Zambia destination information

All you need to know before visiting Zambia

Zambia summary

Zambia is a big country with around 16M Zambian. Official language is English. Zambia uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+02:00. Currency used in Zambia is Zambian Kwacha (ZMW).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 43
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 148

ATMs in Zambia are Rare. Internet speed in Zambia is on average 1.4 Mbps.

🏙️ Lusaka
🗣️ English
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 16M ☀️ ~22 °C 🌧 ~82 mm 👍 Least Developed 🚩 753k km2 (291k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

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

Languages 🗣️

  • English


Currency 💱

1 ZMW = 0.07 USD

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.

ATM 🏧🏦


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.

Tipping 💁🏽

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Zambia uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.

Roaming 🌐

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.

Emergency Calls 🚨

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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 .

international: + 260 21 1234567
calling local: 021 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Zambia is on average 1.4 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Zambia is low. It is not as easy to find one.

SIM Card #️⃣

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.


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Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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