Living in Zambia

Information for British nationals living in Zambia.


This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Zambia including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. This information supplements the travel advice for Zambia.


Visitors to Zambia are advised to apply for travel/medical insurance ahead of their arrival. Please refer to the list of medical facilities in Zambia. Public hospitals are understaffed and of a relatively poor standard providing basic healthcare.


Generally all foreign students attend private schools and colleges which are quite expensive. Zambian government provides free Primary education; parents pay for the school uniforms and books. Basic fees are charged for secondary education. A list of private schools are attached as an annex.


Please check on the Zambia immigration website for the requirements for a work permit.

Entry and residence requirements

All British nationals require a visa to enter Zambia on a valid British passport. Visas are available at all ports of entry. Please visit the Zambia Immigration website for information on entry and residence requirements.

Funeral directors

Please see attached a list of funeral directors available in Zambia. Funeral Directors in Zambia (PDF, 491KB, 5 pages)


Please see benefits if you are abroad.

Driving Licences and vehicles

Please open Road Transport & Safety Agency website for laws in Zambia. Our Travel Advice also has information of local and road travel. Please see DVLA - Converting UK Driving Licence to Zambian Driving Licence (PDF, 683KB, 2 pages)


Zambia has a number of international, regional and private banks. All have to conform to regulations of the Bank of Zambia. There are ATMs available at shopping centres and various strategic points. International/ local credit and debit cards are acceptable at many restaurants and shops especially in the capital Lusaka and the main tourist centres, and are slowly and steadily now being used as the main form of payment.

Guidance on bringing medication into Zambia

Some over the counter drugs available in the UK are not legal in Zambia. Check ingredients carefully and contact the Government of Zambia’s Pharmaceutical Authority for further advice if you are in any doubt. You can also write to: Director General Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority, Box 31890, Lusaka. Customs officers may ask to see prescriptions for any medication you bring into the country. The possession or use of narcotics, including soft drugs like marijuana, is strictly prohibited.

Drug taking and smuggling are offences

Punishments can be severe and prison conditions are extremely poor. Please check on the Zambia Drug Enforcement Commission website for details of banned substances.


Please find a list of lawyers here. Lawyers in Zambia (PDF, 708KB, 10 pages)

Prisoner Information

Please find more information in regards to prisons in Zambia. Prisoner Information Pack (PDF, 361KB, 13 pages)

Property and property disputes

Our list of lawyers in Zambia who would be able to assist you when buying a property or if you have a property dispute.

Social ethics and traditions

Please see Zambia Travel Advice on local laws and customs.

Sponsoring family members

Please approach the Zambia Immigration Authorities direct for sponsoring family members to visit and/or live in Zambia.

Returning to the UK

See UK Border Agency website.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the High Commission by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British High Commission will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 14 May 2018