COVID-19

COVID-19 Protocols & Entry Requirements

International Travel Status

Open - Zambia reopened its borders to International guests on 1 September 2020.

Access into Zambia

Entry into the country is through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone.

Land Borders are open. 

 

Entry Requirements

  • On arrival guests need to present a valid fully vaccinated certificate with a QR code or stamp. (Fully vaccinated means you have taken both doses of a double-dose vaccine or a single-dose vaccine).

  • Guests that are partially or not vaccinated need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate in English, obtained within 72 hours from time of arrival in Zambia (no electronic copies will be accepted).

  • Children under 12 years are exempt from producing a vaccination certificate and  / or a negative PCR Test.

  • Guest Health Questionnaires will be provided to all airlines entering Zambia. These will be provided on-board for guests to complete before handing to a health official on arrival at the airport.
  • Guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival. 
  • Guest need to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures that include wearing masks and practicing social distancing of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet).
  • Please note: Guests will need to use the Trusted Travel / Global Haven platforms to authenticate their negative PCR test. It is expected that the Zambian authorities will make it a requirement for travel to and from Zambia. Currently this is not being enforced but could be at any time. When a PCR test conducted for entry or exit:
    • Has been conducted by a non-trusted Partner: Once a PCR test has been conducted, create a Global Haven account at https://globalhaven.org/travel-guide/ and upload the negative PCR Test certificate at www.globalhaven.org for authentication. If you encounter any challenges with the Global Haven systems you can contact globalhaven@panabios.org. (this option will in most cases be used to enter Zambia)
    • Has been conducted by a Trusted Travel Partner: Once a PCR test has been conducted, the laboratory will generate a Trusted Travel test (TT) code. You will then receive a text message from PanaBios and an email from the testing laboratory with a link that will allow you to create an account at https://trustedtravel.panabios.org and access the Trusted Travel Test Code (TT). Please ensure when creating an account to access the results that you use the same email address and phone number given to the laboratory. If the test results issued satisfy the full requirements set by Zambia and the country of destination a Travel Code (TC) will be issued online for presentation to airlines and Port Health Authorities. (this option will in most cases be used to exit Zambia)

COVID-19 Testing

PLEASE NOTE:

THE BELOW INFORMATION PERTAINS TO GUESTS TRAVELING WITH ABERCROMBIE & KENT – SOUTHERN AFRICA.  WE ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO OFFER ANY CONSULTATION OR GIVE ADVICE TO EXTERNAL PARTIES REGARDING COVID-19 TESTING WITHOUT HAVING BEEN PART OF THE BOOKING PROCESS.  

  • Livingstone Airport
    We can arrange PCR testing for guests arriving from high-risk countries that require additional testing on arrival or for testing required for onward travel arrangements. There are currently two testing options at Livingstone Airport:
     - Ministry of Health: Approximate cost of the test is US$55 per person Test results will be ready in 24 to 48 hours. Guests will also need to book a collection service for test results, and we will then collect and deliver the results when they become available. The cost of this collection service will vary depending on where the guests are staying.
     - ProfMed: (Private laboratory) Approximate cost of the test is US$120 per person payable in cash directly to the facility. Test results will be ready and delivered to the guests' accommodation (properties within city limits) in less than 24 hours. We recommend guests use the Private laboratory facilities to get their results in the shortest possible time. This service must be pre-booked. Guests staying at properties outside of Livingstone city limits will also need to book a collection service of the results and we will then collect and deliver the results when they become available. 
  • Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
    We can arrange for a qualified practitioner from the Mediproof Private Hospital in Livingstone to visit the lodge. The service is available Monday to Sunday 08:00 to 17:00 and is subject to availability. Test results are available within 24 and we will arrange for the test results to be collected and delivered to the lodge. Approximate cost: $100 and is payable at the lodge on check-out. Payment: Cash and credit cards are accepted.
  • Livingstone
    There are PCR testing facilities available at the Livingstone Teaching Central Hospital. We can make an appointment and arrange transfers to and from the hospital. The service is available Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00 and weekend mornings and subject to availability. Test results are available within 48 hours and we will arrange for the test results to be collected and delivered to their hotel, lodge or camp. Approximate cost: $260 per person (including transfer to and from the hospital) and is payable on the ground. Payment: Cash.
  • Lusaka
    There are PCR testing facilities available at a Private Clinic in Lusaka. We can arrange transfers to and from the clinic. The service is available Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 11:45. Test results are available within 24 hours and guests will have to overnight in Lusaka while waiting for the results which will be handed over at the airport or made available through the Clinic’s online portal.
    Approximate cost: $250 per person (including transfer to and from the clinic) and is payable on the ground or at selected lodges and camps on check-out. Payment: Debit Cards and Credit cards are accepted.

  • South Luangwa Lodges
    PCR testing is available at selected lodges and will be administered by a qualified practitioner. The swab is then flown to Lusaka for testing. The service is available Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 11:45. Test results are available within 24 hours and we will arrange to collect the test results and hand them over at the airport prior to guest's departure flight. Approximate cost: US$520 per person and is payable at the lodge on check-out. Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

  • Lower Zambezi Lodges 
    PCR testing is available at selected lodges and will be administered by a qualified practitioner. The swab is then flown to Lusaka for testing. The service is available Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 11:45. Test results are available within 24 hours and we will arrange to collect the test results and hand them over at the airport prior to guest's departure flight. Approximate cost: US$520 per person and is payable at the lodge on check-out. Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

We are merely acting as a facilitator in order to assist Guests who require a COVID-19 test. Guests are solely liable for settling all COVID-19 related fees and costs which are paid for on the ground at the time of testing. All testing is carried out by third parties with no association or affiliation to us and we are not liable or responsible for any issues, delays or problems encountered during the testing process or the performance or non-performance of the testing facilities.

Please note: The above information has been researched with the utmost care. However, we can provide no guarantee of accuracy and the information and detail change regularly. Please always check travel restrictions both in your home country and the destination you are travelling to before you book and before travel.

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