Are you heading to Zambia soon on a safari holiday with us? Please note there has been a change to the currency regulation that will impact upon your trip. Read all about it here.
IMPORTANT ZAMBIA TRAVEL ADVICE
The Zambian Government has altered their currency regulations (Statutory Instrument Number 22 – the Bank of Zambia Regulations 2012). This means that when you travel in Zambia, you will need to travel with local currency now instead of the previously used US$.
Please also note the Kwacha is not available from foreign currency exchanges outside Zambia. So you will have to get it on your arrival into the country. Livingstone, Lusaka and Mfuwe airports all have banks and ATM machines that issue kwacha.
Your visa on arrival is still payable in US$ and this applies to all ports of entry. You need to pay domestic airport tax locally and that will be in Zambian Kwacha only now instead of US$.
Most safari lodges or camps will carry a small float in order to change dollars into kwacha as the last thing they want is for our guests to be inconvenienced.
Please note this advice is subject to change without notice as the Government is having ongoing meetings with the tourism sector.
Other points to note
- Tipping can be done in local currency or US$
- Do not take out too much local currency as it may prove difficult to exchange back into Australian $ or US $ after your safari
- Most safari camps and lodges accept credit cards
- Advise your bank that you are travelling to Africa and list the countries you are visiting and the dates of travel.