Zambia has introduced a new online visa service that will be available to all foreign nationals that require a visa to visit the country.
According to Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) Managing Director Felix Chaila, the new eVisas will simplify and speed up the processing of visas for people wishing to visit Zambia.
The Regional Manager of Red Savannah Africa, Albee Yeend, added:
“It is a great idea to be able to apply for visas online. Anything that speeds up the visa application process can only help encourage tourism to Zambia, so long as it is an efficient process”.
According to the Zambia Department of Immigration, the process involves downloading a form from their website, filling it out and returning it to the department with the required documents via email. The department is expected to respond after two days. Once the visa has been approved, a confirmation letter is sent to the applicant and the visa is available at the port of entry.
The move follows the implementation of similar online visa processes that have been introduced in recent years in other countries in the region and the subsequent positive impact on these countries’ tourism sectors.
Zambia is surely hoping that the new visas will help it reach its projected target of 1.2 million international visitor arrivals for 2014.
Mr Chaila went on to say: “I am told the Immigration Department has already started implementing the online visa application and we laud that move as tourism stakeholders.”
I applied on line for a Zambian visa on 10th June 2016. Till today (27-06-2016) no reply came to us (2 persons).
Hi Athar. It is possible, and often easier, to simply get your visas at your port of entry into Zambia.
Hi, my wife is a US citizen and plans to travel to Zambia along with our 3 year old daughter. My daughter has a Pakistani passport. Can my daughter travel as a dependent with my wife and get a visa on arrival? Thank you.
I am planning to travel from Pakistan and hold a Pakistani passport. If i apply along with my family and complete all required documents, will my evisa be issued in 2 days or can it take longer?
Hi Ahsan, that you will have to check with the consulate/embassy where you will be submitting your visa application.
I applied for evisa ( Reference # A-002660-06/15 ) 3 weeks ago on June 6, 2015 but it still has not been processed. How long does it take to process it?
Did you get the evisa, issued by Zambia?
No, I am still waiting, the worse part is you don’t know who to contact. I have sent several emails to the given contacts email but have not gotten any reply from any of them.
Hi Sarla, I would suggest phoning if you can get a number. Phone and phone until someone picks up. My own experience of waiting for email replies from embassies etc tells me you might never get one!
I faced a similar situation. Like Christopher suggested, I called them up last week and found out that the eVisa link is down! So no applications are being acted upon!
Try sending the request to [email protected]
Hope this helps, I am still to receive my Visa documents though!! Too worried, since all my flights and accommodations are already paid for
Hi Sarla, I’m afraid we can’t help you with that. That will depend on the embassy or consulate where you applied.
My wife and I are landing in Zambia and traveling directly to Zimbabwe for two days. From there we are flying to
Botswana. What visas do you recommend?
Thank you very much for your help.
I’d recommend the univisa for Zam/Zim. Depending on your nationality, you may well not need a visa for Bots. Always a good idea to check directly with the embassy.
Hi , we would like to know the process and duration for applying Electrnic visa / Multiple to Zambia . We will be staying in Livingstone and would like to take the day excursion to Chobe during mid of Aporil15 . there will be 5 of us / Thai Nationality
I live in Panama, Republic of Panama and I will go to Zambia for tourist en december 2014, I need a visa before? or I can get when i go inside the country on the border?
If I need a visa it is possible to get a eVisa?
Thanks for your information
For many nationalities, at present it is still actually best and easiest to get a visa on the Zambian border or at your point of entry into the country, but check with your nearest Zambian embassy or consulate to make sure this is the case for Panama citizens