Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 September 2018, 09:32 NZST
  • Still current at: 14 November 2019

Related news features

Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid all non-essential travel to 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.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Zambia due to violent crime.

View Larger Map Close/Open map

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. Victims have been followed from banks, nightclubs, and ATMs and later robbed at gunpoint. 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
On 5 July 2017, the Zambian President issued a Preservation of Public Security declaration under Article 31 of the Constitution which allows for additional security measures to be implemented for a 90 day period. It is unclear what emergency measures will be introduced, at this stage. You should remain alert to changes by monitoring the media and local information sources and comply with any instructions given by local authorities.

Demonstrations occur from time to time in Zambia and have on occasion led to violence, with clashes between protestors and security forces. 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 Web Site 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

See our regional advice for Africa

Share this page:

Related News features

Accredited New Zealand High Commission South Africa

Street Address
125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa

Telephone: +27 12 435 9000

Fax: +27 12 435 9002



Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600hrs

Related advice from other countries

Share this page:

Other pages in this section: