Essential Info

VISA Requirements

For nationalities required to have a visa to enter Zambia, please check carefully the current visa entry requirements as these can change from time to time.

Up-to-date information on entry requirements can be found by checking with your local embassy or on the Zambian Government immigration homepage.

For visa on arrival, (where this is applicable) please note that you can only pay in cash in US$ or local currency equivalent and not by debit/credit card or cheque. At the time of writing, the visa fee on arrival is US $50.

If you require a letter of invitation for visa purposes please email EAMEFutureFarm@agcocorp.com with the following information. It may take up to five working days to prepare a letter of invitation for you so please leave sufficient time to make your application.

  • Full name
  • Company/Organization name
  • Passport number
  • Passport valid from date
  • Passport expire date

  • Nationality
  • Country of residency
  • Planned date of arrival in Zambia
  • Planned date of departure from Zambia

Health Requirements

Take appropriate precautions to protect yourself from contracting malaria while travelling in Zambia as malaria is virulent in parts of the country at certain times of year. If you need to take malaria medication, your chemist or doctor can advise you of the most suitable drug for the territory. Zambia was declared a yellow fever free zone by the World Health Organisation recently but you may still be required to have a yellow fever certificate if you are travelling from an infected area. Please check the current status before departing for Zambia as this can change from time to time.

Local Transportation


1. Car Hire:

There are a number of car hire companies located at the Zambia airport. You may wish to hire a car during your visit. Traffic in and around Lusaka can be chaotic at the beginning and end of a working day, and accidents are not infrequent. Speed limits on the roads around the city are strictly enforced, with an on-the-spot fine for infringements. The limit of 65km/h on the Great East Road toward the airport is something of a black spot in this respect.

Please contact one of the hire companies below in order to get up-to-date information on local driving regulations and requirements for overseas visitors.

2. Hotel Transfers:

Note that most hotels run an airport collection/drop-off service between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and Lusaka hotels. For current information and prices, please contact your local hotel.

3. Taxis:

The quality of taxis can be variable throughout the city. Licensed taxis are light blue and white in colour, and will have a large number painted on their side, but even these will have no fare meter. When taking a taxi, you should agree a rate for the journey before you get into the vehicle.

Hotels

We have organized a number of discounted rates for hotels which are on the side of the city closest to the Zambia Future Farm linked to the Grand Opening event.

Please find information below in order to make your bookings and quote ‘AGCO Zambia Future farm’

Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower

Arcades Shopping and Entertainment Complex, Lusaka, Zambia

Phone + 260 211 375 800

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka

19029 Great East Road, 10101, Lusaka, Zambia

Phone + 260 211 368 900

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Time

Zambia is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern USA time and ten hours ahead of Western USA time.

Climate

In Zambia, May marks the end of summer. Temperatures are relatively cool, typically 12°C/52°F in the morning and 25°C/77°F in the afternoon. The night time temperatures start to drop. There is a small chance of rain.

Clothing

Given the temperatures in May, lightweight casual clothes can be worn during the day with a warmer jacket/jumper in the cool evenings. The launch event will take place on a working farm, therefore please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. This would include light shorts or trousers, sturdy lace up footwear (shoes or boots) and lightweight t-shirt or shirt. A sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent are a must all year round.

Currency

It’s best to come into the country with dollars, euro or pounds which can be exchanged at any of the many Bureau de Change in town.  The Zambian currency is the Kwacha and it fluctuates quite regularly. The most used denominations are K10, K20, K50 and K100 notes.

Credit Cards

Most banks have ATMs which accept MasterCard and Visa for cash. Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will take credit cards.

Banks

Operational hours are 08:15 to 22:00 hours Mondays through Fridays, 08:15 to 18:00 hours on Saturdays and 11:00 to 18:00 hours on Sundays.

Languages

The official language of Zambia is English, which is used to conduct official business and in the media. Most Zambians speak it fairly well. There are over 73 dialects spoken in Zambia.

Communications

Zambia has three mobile service providers: Airtel, MTN and Zamtel. Airtel and MTN have a number of roaming partners around the world, hence chances are high for visitors to Zambia to remain connected though the roaming charges are quite high.

Electrical Outlets, Plugs and Voltage

The Local current is 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts). The Primary Socket Types used are Euro, British and Indian. British sockets are widely used.