Should I be taking a malaria preventative?
Livingstone is in a Malaria area. The best precaution is not to be bitten – wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts in the early morning and evening and wear insect repellent. Please consult your health care professional regarding prophylactics for malaria in advance of travel.
Is there any other medical treatment I need before coming to Zambia?It is advisable to ensure that your Tetanus vaccination is up to date.
Yellow Fever vaccination certificates are no longer required in Zambia other than if you are arriving from an endemic area.
What if we get sick?
There are 24 hour clinics available in the centre of Livingstone town. Feel free to ask your accommodation provider for assistance. Please ensure your medical insurance is up to date – should serious medical attention be required Speciality Emergency Services (tel +260 977740306) is able to arrange medical evacuation.
Banks / Money
The local currency is Zambian Kwacha. There are numerous banks and bureau de change shops located in the city centre and at the airport. US$ and all other major currencies are widely accepted though it will likely be convenient to have some local currency during your stay. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted. ATM machines are available in the centre of Livingstone town and at the airport. Most ATMs accept Visa though Stanbic Bank, located in the Mosi-oa-tunya Square shopping mall, will accept Mastercard. For up to date exchange rates visit xe.com
Visas are required for most passports. Most visas can be purchased at the airport or border in United States Dollars cash – please confirm with your embassy whether it is advisable for you to apply for a visa before departure – you can also consult zambiaimmigration.gov.zm
or why not check out the new UNIVISA allowing tourists to buy one visa and travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe http://www.kazavisa.info/
. Please note that information posted can change without notice.