Travel Advice for Zambia
Zambia
Capital: Lusaka

Time Zone GMT + 2
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 260
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 1 2 25067 / 254798.
Tourist
Information
Zambia National Tourist Board, PO Box 30017, Century House, Cairo Road, Lusaka, Zambia, Tel: (1) 229 087 (1) 225 174.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except nationals of : Ireland and the UK. Nationals of Commonwealth, dependant and associated states (with the exception of Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka who do need visas). Nationals of Fiji, Norway, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists in the Falciparum variety throughout the whole country all year. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported. Malaria is endemic and worsens during the rainy season.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination is strongly recommended to all travellers. Those arriving from infected areas will require a vaccination certificate.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, and Rabies Outbreaks of cholera and dysentery occur regularly during the rainy season. There is a very high prevalence of AIDS/HIV. Visitors should seek medical advice before travelling.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Drinking water should be filtered and boiled and visitors should avoid eating food purchased from local street vendors. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Kwacha (K) = 100 ngwee.
Exchange: only at authorised banks and bureaux de changes.
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to K100. Currency exchange forms must be shown if purchasing airline tickets in Zambia.
American Express is widely accepted, with other credit cards less so. Travellers cheques are widely accepted. US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
High inflation means that prices for tourists tend to be expensive.
Languages English and over 73 local dialects.
Weather High altitudes prevents the temperatures becoming too hot. The winter is cool and dry from May - Sept. The weather is hot and dry from Oct - Nov. the hot raining season is
Dec - Apr.
Electricity 220 Volts, AC, 50 Hz.
Post 7 - 14 days to Europe.
Transport FLIGHTS: There are over 127 airstrips in the country and several charter companies operate domestic flights.
ROADS: A good network exists but they ban be dangerous in the raining season.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is recommended.
BUS: Services are often unreliable and can be very overcrowded.
RAIL: Trains serve Lusaka; Ndola, Kitwe and Mulobezi. Local services are limited.
Special
Information
Care and sensible precautions should be taken when travelling in Zambia to minimise the risk of muggings and armed robberies. Travel to the North-Western areas of Zambia bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola should be avoided due to the increasing violence in these countries. There have also been armed incursions into Zambia. Travellers to rural areas have very limited health facilities. In general travellers to remote areas will be met with curiosity. Particular care should be taken in these areas. African culture and traditions dominate. Traditional dancing is popular throughout the country and many colourful annual ceremonies take place.