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Zambia customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Zambia to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Zambia make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Zambia customs regulations.

Import regulations in Zambia

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. One of the following:

  • 400 cigarettes;
  • 500 grams of cigars;
  • or 500 grams of tobacco.

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. All of the following:

  • 2.5 litres of beer;
  • 2.5 litres of wine;
  • 1.5 litres of spirits.

Cash limit

  • Funds of more than US$5000 must be declared to the customs authorities.

Other Goods

  • Personal goods up to the value of US$1000.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.

  • Counterfeit currency and goods.
  • Goods considered indecent, obscene, or objectionable.
  • Goods manufactured using prison labour.
  • Qilika.
  • Narcotic drugs.
  • Spirits that contain noxious preparations, extracts, essences or chemical products.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival.

  • Animals, including pets.
  • Agricultural produce, such as meat, fruit, vegetables, grains, and other plant products.
  • Medicines.
  • Mineral ores and precious stones.
  • Firearms and ammunition.

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