12Aug/13

Country information for Zambia!

Vaccinations for Zambia:

Compulsory: Travellers from South Africa travelling to Zambia and travellers travelling from Zambia to South Africa will now require proof of yellow fever vaccination. All in-transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the time period in transit, will also require proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Recommended: Hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus and typhoid

Security in Zambia ;

Exercise standard safety measures against crime, particularly in busy places. Be alert and keep valuables safe and hidden. Beware of drugging of drinks. Watch out for ATM and credit card fraud and other scams. In Lusaka you should use reputable banks and bureaux de change to exchange money or use ATMs, as counterfeit US$100 and Zambian Kwacha 50,000 notes are in circulation. Do not change large sums of money in busy public areas. Walking after dark can be dangerous. There have been incidents of armed robberies and vehicle hijackings. Be particularly careful when approaching locked gateways at night. Stay alert and do not stop to give lifts to people flagging you down at the roadside. Exercise caution where objects appear to have been placed to block the road. Keep windows closed and doors locked. Keep copies of passports and immigration permits in a separate place to the documents themselves.

Taxes in Zambia

Departure taxes are generally included in the air ticket. Airport departure tax for international: USD25 or equivalent in Zambian Kwacha (ZMK90,000); for domestic flights: USD8 or ZMK28,000. Children under 2 years of age and passengers not leaving the airport are exempt.

Currency in Zambia

1 Kwacha (ZMW) = 100 ngwee. Latest Exchange Rate: ZMW1 = ZAR1.8088 (05 Aug 2013 00:00). Exchange currency at authorised banks and bureaux de change only, and keep all exchange receipts. If taking USD to exchange, be aware that notes issued before 1990 will not be accepted by banks or bureaux de change. Do not exchange money on the street. Beware of counterfeit USD100 and ZMK50,000 notes. MasterCard and Visa can be used in hotels, major shops, restaurants and travel agencies. There are ATMs in the major cities but they may only accept Visa. Check with your bank whether your card will be accepted. Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change. If buying plane tickets in the country, you will need to show your currency declaration form and exchange receipts. Travellers with cash passports are advised to check with their cash passport issuer whether or not they will be accepted in Zambia.

Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 08:30-14:30. Banks may be open on some Sat mornings.

Note: On 1 January 2013, the Zambia government re-based the Zambian currency. The old currency code was ZMK. One new kwacha (ZMW) is equivalent to 1000 old kwacha (ZMK). The old banknotes cannot used as currency after 1 July 2014, but can be exchanged for new kwacha at the Bank of Zambia until 31 December 2015.
Payments within Zambia can be made in kwachas only, by law, even if the price is quoted in USD; foreign currency will not be accepted once you have cleared immigration at the airport.



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