Everything You Need To Know About
from foreign nationals hailing from 44 visa-exempt countries, all other foreign
nationals need a visa to enter Zambia. Citizens of these visa exempt countries
can stay in Zambia for 30 days without a visa, but if somebody wishes to stay
more than this period, they should obtain a visa via the Zambian embassy. Other
foreign nationals can either opt for an e-visa or visa on arrival to conduct
short term visits to Zambia.
nationals of selected countries including citizens of the United Kingdom, the
United States, Israel, Argentina, Canada etc can apply for visas after arriving
an entry port in Zambia. Upon arrival the traveler should show their travel
documents including passport, and authorities will issue a visa from entry port
itself. Even though visa on arrival is the easiest way to visit Zambia, experts
advise travelers to obtain an e-visa prior to their departure from their
homeland, as authorities may phase out this privilege anytime without prior
the e-visa system in late 2014 as an alternative to the visas issued at Zambian
missions abroad or on arrival. These e-visas are basically electronic travel
authorizations that are connected to the traveler’s passport. After arriving
the Zambia entry port, the foreign national should show the print out of the
e-visa to immigration authorities, and after verification, they will grand the
permission to enter the country.
should be also noted that applying for an e-visa is a pretty easy task, and it
will take hardly 10 minutes to complete the entire procedure. You can seek the
help of entrusted agencies like Visa Genie to obtain an e-visa, and all you
need to do is mailing the required documents. The visa processing fee can be
paid either through PayPal, debit card or credit card. Altogether, we can
conclude that applying for an e-visa is the most comfortable option for every
traveler, as it helps them to get a travel authorization without visiting the
the requirement of the traveler, Zambia has classified e-visas into two types;
Zambia tourist e-visas and Zambia business e-visas.
nationals who intend to visit Zambia for exclusively tourism-related activities
can apply for a tourist e-visa. It
should be noted that these e-visas are only for tourist activities, and
travelers are not allowed to engage in any other activities using these travel
find below the documents needed to obtain a Zambia tourist e-visa.
- The applicant should submit a clear copy of his
or her passport.
- A digital copy of your passport should be
submitted. While taking the photograph, the applicant should make sure
that it is taken in a white background. It is also necessary to maintain a
neutral face expression in the photograph.
- The applicant should have proofs of travel and accommodation.
Onward and return flight tickets can be submitted as proof of travel,
while hotel booking confirmation can be provided as accommodation proof.
- A cover letter should be submitted, and it
should be addressed to the Director of Immigration. This letter should
contain all the information regarding the trip that includes purpose of
travel, intended duration of stay etc.
- The e-visa application form should be filled.
e-visas are issued to travelers intending to visit the country for business
activities. Please find below the documents needed to obtain a business e-visa.
- A clear copy of the passport along with a
digital copy of the passport.
- Proofs of travel and accommodation arrangements.
- A cover letter addressed to the Director of Immigration
covering all the details of the trip.
- If available, an invitation letter from a Zambian
entity can be submitted.
- E-visa application form should be completed
without any errors.
Note: A foreign national traveling
with an e-visa is allowed to enter Zambia only through the entry ports
- Kenneth Kaunda International Airport – Lusaka
- Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport –
- Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport -
asked questions (FAQ)
are the criteria my passport should meet while applying for a Zambia tourist
and business visa?
passport should have at least six months validity. It should also have two
blank pages for visa stamping. If your passport has a validity of less than six
months, make sure that you renew it before applying for a Zambia e-visa.
is the validity of a Zambia tourist e-visa?
validity of a Zambia tourist e-visa is 90 days. Using these e-visas, foreign
nationals can engage in tourist activities for 90 days inside the country.
long can a person stay inside Zambia using a business e-visa?
who plan to visit Zambia for business purposes can stay in Zambia for a maximum
of 30 days using Zambia business e-visa.
will I receive my e-visa approval letter?
you submit the e-visa application form, your e-visa (e-visa approval letter)
will be emailed to the mail you have provided. After receiving the e-visa, it
is recommended to take a printout and carry it with your during your trip.
Zambia e-visas offer multiple entry privilege to foreign nationals?
the requirements of the foreign traveler, Zambia offers single, double, and
multiple entry e-visas for travelers.
should I do after I enter the Zambia entry port?
should be noted that immigration officers at the entry port in Zambia can
verify your e-visa in their computers. However, it is highly recommended to
take a printout of the e-visa to ensure hassle-free travel. Once you submit the
e-visa approval letter and passport along with other necessary documents, authorities
will do the visa stamping and will allow you to enter the country.
have my e-visa which will has a remaining validity of two weeks. However, I am
planning to visit Zambia after a month. Can I extend the validity of my current
usual validity of a Zambia e-visa is 90 days. It means, a foreign national
should enter the country within this 90-day period. As it is not possible to
extend the validity of a tourist e-visa, it is necessary to take a fresh e-visa
if you are planning to visit the country after the 90 days allotted to you.
many days it will take to receive my Zambia e-visa on my email?
are opting standard processing, it will take almost 72 hours to get your e-visa
on your email. However, if you require an urgent visa, you can opt for super
quick processing, and it will allow you to get an e-visa within 24 hours. In
order to get these quick visas, foreign nationals should pay an extra visa
to receive an e-visa got denied. What should I do?
various reasons, immigration authorities in Zambia may deny your e-visa
application. Travelers whose e-visa application got denied can apply for a regular
visa via the embassy to visit Zambia.
I get my money back if my e-visa application gets rejected?
Zambia authorities will not refund your money if the application gets denied.
It should be noted that authorities are charging this amount as the visa
processing fee, and as a result, it will not be refunded irrespective of the
outcome of the application.
permitted to work in Zambia using an e-visa?
Zambia e-visas are issued to foreign nationals who plan to visit the country
for tourism and business purposes. Using these visas, a foreign national is not
supposed to work in the country. If authorities find you working in Zambia
using these visas, they will take strict legal actions including immediate deportation.
should I do if I want to stay in Zambia for more than 90 days in Zambia?
maximum duration of stay offered by a Zambia tourist e-visa is 90 days. If a
foreign national intends to visit more than this allowed time frame, he or she
should directly visit the Zambia embassy and should apply for a regular visa.