This warning has just come to me from Wild Horizons, the travel operator that handles all of my clients in the Victoria Falls area:. Zambia has recently introduced new foreign currency regulations. The situation in Zambia is quite fluid as the private sector seeks clarification on how these policies will affect doing business and specifically for international tourists.
As these become available to us we will of course update you — however below are certain things your passengers will need to be aware of now. All payments made in Zambia for any services or products are only payable in the local currency - Zambian Kwacha. Payments made from abroad are still acceptable in foreign currency and payments for entry visas remain payable in foreign currency at the Port of Entry.
Once you have cleared immigration though, all payments must be made in Kwacha only. Departure taxes on commercial flights are generally built into the ticket price, however for domestic or charter flights these must be paid at the airport in Kwacha.
In order to ensure your passengers are prepared and any inconvenience is kept to a minimum, we have outlined some guidelines below:. It is not possible to purchase Kwacha outside of Zambia so you will need to change cash at a Bureau de Change or commercial bank. You will need your passport to change money at these facilities. Below are some specific details we have gathered from the Banks that operate at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula Livingstone International Airport.
Please take special note of these as they differ from bank to bank:. These organisations have varying hours and conditions of operation, however as a general rule the hours are:. Please note the above information is based on our current understanding of these new regulations and that we have taken every care in ensuring the information above is accurate as possible.
However the situation on the ground is very fluid and is subject to change without any notice, we will endeavour to keep you updated as circumstances change. Just wondering if there is any update on the currency situation?
We are being transferred from Victoria Falls to Livingstone by tour company. We stay 2 nights at Livingstone then fly to Lusaka for a further 4 nights. I think you should be prepared to ask immediately if Australian dollars, for example, can be used for tips.. I expect the answer will be no. There has been no change reported from the details in my note above. Australian dollars are not really any use for tips or exchaning, as they are given a really rotten exchange rate here in Zambia.
Kwacha is the only currency operators are permitted to trade in with guests "in country" at present - if I get any more updates I'll also post here. Hi all, this has now been clarified, a detailed explanation is given on Thorntree, looks like a first class attempt to screw up the tourism business! This charge will be applicable at Lusaka, Ndola, Mfuwe and Livingstone airports and will be payable direct to the NACL airport offices along with departure and security taxes. It is a flat rate for adults, children and infants.
In line with the new forex regulations this would need to be paid in ZMK. We will attempt to get more information and written confirmation on this, however, it is understood all IATA airlines will include this tariff on tickets with immediate effect, however for tickets purchased prior to the levy being introduced, these passengers will need to pay cash at the airport prior to departure.
Please take note that the Sun international Barclays bank opens from Please update info accordingly. Hi I have just read about the change in currency in Zambia. We are traveling from England in a couple of days and would like to know is there any difficulty in exchanging sterling in the Zambian banks.
I noted that the banks do not take master cards however, can a MasterCard be used to withdraw money from the cash machines. I would be grateful for any information on this issue as I was not aware of this situation. On calling into a post office two days age they also appeared to be unaware of the change.
Again any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm travelling on a prepaid tour which includes all expenses in Zambia excluding visa, airport taxes and tips to the staff and guides of my safari camp.
I just returned from Zambia yesterday. If arriving in Lusaka and then taking an internal flight you will need to pay a departure tax 58, K in kwacha, so you will need to get some. There are banks to change cash but these only open certain hours so I wouldn't count on them if arriving early am or at the weekend.
Visa is fine in ATMs but Mastercard could be problematic this has been my experience all over Africa. Will allow extra for the internal flight, I know all taxes for the departure from Lusaka are included in the price of the air ticket. All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Kwacha Only Currency for Everything but Visas!
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