Zambia

Last updated: 4/20/2017

Zambia is a landlocked country in the middle of southern Africa. The climate is somewhat tropical, but also temperate because of the altitude. The major export of Zambia is copper, and the economic level of the country has varied according to the price of copper on the world market. The best-known natural feature of Zambia is Victoria Falls, located on the border with Zimbabwe. Thank you for stepping up and being a part of Bible translation with MAST.

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Visa:

  • Visa is required to enter Zambia
  • Travel Docs if you choose to use them, can help you with the process http://www.traveldocs.com/. They know all the ins and outs of dealing with this Embassy of Zambia.
  • Current passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
  • Two blank Visa pages in your passport.
  • Please send 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.( Must sign on Reverse)
  • Letter of invitation, Business letter, and 2 completed application forms.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.
  • You will need 7 to 10 business days to obtain your visa.
     

Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or MAST Team Lead

 

Medical Requirements:

  • The government of Zambia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are passing through yellow fever belt area before entering Zambia.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Zambia for the most up to date health information on traveling to Zambia..
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc. in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women:
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat's shoes. There is a proverb, "as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season(July- September).

 

Things to bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with DEET usually available in the camping department.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.)
  • Tylenol/Aleve, pepto bismal, Imodium, Vaseline, and other seldom used but useful when needed medications.
  • Food could be spicy: bring antacids if needed.
  • Small flashlight and a small battery operated fan.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling) and a copy of your passport.


Things to Know

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity, or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • ATMs are available. Notify your bank that you will be in Zambia so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.