Zambia Travel info

Credit cards:

  • Most lodges accept Visa and MasterCard for extras.

Currency:

  • The Zambia government has revoked the legislation that required all payments in Zambia to be made in local currency (Kwatcha) . All major currencies are now accepted in Zambia.

  • DO NOT be tempted to EVER change money with people on the street. Rather go to a reputable bureau de change

Health:

  • The Victoria Falls region is a malaria area. We strongly recommend that you consult a doctor and start prophylaxis before your arrival. Cover up with long pants and shirts after dark, sleep under a mosquito net and use mosquito repellant.
    Be aware that a lot of anti malaria medication and pregnancy don’t go together. If you are planning a family please discuss a malaria medication that is suitable, with your doctor.

  • As of end January 2015 a Yellow fever inoculation is no longer required for South Africans travelling to Zambia.

  • Livingstone is serviced by medical facilities. They will be able to attend to you in an emergency and, if required, airlift you to the nearest hospital facility that can treat your condition. Ensure you have medical insurance to cover this eventuality.

  • All visitors are responsible for their own travel and medical insurance. Please insure fully for emergency evacuation, medical, curtailment and repatriation.

  •  Ebola: We must stress that there is NO EBOLA in the vast Southern Africa region which includes the popular safari destinations of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia. With the growing uncertainty of travel to Africa, following the outbreak of Ebola, many service providers have decided to temporarily amend their Terms and Conditions with regards to the cancellation policy to allow cancellation of travel if Ebola emerges in the country you are travelling to in the hope that this will encourage visitors to continue with their bookings. Please note that all travellers are still required to have full and comprehensive Travel Insurance cover.

  • If you are planning on incorporating a stay in Botswana or Zambia into your holiday please note - any tourists who have been to an Ebola infected area (Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia) in the past 30 days will be denied entry into Botswana and Zambia

How to get there:

  • There are currently three airlines which service the Johannesburg to Livingstone route (BA-Comair and SAA) so on any given day there are at least two flights - more during peak seasons.

  • BA and SAA airlines have frequent flyer programs such as SAA’s Voyager Miles which can redeemed for flights to Livingstone. You currently require 20,000 Voyage Miles on Mileage Keeper to fly to Livingstone in economy class. This is subject to change. To be sure visit www.flysaa.com

  • BA flies twice a week from London to Lusaka.

  • Proflight has regular flights from Lusaka to Livingstone.

Checked in luggage:

  • There are new regulations for checked in luggage which vary according to ticket class and loyalty membership programs. The following would work as a rule of thumb:

    Checked in bag dimensions should be no larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43 cm

    Weight of checked in luggage: 20 kgs

    Sports and music equipment forms part of your luggage allowance - so as long as the equipment fits into your bag there is no extra charge.

    One hand luggage of no more than 7 kgs or exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23 cm is allowed.

Self drive:

  • The Beit Bridge border post continues to be a thorn in the side of self drive guests. If you are going in high peak times (Christmas , Easter etc) we recommend self drive visitors from South Africa drive via Botswana and avoid the chaos at Beit Bridge border post. There is talk of a complete overhaul but until then spare yourself the irritation.

  • The road via Nata to Kasane is tarred all the way. Cross over into Zambia at Kasane using the quaint but time consuming ferry. You will require your vehicle ownership papers (or a certified copy) and a police clearance certificate of your vehicle.

  • We recommend you contact your nearest AA (Automobile Association) for the up to date requirements.

Border post times:

  • Botswana- Zambia : 06h00 – 18h00. Zambia – Zimbabwe: 06h00 – 22h00.

  • There are regular coaches from Lusaka to Livingstone. Buses leave from Shoprite in Cairo Rd (Lusaka) early in the morning - and again at noon. Book early at the station.

Travelling with kids:

  • Under the new regulations, parents travelling to & from SA with children under the age of 18 are required to produce an unabridged birth certificate for each child. In the case where only one parent is travelling with the child(ren), consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered is required. Alternatively, either a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or a death certificate of the other parent must be produced.From 1 June 2015, airlines will be forced to refuse travel to families not in possession of these document

  • Effective from the 1st October 2016, minors travelling through Botswana’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent's affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate. To summarise the above, should families be travelling with children below the age of 18 as of 1 October 2016  they will require the following: 

    • Valid Passports
    • Certified unabridged birth certificates for all minors below the age of 18
    • A letter of consent from the other parent should the minor be travelling with one parent

Passports:

  • All visitors require valid passports to enter Zambia.

  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months and have at least 2 blank pages.

Visas:

  • Below is the latest Zambian visa information at our disposal as supplied by Zambian Tourism. (Visas amended December 2008)

  • Costs:
    $50 for all passport holders - single entry
    $80 for all passport holders - double /multiple entry
    $20 for day trips

  • All nationalities that previously did not require a visa (such as South Africans, Botswana, Irish) still do not require a visa to enter Zambia. See this link for passports who do NOT require a visa to enter Zambia -

  • The $20 for day trips covers clients that may be staying in Zimbabwe or Botswana and want to come across the border just for the day to see the Zambian side of the Falls or do an activity.

  • For further information regarding visas go to - http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel/traveladvice/visa-immigration-info.htm

  • See this link for passports requiring a visa prior to arrival in Zambia

  • We have also been advised that guests requiring a visa may now pay for it by credit card using the following major credit cards

    * VISA

    * MasterCard

    * Maestro and

    * American Express

  • Guests should note however that if there are any network issues affecting credit card transactions they will be will be permitted to go to the nearest ATM and draw the required cash in local currency

  • Kaza Uni-Visa is reinstated as of 21st of December 2016. (with more countries to follow) to allow fee movement between these countries for certain passport holders. This means that guests planning on extended safari itinerary that will take in the countries involved with the Univisa will only have to pay one fee. (on implementation the cost was $50 pp) The Univisa is valid for 30 days. Follow this link for more information on the Kaza Visa

Visa costs and information are subject to change. We urge guests to visit the links above to check info before arrival.

 
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