Zambia Visa for US Citizens

Zambia visa for US citizens

Are you a US citizen planning to visit the safari hotspot of Zambia? Before you start booking your tour or buying tickets for the world-famous Victoria Falls, you need to be clear on the visa requirements for entering this country.

This article tells you everything you should know to help you get your travel documents in order. We share with you all the must-know information about the Visa on Arrival and the eVisa. This includes eligibility criteria, details of how to make your application, the costs applicable and more. 

Have a read through this so you can spend less time worrying about paperwork and more researching which natural wonders to visit!

We will also answer some other important questions that Americans planning to travel to one of Africa’s most beautiful countries often have.

Zambia Visa on Arrival for US Citizens Requirements

A Visa on Arrival can be obtained by United States citizens when landing at a Zambian airport, such as Kenneth Kaunda International, or at a land border.

Travellers must meet the following requirements:

  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months and you should have at least 3 blank pages per entry left in your passport.
  • As well as a valid passport, you will also need to present a return ticket showing when you intend to depart.
  • If you are a US citizen entering Zambia from a yellow fever endemic country, then you will need to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

There is also a charge to process your Visa on Arrival. At Kenneth Kaunda you can make the payment via debit or credit card; however, at other points of entry, it must be paid in cash in US dollars.

Prefer to organise your paperwork in advance of your departure? You can arrange this easily with Byevisa. 

We detail the criteria and application process for this below.

Other eVisa Requirements for US Citizens Visiting Zambia

For those who prefer to have their paperwork sorted well in advance of their trip, the eVisa for Zambia for US citizens is a great option.

To apply for an Electronic Visa, you will need to have a valid passport as specified above and a yellow fever certificate (where relevant). A full list of countries requiring a certificate can be found on the World Health Organisation’s website. If you are flying from the US, you don’t require this. 

You must buy your return ticket before you apply so you can submit this as a supporting document as part of your application. 

Please note, you can only enter the country with an e-Visa if you are travelling through one of these airports:

  • Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport – Livingstone.
  • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport – Lusaka.
  • Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport – Ndola.

Below you can find more details of all the information you need to make your application.

Making an Application for a Zambia eVisa for US Citizens

Applying for your travel authorisation for your African adventure is easy with Byevisa. 

You first need to enter some basic personal details into our online form as well as some simple information about your travel itinerary. Have your entry and departure dates and the address of your accommodation to hand. 

You also need to submit the supporting documents listed below:

  • A scanned copy of your passport information page.
  • A digital passport-quality photo.
  • A plane ticket confirming your dates of travel.
  • A cover letter to the Director General of Immigration explaining the purpose of your visit.

If you are travelling for business, you also require an invitation letter from the company you’re collaborating with and its business registration details. 

Once you have completed the digital application form and uploaded all the required supporting documentation, you are ready to pay for your application. 

The fee can be paid using your debit or credit card or a PayPal account. The amount payable will vary depending on whether you are applying for a Single or Multiple Entry Visa. Below you can see a breakdown of the specific charges.

Cost of Single Entry Visa to Zambia for US Citizens

The government charge for a Single Entry Visa for American citizens is 52 USD. If you choose to reduce your time spent on paperwork by applying for an eVisa with Byevisa, you will also need to pay the relevant processing fees. You can then quickly show your electronic travel authorisation to immigration officials on your phone when you land.

Detailed Information About the Zambia Visa Fees for US Citizens

There are several different types of travel authorisation that Americans can apply for to visit this country. Prices vary depending on which one you opt for. 

As mentioned above, the government charge for a Single Entry Visa is 52 USD. A Double Entry pass is 82 USD and a Multiple Entry is 152 USD. 

Something to bear in mind when deciding which one to go for is that due to a reciprocal agreement between Zambia and the US, the Multiple Entry pass is valid for up to 3 years. If you can see yourself wanting to return to this beautifully rugged terrain, then this pass could be suitable for you. 

You will also be charged a handling fee to Byevisa for relieving you of the bureaucracy. How much you pay for this depends on how quickly you require your document. We offer 3 handy options: 

  1. Standard processing costs 25 USD. You’ll receive your eVisa to your email inbox in 3 business days.
  2. Rapid service costs 65 USD. Your authorisation will be with you in 2 business days.
  3. Highly Rapid service costs 85 USD. You’ll have your eVisa ready to print or show on your phone in 1 business day.

Organising a last-minute vacation? Select Highly Rapid when you apply and receive your authorisation in just 1 business day so you’re ready for your safari adventure.

Is There a Zambia Embassy in the US?

 If you want to go in person to apply for your travel authorisation, there is a Zambia consulate located in Washington D.C. Live elsewhere in the US? Don’t worry, you can apply online following the process above.

For any questions, here are the contact details for the Zambian consulate:

  • Email: embzambia@aol.com
  • Location: 2419 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC 20008, United States
  • Phone Number: (202) 234-4009
  • Alternate: (202) 234-4111
  • Fax: (202) 332-0826

The embassy opening times are Monday to Thursday from 9 am – 5 pm and Friday, 9 am – 2 pm. Please note, this excludes embassy holidays. 

Visa hours are specifically from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. Monday to Wednesday excluding Zambian and American public holidays. If you are a US citizen travelling to Zambia from another country, you can find out where the nearest embassy to you is here.

FAQs for Americans Planning to Visit Zambia

Now that you understand more about the requirements for visiting this country and how to apply for your travel authorisation, you may be looking for answers to some other questions. Check out some of the most frequently asked ones below.

Can All US Citizens Travel to Zambia?

Yes, providing you have a valid passport and you either secure your visa in advance of your trip or pay for it on arrival then you should be able to travel here.

Is It Safe for US Citizens to Travel to Zambia?

In general, it is a safe place to visit as a tourist particularly if going on an organised safari. There are occasional demonstrations and protests, but these are mainly in urban areas.

What Do I Need to Know Before Travelling to Zambia?

Taking anti-malaria pills is strongly recommended for travellers as you may come in contact with animals. Consult your primary physician or local pharmacist for details. 

It is useful to jot down the details of the American embassy in the country you’re visiting in case of an emergency.

Where Is the US Embassy in Zambia?

Here is the address for American citizens who require assistance during their stay:

U.S. Embassy Lusaka
Eastern end of Kabulonga Road
Ibex Hill
P.O. Box 320065
Lusaka, Zambia

Phone: +260 (0) 211-357-000

More Information About Travelling to Zambia

Ready to explore the diverse wildlife of Zambia? For further instructions and to access the electronic application form, please visit the main Zambia visa page here.