Zambia Visa: Government launches e-Visa

The Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Home Affairs (Department of Immigration) launched the e-Visa facility on 14 October 2015. The e-Visa facility is open to all foreign nationals who require a Zambia Visa for any Zambia Safari. It can be obtained online in an easy two-step process.

An e-Visa is an alternative to the conventional Zambia Visa issued by the Department of Immigration in Zambia (through Headquarters, Ports of Entry and Zambia Missions) permitting foreigners who require visas to enter Zambia. Applicants therefore, may obtain their e-Visa approval letter electronically after submitting required information. Payment is made by Cash and Credit or Debit Card (Master or Visa) at the point of entry.

To apply for the e-Visa, enter the e-Visa website and fill in all required details. The link to download your e-Visa is given on the final step where you will be informed that your application has been completed successfully. In addition, the same link to download your e-Visa will be emailed to you. Immigration Officers at Ports of Entry can verify your e-Visa on their system. However, you are advised to download and keep the hard copy of your e-Visa Approval Letter.

As in the case with other Zambia visa, respective Zambian Officials at the Port of Entry reserve the right to deny entry into Zambia to a holder of an e-Visa Approval Letter without any explanation.

Processing times

For nationals that may obtain visas at ports of entry, the e-Visa will take 3 working days to process and for nationals that require visas prior to travel to Zambia processing time will take a minimum of 5 working days.

Requirements for e-Visa application

You need to have a travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Zambia. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements. You will be informed of these requirements after you select your country of travel document and travel dates.

Date of entry

You don’t need to enter Zambia on the exact date specified in your application. The validity period of your e-Visa begins from the date specified in your application. You can enter Zambia on any date within this period.

Change of travel dates

If your travel dates change, you have to obtain another e-Visa and are not able to amend your current visa.

For more detailed information check the website of Zambia Department of Immigration.


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