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 July 16, 2021: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Zambia

Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces.

Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services.


There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. You should contact your accommodation provider for further information before travelling.

Public places and services

The Zambian government have put restrictive measures in place, which were last updated on 16 July:

  • The wearing of a mask is mandatory in all public places
  • All Pre, Primary and Secondary schools to remain closed and re-open on 16 August
  • All colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning continue with online classes only
  • Places of worship are restricted to conducting a maximum of two services/meetings per week, allowing a maximum of one hour per service
  • Casinos and night clubs to remain closed
  • Bars and taverns continue to operate only on a take-away basis
  • Restaurants and other food outlets will continue to operate a take-away service only
  • A maximum of 50 people allowed to attend a funeral
  • Social gatherings such as weddings, kitchen parties, Chilangamulilo, Matebeto, will only be allowed for a maximum of 50 people subject to certification by authorised officers, and may be supervised
  • All conferences, workshops and general meetings are suspended until further notice
  • All public transport users must wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing regulations, either when traveling or at public stations
  • All markets must ensure adherence to public health guidance

Healthcare in Zambia

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Zambia.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Zambia

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. As further information is available about the national vaccination programme, this page will be updated. Sign up to get email notifications.

The Zambian national vaccination programme started in April 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca vaccine. British nationals resident in Zambia are eligible for vaccination.

After being paused in order to focus on second dose administration, the Zambia national vaccination programme resumed first dose vaccines on 9th July.

A list of vaccination sites is available on the Zambian Ministry of Health website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

If you’re a British national living in Zambia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.


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