Entry and Exit
Singaporeans can stay up to 90 days in Zambia without a visa. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest High Commission of Zambia for up-to-date information. There should be at least six months' validity on your passport on the expected date of departure from Zambia.
Safety and Security
If you hav been to a region with yellow fever, your will be asked to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Zambia. You may wish to consult Tan Tock Seng Traveller's Clinic for vaccinations and medical advice needed for travel to Zambia.
Travellers are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in Zambia due to the high levels of crime. Take precautions and avoid driving off main roads in the area bordering Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Zimbabwe due to possible landmines, unexploded ordinance, and unstable security situation.
Petty crime is common, especially in transport hubs and crowded areas. Violent crimes, including armed mugging and sexual assault, do occur, especially after dark. Be alert and take measures to protect your personal security.
Do not leave food or drinks unattended or accept food or drinks from strangers or casual acquaintances. This could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery as the use of date rape drugs has been reported at bars and restaurants.
Avoid protests and demonstrations which occur regularly and can turn violent. If there is evidence of unrest, head to a safe place immediately.
It is illegal to take photographs of military establishments in Zambia. Avoid taking photographs of sensitive sites including power stations, explosives factories, pumping stations, mining areas and airports.
Customs officers may ask to see prescriptions for any medication you bring into the country. Some medicines that may not require a prescription in Singapore may be controlled or illegal in Zambia. Bring medication in its original packaging, with the prescription.
It is a requirement to carry your passport at all times.
Mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, are prevalent in certain areas. See your doctor for advice on appropriate vaccinations before you travel. Take precautions against insect bites.
During the rainy season, infrastructure may be affected and accessibility in the region may be disrupted. Monitor the local media and weather forecasts, and adhere to the instructions of local authorities. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.