation provider, for assistance.

Please Note: If you intend to visit Zimbabwe, and/or make a day-trip into Botswana, in conjunction with your visit to Zambia, then it may be more economical to obtain a KAZA UniVisa.

Kaza Univisa – A multiple entry visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe which is valid for 30 days and allows for a day trip (not overnight) to Botswana. This visa may be obtained (subject to availability) from to the following entry points:

  • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport – Lusaka, Zambia
  • Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport – Livingstone, Zambia
  • Harare International Airport – Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls International Airport – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls Border Post – Zambia/Zimbabwe
  • Kazangula Border Post – Zambia/Botswana and Zimbabwe/Botswana

Tourists from the following countries are eligible to obtain the Kaza Univisa though note that this is subject to availability:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Britain (United Kingdom)
  • Brunei
  • Burundi
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • French West Indies
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Marshall Islands
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay

Check which Visa Category applies to you

To find out which Category of Tourist Visa for Zambia applies to you, vist the Zambian Tourism Website.

Passport Requirements

Before travelling to Zambia, please ensure that you have the following:

  • A passport valid for at least 6 months after your date of arrival
  • At least two blank page in your passport for the entry visa
  • If flying into Zambia, you must be able to produce a Return Ticket
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay, particularly if arriving by land/boat.

Types of Zambian Tourist Visas

Single Entry – Valid for up to 90 days from the date of issue, this visa allows the holder one-time entry and exit from Zambia.  Single Use Only

Double Entry – Valid for up to 90 days from the date of issue, you may enter Zambia twice.  Visa expires after two entries and two exits.

Multiple Entry – Valid for up to 90 days from date of issue, allowing more than two entries/exits.  In the case of United States Passport Holders, the validity is up to three years from the date of issue.

Day-Tripper – A single entry valid for less than 24 hours.  This visa is specific for use at the Kazangula Border (Botswana) and the Victoria Falls Border (Zimbabwe).  Users must enter and exit via the same border post.

Transit – For those travelling by land through Zambia.  Clear rules of use apply, which can be obtained on application.

How to Pay for Your Visa

If you have not paid for your Tourist Visa for Zambia prior to arrival, either online or at a Zambian Diplomatic Mission Abroad, you will be required to pay for the visa on arrival at the port of entry.

As of 1st November 2023, Zambia waived the visa fee for entering the country for citizens of the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Norway
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • The Gulf States (Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates)
  • The European Union
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • the Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka), Harry Mwanga International Airport / Livingstone Airport (Livingstone), and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (Ndola) all have credit card facilities where you may use MasterCard, Visa, Maestro and American Express cards to pay for your Zambia visa. There is a small service fee when paying with a card (currently 1.1%).  Since there is a possibility that the card services may be out of operation, consider bringing an amount equivalent to your visa fee in US Dollars.

Current Fee Structure for Zambian Visas

Single Entry – US $25
Double Entry  – US $40
Transit – US $25
Day Tripper – US $10
KAZA Univisa – US$ 50

 

Traveling with Minors (Children Under 18 Years) to Zambia

Although Zambia does not require additional documentation for minors entering the country, it is always advisable to carry birth certificates and an affidavit from any non-traveling parent for all children under 18 years of age. Note that when traveling to South Africa or Botswana, these regulations are strictly adhered to.

Useful Links:

The following links will help you obtain your Tourist Visa for Zambia and other important information.

Zambian Immigration e-Services Mainpage:

https://eservices.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/home

KAZA UniVisa Info:

https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/kaza-univisa/

Zambia Missions Abroad

https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/zambia-missions-abroad/#1549895597311-3d5e40b5-9728

Zambian Visitor Information:

https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/for-visitors/