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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Release/Statement

Headline: Zambia

  • Reviewed: 21 July 2016, 14:50 NZST
  • Still current at: 18 July 2017

There is high risk to your security in the border areas with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Mozambique due to the presence of landmines. The local authorities can provide advice on affected areas. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Zambia due to violent crime and we advise caution.




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Violent crime, including armed robberies, home invasions, carjackings and sexual assualt occurs throughout Zambia, particularly in Lusaka and other major cities. Violent robberies, sometimes resulting in fatalities, have occurred along the Cairo, Chachacha, Freedom Way and Lumumba Roads of Lusaka. Petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching is also a common occurrence.

New Zealanders in Zambia should exercise a high level of personal security awareness at all times, especially in public places such as bus and railway stations, and areas frequented by foreigners. Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended. When travelling by car, it is advisable to keep doors locked and windows up at all times. 

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations occur from time to time in Zambia and have on occasion led to violence, with clashes between protestors and security forces. There is an increased risk of civil unrest in the lead up to the presidential and national elections, scheduled for 11 August 2016. New Zealanders in Zambia are advised to avoid any demonstrations, political rallies and large public gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Zambia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Zambia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa is accredited to Zambia

Street Address 125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa Postal Address Private Bag X27, Brooklyn Square 0075, Pretoria, South Africa Telephone +27 12 435 9000 Fax +27 12 435 9002 Email enquiries@nzhc.co.za Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/south-africa Hours Mon – Fri 0800 – 1600hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Lusaka, Zambia

Street Address Office Suite, 2nd floor, Protea Hotel Arcades, Lusaka
Telephone +260 211 252 402/5/6 Fax +260 211 252 441 Email odonnell@uniongold.co.zm

See our regional advice for Africa

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