A Guide to Apply for a Tourist Visa for Zambia

January 18, 2024

by Kumbi Chiweshe

If you are attending a global conference in Zambia you might need to apply for a Zambian visa. Zambia offers an online visa application portal for all nationalities. There are a number of nationalities that are visa exempt to Zambia or can simply get their visa upon arrival. Check below if you are listed under the visa exempt countries or visa on arrival country list, you might not need to read this blog. 

Check out our blog about Kaza Univisa if you are interested in visiting Angola, Botswana, Namibia or Zimbabwe at the same time. 

 

What Type of Visa Will You Need to Attend an International Event?

You need to apply for a tourist visa for Zambia to be able to enter the country. The tourist visa category is a type of visa issued for foreigners to attend international conferences, workshops, seminars, meetings, exhibitions and for any leisure related travel. This is a single or multiple entry visa for 30 days, it should cover your event days or weeks plus some time for sightseeing before or after your event. 

 

Do you need a visa? 

Before we get into the details of how to apply, it is important to know if you need a visa to travel to Zambia. Zambia is working towards an open visa regime, making it easier for travelers to visit Zambia. 

There are three categories of nationalities: visa exempt nationals, eligible for visa on-arrival and nationals that are required to obtain a visa before travel. 

 

List of Visa Exempt Nationals

If you fall under this category you don’t require a visa to enter Zambia. Please note that governments change visa regulations regularly, check the official Zambian Immigration Website to make sure you are visa exempt before your travel. 

Aland Islands

Greece

Poland

Angola

Grenada

Portugal

Anguilla

Guadeloupe

Qatar

Antigua and Bermuda

Hungary

Reunion

Australia

Iraq

Romania

Australian Antarctic Territory

Ireland

Ross Dependency

Austria

Isle of Man

St. Helena

Azores

Italy

St. Kitts and Nevis

Bahamas

Jamaica

St. Lucia

Bahrain

Japan

St. Martin

Barbados

Kenya

St. Vincent and Grenadines

Belgium

Kiribati

Samoa

Belize

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

Bermuda

Latvia

Serbia and Montenegro

Botswana

Lesotho

Seychelles

British Antarctic Territory

Lithuania

Singapore

British Indian Ocean Territory

Luxembourg

Slovakia

British Virgin Islands

Madeira

Slovenia

Bulgaria

Malawi

Solomon Islands

Canada

Malaysia

South Africa

Canary Islands

Maldives

South Korea

Cayman Islands

Malta

Spain

Channel Islands

Marshall Islands

Swaziland

China

Martinique

Sweden

Croatia

Mauritius

Tanzania

Cyprus

Mayotte

Tokelau

Czech Republic

Montenegro

Tonga

Denmark

Montserrat

Trinidad and Tobago

Dominica

Mozambique

Turks and Caicos Island

Estonia

Namibia

Tuvalu

Falkland Islands

Nauru

Uganda

Falkland Islands Dependencies

Netherlands

United Arab Emirates

Fiji Islands

New Zealand

United Kingdom

Finland

Niue

United States of America

France

Norfolk Island

Vanuatu

French Guiana

Norway

Western Samoa

Germany

Oman

Zimbabwe

Gilbraltar

Pitcairn Islands

 

 

List of Nationals that are Eligible to get Visa on Arrival  

If you fall under this category you can apply for your  Zambia visa at your port of entry. Please note that governments change visa regulations regularly check the official Zambian Immigration Website to make sure you are eligible for visa upon arrival. 

Angola

Isle of Man

Samoa

Anguilla

Jamaica

Serbia

Antigua and Barbuda

Kenya

Seychelles

Australian Antarctic Territory

Kiribati

Singapore

Bahamas

Lesotho

Solomon Islands

Barbados

Malawi

South Africa

Belize

Malaysia

St Helena

Botswana

Maldives

St Kitts and Nevis

British Antarctic Territory

Malta

St Lucia

British Indian Ocean Territory

Marshall Islands

St Vincent and Grenadines

British Virgin Islands

Mauritius

Swaziland

Cayman Islands

Montenegro

Tanzania

Channel Islands

Montserrat

Tokelau

Cyprus

Mozambique

Tonga

Dominica

Namibia

Trinidad and Tobago

Falkland Islands

Nauru

Turks and Caicos Island

Falkland Islands Dependencies

Niue Bermuda

Tuvalu

Fiji Islands

Norfolk Island

Uganda

Gibraltar

Pitcairn Islands

Vanuatu

Grenada

Romania

Western Samoa

Ireland

Ross Dependency

Zimbabwe

 

List of Nationals that Require Visa Prior to Travel 

If you fall under this category you can apply for your Zambia visa via an e-visa portal. We recommend you apply at least 2 weeks prior to your travel date. Please note that governments change visa regulations regularly check the official Zambian Immigration Website to check if you still need to apply for a visa prior to your travel. 

Afghanistan

Indonesia

Palestine

Algeria

Iran

Papua New Guinea

Armenia

Iraq

Philippines

Azerbaijan

Ivory Coast

Qatar

Bahrain

Jordan

Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh

Kuwait

Senegal

Benin

Kyrgyzstan

Sierra Leone

Burkina Faso

Lebanon

Somalia

Cameroon

Liberia

South Sudan

Central Africa Republic

Libya

Sri-Lanka

Chad

Macau

Sudan

China

Mali

Syria

Egypt

Mauritania

Tajikistan

Equatorial Guinea

Morocco

Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Ethiopia

Nepal

Togo

Gabon

Niger

Tunisia

Gambia

Nigeria

Turkmenistan

Guinea Bissau

North Korea

Uzbekistan

Guinea Conakry

Oman

 

India

Pakistan

 

 

How do you Apply? 

Applying for your Zambia visa is simple. The Zambia Immigration has an e-visa portal you can use to submit your application. There are several fraudulent websites that claim to provide e-visa support. Make sure you use the official government e-visa portal.  

 

What type of visa should I apply for? 

You can apply for a single or multiple entry tourist visa. Apply for a multiple entry visa if you plan to visit neighboring countries (Namibia and Zimbabwe). Please check your visa requirements for neighboring countries. This blog only covers visa requirements for Zambia.   

 

What are the documents required?

  • Certified copy of your valid passport
  • Covering letter from applicant to the Director General of Immigration
  • Passport size photo 
  • Return Airline Ticket (it can be your tentative booking, we advise you purchase your airline ticket after your receive your e-visa) 
  • Hotel booking (advisable not required)  

Once you have all your relevant documents ready allocate 30min to submit your application online. You should get your visa within 5-10 working days. 

Sometimes the Zambia Immigration can take longer than 2 weeks to process your e-visa. We recommend you apply for your e-visa as early as you can. 

 

Questions?

Are you looking to host an international event in Zambia? Let us help you! Hallpax has destination experts who are dedicated to making your event planning process enjoyable and stress-free. We are passionate about the cities we work with, and with our in-person presence in Africa, we help our clients navigate their cities of choice with ease.

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