Want to spend your holiday in Zambia? Are you planning an expatriation project in Zambia? Whatever the reason you choose to go there, consider taking out travel insurance or expatriate health insurance for you and your family. This will avoid possible financial, health, and legal complications in the event of an unannounced accident. We advise you to favour contracts whose guarantees cover repatriation, hospital costs, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses.
- Political regime: Republic
- Capital: Lusaka
- Area: 752,614 sq km
- Population: 9.5 million
- Spoken languages: English
- Currency: Zambian Kwacha
If you are a French national, you need a visa for tourist or business stays of less than three months. You can obtain these visas upon arrival in Zambia (international airports and border crossings).
French Embassy in Lusaka
74 Independence Avenue – P.O. Box 30062
Tel: 260 251 322
Fax: 260 254 475 – 251,329
Zambian Embassy in Paris
63 rue Pierre Charron (5th floor)
Vaccines and safety in Zambia
Vaccines and local diseases
No mandatory vaccine for Zambia, except yellow fever vaccine for travelers from an endemic area.
- For adults, don’t forget vaccines for tetanus, polio, meningitis A and C hepatitis A and B, typhoid and for at-risk groups: tuberculosis and rabies.
- For children, don’t forget vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis A and C, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay), typhoid (long stay for 5-year-old travelers and older).
In Zambia, the following diseases are common: Amibiase, bites of spiders, snakes, fish and scorpions, bilharziosis, dengue, Leishmaniasis, yellow fever ascaris, hepatitis A and B, sexually transmitted diseases, meningitis, polio, malaria, rabies, AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid.
Security in Zambia
Incidents are relatively few but assaults (armed robberies, burglaries, carjackings) can be violent. In general, avoid traveling to the country’s borders. It is important to note that the French Embassy in Zambia has limited capacity to assist the French in the event of a crisis. Thus, the French are invited to ensure that they have the necessary means in the event of a crisis (check the terms of insurance contracts, ensure that they have the financial means to cover possible hospital costs or evacuation, etc.). For more information, please visit the Travel Advice section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Health insurance and repatriation in Zambia
Why take international health insurance when traveling or residing in Zambia? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. Moreover, in Zambia, the health system is still relatively underperforming and the quality of infrastructure is far from ideal. This is why the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident, medical repatriation is sometimes necessary to the nearest medical center (which may be in a neighbouring country) or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.
Mondassur supports you in your choice of international health insurance by helping you compare the different offers on the market. Depending on your profile, we will be able to offer you different travel, international student and expatriate insurance packages.