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Travel Visas

Learn here about obtaining your travel visa for Zambia, special passes and the entry requirements.

Zambian Travel Visas – Travel Visa for Zambia

If you are not a Zambian citizen or approved permit holder it is a requirement that you obtain a Zambian travel visa either prior to entering Zambia or at your port of entry. Please note a travel visa gives you permission to enter Zambia within a specific period of time but it is not permission to stay in the country for a specific period of time.

Permission to stay in the country for a period of travel is given on the granting of an entry permit. There are numerous types of entry permits available. Some are granted on arrival such as a tourism entry permit. Others, such as a work permit, have to be granted by the immigration authorities and will require other supporting evidence. For our advice on this either contact us on + 27 (0) 21 424 2460 or by email here.

Some permits, such as a visiting permit for tourists, are issued when you arrive at the airport or one of the borders. Other entry permits require an application with supporting documentation to be submitted at Immigration Headquarters in Lusaka. We will advise you as to the appropriate type of permit you should apply for based upon your specific circumstances.

Finding out if you need a travel visa for Zambia?

The following countries need to obtain a travel visa prior to entering the country:

Afghanistan

Algeria

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Benin

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Central Africa Republic

Chad

China

Ethiopia

Equatorial Guinea

Gabon

Gambia

Guinea Bissau

Guinea Conakry

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ivory Coast

Jordan

Korea North

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Mali

Mauritania

Morocco

Nepal

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine

Papa New Guinea

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Sri-Lanka

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Togo

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

Yemen

You can also access information as to whether you can obtain a travel visa on arrival in Zambia here.

The purpose of your visit to Zambia

The purpose of your visit to Zambia will dictate the type of travel visa you apply for.

For those conducting a business trip to Zambia this is issued at the port of arrival. Apart from the obvious valid passport and onward / return ticket you will need to show an invitation letter from the company in Zambia that has invited you. Please note the travel visa for business purposes can not exceed 30 days in any 12 months.

For those who are visiting Zambia in a non business capacity such as tourism the travel visa will need to be obtained prior to arrival if your country of citizenship is on the above list.

The types of travel visa that can be applied for are:

  • Single entry visa;
  • Double entry visa;
  • Multiple entry visa;
  • Re-entry visa;
  • Transit visa.

Applying for your Zambian travel visa

  • You will need to complete the appropriate application form in duplicate or submit a photocopy with the original.
  • The application for a Zambian travel visa must include two recent passport-size photographs with your signature on the back.
  • Collect supporting documentation:
    • If travelling for business, studies, official (government), church or volunteer purposes;
    • A cover letter specifying the nature of the intended business;
    • Flight itinerary or return air ticket.
  • If travelling for tourism purposes:
    • Flight or tour itinerary and/or copy of air ticket.
  • If travelling for private visit purposes:
    • Invitation letter and current immigration status of host.
  • Submit documentation with associated fee to the nearest Zambian Foreign Mission¬† (for current addresses, please see Missions page).

Please note these are general guidelines and different requirements may be needed for certain individuals.

Getting help with your Zambian travel visa

A specimen Zambian travel visa

Get help with your Zambian Travel Visa!

Intergate Immigration are one of Africa’s largest and most prominent immigration, permit and visas specialists. Our services include advice, preparation and processing of all visa applications including Zambian travel visas. For expert help and guidance please contact us on + 27 (0) 21 424 2460 or one of the below methods:

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