Zambia international travel guide


Zambia is part of Africa with main city at Lusaka. It's usually 🌤️ 23.13 °C in Zambia with a rainfall of 🌧 198.77 mm. Internet speed in Zambia is on average 1.4 Mbps. Its Least Developed country with a population of 16M people. The main currency is Zambian Kwacha. The languages spoken are English. Automatic teller machines are rare in Zambia. Current travel safety advice is Exercise normal safety precautions. Get other useful information like socket plugs, SIM cards and emergency numbers.
👍 Least Developed   🌤️ ~23.13 °C   🌧 ~198.77 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 16M people


🛡️ Travel safety

Exercise normal safety precautions

We've reviewed our travel advice for Zambia. We haven't changed our level of advice: Exercise normal safety precautions in Zambia overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

issued date: November 8, 2019


🔌 Sockets

Zambia uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type D and Type G.

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are English


💱 Currencies Used

Zambia uses the Zambian kwacha (symbol: ZK), code ZMW.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 kwachas. Kwacha is subdivided into 100 ngwees. Coins come in denominations of 1 kwacha and 50, 10 and 5 ngwees.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are rare in Zambia. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.


📡 Internet

Internet speed in Zambia is on average 1.4 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Zambia is low. It is not as easy to find one.

📱 Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 207.81 ZMW, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Airtel, MTN or Zamtel. Zambia uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Zambia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

📞 Calling

To call Zambia, dial +, then 260 (the country code for Zambia), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Zambia, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 21 .


🆘 Emergency





Fire department


Last updated: February 12, 2020