Zambia

Capital Lusaka

Population 15,933,883

Area 752,612 km2

Key facts

Zambia is a country located in Eastern Africa. There are 8 countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe) that Zambia shares its borders with.

English is an official language in Zambia. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to Zambia.

The national currency in Zambia is Zambian kwacha (ZMW). The kwacha (ZMK) is subdivided into 100 ngwee.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 15.31 ZMW and 1 USD is worth 15.78 ZMW.

Zambian
Banknotes

2 kwacha5 kwacha10 kwacha20 kwacha50 kwacha100 kwacha

Zambian
Coins

5 ngwee10 ngwee50 ngwee1 kwacha

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Zambia is 14.97 Mbps and mobile is 19.6 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Zambia.10.03 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Zambia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 3 socket types used in Zambia. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type D 230 V, 50 Hz  Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Zambia?

There are no Mariott hotels in Zambia.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Zambia.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Zambia.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Zambia.

There are Radisson hotels in Lusaka.

There are no Accor hotels in Zambia.

What fast food chains are present in Zambia?

If you are not a fan of trying new dishes, have a look at the following list of fast-food chains in Zambia.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Zambia.

The KFC chain operates in Zambia.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Zambia.

The Subway chain does not operate in Zambia.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Zambia.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Zambia.

Weather

Today the sun in Lusaka, rises at 5:49 AM and sets at 6:04 PM. The climate of Lusaka may be categorized as a Humid subtropical (Cwa), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29Partly cloudlyLow: 18.4°C (65.12°F)High: 28.5°C (83.3°F)
FridaySep 30OvercastLow: 17.4°C (63.32°F)High: 29.7°C (85.46°F)
SaturdayOct 1OvercastLow: 18.7°C (65.66°F)High: 31.6°C (88.88°F)
SundayOct 2Partly cloudlyLow: 19.5°C (67.1°F)High: 32.3°C (90.14°F)
MondayOct 3Partly cloudlyLow: 19.3°C (66.74°F)High: 32.5°C (90.5°F)
TuesdayOct 4Partly cloudlyLow: 20.6°C (69.08°F)High: 33.9°C (93.02°F)

Weather data for Lusaka (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is not available in Zambia. Bolt is available only in one city: Lusaka.

Car Rental Avis is available, but Sixt , Hertz are not present in Zambia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.0, Zambia is placed 60th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Zambia traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 20.50 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Zambia

999 Police
999 Ambulance
999 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is prohibited, but medical use is legal.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Zambia?

Currently, citizens of 136 countries can enter Zambia without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Zambia.

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