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Zambia has been removed from the list of countries to which an “emergency brake” mechanism has been applied. This means that you will not be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival if you meet the following requirements:

  • If you have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
  • If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:
    • present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
    • self-quarantine
    • undergo post-arrival testing - this will be provided through the HSE

For the purposes of travel, you are considered vaccinated if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency with recommended number of days after the final dose, as below. Currently mixed doses and one dose plus recovery are not recognised as a vaccinated person.  

Full course of any one of the following vaccines:

Regarded as fully vaccinated after:

Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine : BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)

7 days after 2nd dose

Moderna Vaccine CX-024414 (Moderna®)

14 days after 2nd dose

Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)

15 days after 2nd dose

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)

14 days after single dose

 All passengers regardless of their point of origin are required to submit an online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form (ePLF) for their journey and should be advised to follow all public health guidance on arrival in Ireland. Since 12 July, paper versions of the COVID-19 passenger locator forms are no longer accepted and it is an offence to travel to the State without having completed the online form

All those traveling are advised to check with their airline about the specific requirements of the airline and any airports through which they are transiting.


ALL new arrivals in Zambia (including returning residents) will be asked for proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated less than 72 hours prior to arrival. Children under five years of age are exempt and will not need to produce a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. Passengers may also be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and subject to a temperature check. 

All passengers from countries that are deemed to be at high risk of COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health may be subjected to additional COVID-19 testing on arrival in Zambia. Those passengers will also be required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. 

Currently countries deemed high risk include Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Netherlands, Belgium, India, Peru, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Spain and Tunisia. The requirement also applies to passengers who have transited through those countries.

Those wishing to travel to Zambia are encouraged to contact the Embassy for the latest travel advice as the list is subject to frequent change.

We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you follow us on Twitter.

We recommend that you treat information shared on social media with caution. For general please check the World Health Organisation website. For Zambia specific updates, please check with the Ministry of Health Facebook page.

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