Zambia is a country rich in tourism resources, with rugged terrain and rich biodiversity, as well as numerous parks and safari sites. The world-famous Victoria Falls are on the country's border with Zimbabwe. The Zambian government has promised a cut in tourist visa charges beginning in January 2022. The bold and innovative measure is expected to boost tourist numbers and aid the tourism industry's recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on Zambia's travel and tourist business, which has shown signs of robust expansion in recent years. The industry produced 7% of GDP and 7.2 percent of total employment prior to the pandemic in 2019.
"Zambia remains a popular tourist destination," said Dr. Musokotwane, Minister of Finance and National Planning. "To strengthen our competitiveness, I propose a 50% reduction in visa fees for all categories."
These changes will mean that a single-entry visa to Zambia will be reduced in cost to just US $25, a multiple-entry visa to US $75, and a double-entry visa to US $40. To enter Zambia, visitors need a passport that is valid for at least six months upon arrival and has at least three blank pages and a visa.
Zambian entry visas are available either online through the Department of Immigration's e-Services website or at any port of entry. For the most up-to-date visa information, go to the Department of Immigration's website. It is worth noting that multiple-entry visas are only available via the online e-visa system. All those who ordinarily require visas to come to Zambia are eligible to apply for e-visas prior to travel if they so wish.