Foreign travel advice

Zambia

Summary

On 5 July 2017, the President of Zambia issued a constitutional declaration relating to a threatened emergency. On 11 July 2017, the Parliament of Zambia endorsed that declaration. The declaration widens the powers of government and the police to preserve public security. Failure to comply with instructions of local authorities can carry heavy penalties.

Parliament’s approval gives legal effect to the declaration for 90 days (until 9 October 2017). There’s no apparent increased threat to British nationals, but you should comply with guidance and instructions given by the local authorities, and avoid any political rallies, demonstrations, or large gatherings.

Anyone caught violating Zambian immigration rules risks arrest, imprisonment and deportation. A number of British nationals have been arrested and charged with immigration offences. See Entry requirements

Take care if you travel in the rural parts of North Western, Copperbelt, Central and Luapula provinces close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) particularly after dark. See Local travel

There is a risk of explosive remnants of war in remote areas near the borders with Angola, Mozambique and DRC. See Local travel

Don’t drive after dark outside the main towns. See Road travel

Around 60,000 British tourists visit Zambia every year.

Terrorist attacks in Zambia can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 00260 211-253161 / 00260 950180007 (police), or 00260 211 228265 (fire). For ambulance services, staff at the British High Commission use SES (private ambulance service - 00260 962 740300 / 740302), but you can also check with your insurance provider on further recommendations.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.