On 21 March 2023, the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) announced that all remaining travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus would be lifted with immediate effect.

This means that you will not have to:

  • Show proof of vaccination
  • Show proof of recovery from Covid-19
  • Show proof of a negative Covid test

This applies to all entry points to Zambia.

While proof of vaccination is no longer required by law, the ZNPHI still recommends vaccination as a way of curbing the spread of the coronavirus.


The official announcement from the ZNPHI.

Check Neighbouring Countries’ Requirements

Although this means you can enter and leave Zambia without needing negative PCR tests, vaccination certificates and so forth, check the entry requirements for other countries if you are doing a multi-country holiday. Destinations that offer gorilla or chimpanzee trekking may still have restrictions in place to protect primates.

Also, check what the re-entry requirements are for your home country or those of any country in which you may be in transit.

Take Sensible Precautions

While the incidence of Covid-19 may appear to have tapered off, it has not been eradicated. When in Zambia, please remember to:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when coughing or sneezing 
  • Consider wearing a reusable, washable cloth mask if you have symptoms and avoiding others
  • Wearing a mask if you are vulnerable or in crowded places
  • Ensure you have sufficient travel insurance in place in case of a medical emergency

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