Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Zambia on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are no direct flights between Zambia and the UK. Check FCDO travel advice for the latest guidance on transiting through third countries.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Zambia.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Zambia
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 following public health measures are in place (known as the “Five Golden Rules”):
- wear a mask correctly in all public places including on public transport
- wash hands frequently with soap and water or use of alcohol based hand sanitiser
- maintain a physical distance of 1 metre or more
- avoid crowded places
- seek medical attention early if unwell
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, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines. British nationals resident in Zambia are eligible for vaccination.
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.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.