Zambia Visa Types

Zambia is a stunning country with a variety of visa options. They can be divided into categories based on the number of entries (single, double, or multiple-entry), the method of obtaining (online, at an embassy/consulate, or upon arrival), or the reason for the visit (tourist, transit, business, visitor, etc.) Choose the best solution for you regarding Zambia visas, then take pleasure in your stay.

Zambia e-Visa

An electronic Zambia visa allows you to stay in the country for tourism, business, or transit. It could be treated as a single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa and is valid for 90 days.

You can receive your e-Visa via email in PDF form to enter Zambia. However, you must have a valid passport and a printed copy of your online visa with you when you arrive at a port of entry.

Additionally, all applicants need to provide a copy of the bio-data page of their passport, a photo of the face, a return ticket, and a cover letter (to the Immigration Office's Chief Director).

Single-entry Visa

A Single-entry visa for Zambia can be used to enter the country only once. It is valid for up to 90 days from the issue date and can be obtained via electronic methods. You can't exit and re-enter Zambia with this Zambia visa type.

Double-entry Visa

You can visit Zambia twice during the visa validity (90 days) with a Double-entry Zambian visa. After two exits and entries, you are not allowed to use this visa again.

Multiple-entry Visa

A Multiple-entry Zambia visa is valid for 90 days and within that period you are able to travel to Zambia numerous times. What is more, this visa is valid for up to three years for the U.S. citizens.

Day Tripper Visa

This Zambia visa type is designed for tourists entering Zambia for less than 24 hours. It is issued at the port of entry and accepted at Kazungula Border and the Victoria Falls Border. You need to use the same port to enter and exit the place.


Tourists who would like to visit both countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, or Botswana) multiple times can apply for a KAZA UNIVISA.

Now it is possible to get this visa via online methods. Also, you can do it at Airports (Kenneth Kaunda International Airport or Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport), as well as border controls (Kazungula or Victoria Falls).

Gratis Visa

A Gratis visa is a free-of-charge diplomatic visa available for diplomatic passport holders and those who have a letter of accreditation.

Transit Visa

People who would like to transit in Zambia by land should have a Transit visa when they want to exit the special transit zone. Also, this Zambia visa is valid for up to 7 days.

Zambia Tourist Visa

Tourist visa, as the name suggests, can be used only in the case of tourism, sightseeing, leisure, or entertainment. It is a very popular visa type and you can obtain it online, which is recommended, as a single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry option.

Business Visa

Foreign nationals who would like to visit Zambia for business purposes (like conferences, meetings, dealings, etc.) are required to get a visa for business.

It is advisable to get it via online methods. Also, you need to have an official invitation with details of the business nature and a cover letter to obtain it. Put in mind that some additional documents may be necessary during the visa application process.

Diplomatic Visa

A diplomatic Zambia visa is designed for those who need to visit the country for official missions. An invitation letter and cover letter need to be attached to the visa application for obtaining this document.

Visitor Visa

This Zambia visa can be used for various short-term purposes, such as business, tourism, medical treatment, and so on.

What is more, among the Visitor visa requirements are letters of invitation from the host in Zambia, proof of status, and a photocopy of the NRC.

Visa on Arrival

Foreign nationals from eligible countries can obtain a Visa on Arrival to Zambia. It means that they can get the visa at the port of entry without earlier obtaining this document. It is worth remembering that applicants still need to complete the online visa application form.


The Zambian government offers various visas based on different categories for foreigners — visas for Zambia are also grouped by the purpose of the visit.

Moreover, it is possible to extend the visa twice during the period of stay. You can get a visa extension at the Department of Immigration in Zambia.

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