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Last verified: Thursday, 1. October 2020 at 07:19 AM

Zambia Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Zambia

Local Situation: 3.8 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Zambia. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.8 / 5

Zambia shares a land border with 7 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Zambia), the Advisory Index is 3.8 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Malawi (4), Namibia (4), Democratic Republic of the Congo (3.9), Zimbabwe (3.7), Tanzania (3.6), Angola with 3.5 and Mozambique with 3.5 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Zambia

There are currently 14,759 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Zambia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 332 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Zambia.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Zambia

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Zambia.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Zambia from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.8 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet -

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/ZM

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Reconsider travel to Zambia due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Zambia due to COVID-19. Zambia has lifted stay at home orders, ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/zambia-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/zambia

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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International airports are now open. If you fly to Zambia despite our advice, you’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 14 days before you arrive. Quarantine arrangements may depend on your travel arrangements and may change at short notice. Contact your nearest Zambian Embassy or Consulate for details. We advise: Do not travel to Zambia.

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/zambia

Individual rating changes for Zambia

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Zambia. Most recent events first.

Changes from August 7th 2020

The total rating for Zambia changed from 3.2 to 3.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Zambia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +3.0).

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Zambia changed from 3.0 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Zambia with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Zambia changed from 2.5 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Zambia to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Zambia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 15th 2020

The total rating for Zambia changed from 2.0 to 2.5. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Zambia with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from November 25th 2019

The total rating for Zambia changed from 2.0 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The New Zealand government removed their warning for Zambia with a previous rating of 0.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Zambia changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Zambia with a rating of 1.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Zambia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Zambia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Zambia with a rating of 2.0.

Changes from May 16th 2019

The total rating for Zambia changed from 0.0 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government removed their warning for Zambia with a previous rating of 0.0.

About Zambia

Zambia with its capital Lusaka is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa), slightly larger than Texas (752,614 km²). The country is located Southern Africa, east of Angola, south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The climate can be described as tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April). The landscape is mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains. With a population of about 11.67 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Lusaka
Population about 11.67 million
Size 752.614 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than Texas
Common languages Belarusian, English, Lao, Luba-Katanga, Nyanja, Tonga
Currency Kwacha (short: ZMK)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +260
Internet Top Level Domain .zm
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 ZM
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 ZMB
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 894

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Zambia is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution and resulting acid rain in the mineral extraction and refining region
  • and large cat populations
  • antelope
  • chemical runoff into watersheds
  • deforestation
  • desertification
  • elephant
  • lack of adequate water treatment presents human health risks
  • poaching seriously threatens rhinoceros
  • soil erosion

Natural hazzards

  • periodic drought
  • tropical storms (November to April)

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Zambia. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. beverages
  2. chemicals
  3. construction
  4. copper mining
  5. emerald mining
  6. fertilizer
  7. foodstuffs
  8. horticulture
  9. processing
  10. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. cassava
  2. cattle
  3. coffee
  4. corn
  5. cotton
  6. eggs
  7. flowers
  8. goats
  9. hides
  10. manioc

Zambian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Zambia.

Export products

  1. cobalt
  2. copper/cobalt
  3. cotton
  4. electricity
  5. flowers
  6. tobacco

Import products

  1. clothing
  2. electricity
  3. fertilizer
  4. foodstuffs
  5. machinery
  6. petroleum products
  7. transportation equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Zambia?

Zambia is currently rated at 3,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Zambia.

Is it safe to travel Zambia in 2020?

The score is rather high (3,8) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Zambia. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Zambia?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 5 individual sources for Zambia.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Zambia?

There are currently 14,759 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Zambia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 332 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Zambia.

What is the size of Zambia?

Zambia has a size of 752,614 km² or 290,586 mi² which is slightly larger than Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.