Last update 21 June 2019Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Republic of Zambia
The Republic of Bulgaria has no embassy in Lusaka. Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long terms in Zambia can contact for consular matters the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, South Africa.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of South Africa
Address: 1071 Church street, 0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 12 342 37 20, +27 12 342 79 41
Fax: +27 12 342 37 21
Office hours: Mo - Fri, 09.00 am - 12.00 pm
Mobile number: +27 79 893 7336 - in emergency and urgent cases in non-working hours, holidays and weekends.
Bulgarian citizens can apply for visas at the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Berlin.
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Berlin (accredited for Bulgaria)
Address: Axel Springer-Str. 54a, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 30 2062940
Fax: +49 3020629419
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 16.00 h
Zambian Kwacha - ZMK
Banks do not accept US dollar bills that were printed before 1996
Crime and security
In general, there is a high security risk. Crime is widespread in major cities and tourist centres.
It is not recommended to carry large sums of money. Along the main highways in the country there are frequent cases of attacks, and sometimes murder.
In border areas to Angola and Mozambique there are large numbers of unexploded mines.
Particularly dangerous is travelling by road at night.
When travelling by car outside the capital, do not forget to take your personal documents!
Drug possession is punished severely, including cigarettes containing marijuana. Manifestations of homosexuality are prohibited.
Exercise caution when photographing or filming.
It is forbidden to photograph objects of strategic importance such as: bridges, railway sites, public buildings, incl. post offices and the refinery in Ndola.
There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency, but when the total amount exceeds five thousand USD. dollars, it must be declared.
You can import duty free in Zambia up to 200 cigarettes or 450 grams of tobacco and 1 litre of alcohol.
There are no special Customs Requirements for the export of items.
There is left-hand traffic in Zambia.
Public transport is poor and urban and intercity buses - crowded. Many roads are in poor condition and in the rainy season become almost impassable.
When entering by car, you need to take out insurance at the border for the period of stay in the country.
Medical services in hospitals do not meet West European standards.
Strict personal hygiene is recommended. There is a large number of HIV-positive people.
Rainy season - from November to April.
Travel papers and visas
Passport valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into Zambia.
Current information on any vaccines required for Zambia can be obtained from the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Telephone: +359 2 944 69 99 221.
Bulgarian citizens travelling to Zambia (holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports) need to obtain a visa from the Embassy of Zambia in Berlin.
Good personal hygiene is recommended.
Particular caution should be exercised when eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
Water must be boiled before use.
Travel for Children
There are no special requirements, but it is advisable that children travel with their own passports.
Certification and Legalisation
Documents issued to Bulgarian citizens in Zambia should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zambia. They are to be certified in the Embassy of Burundi in Berlin. The signature and validation of the consulate office to this embassy are to be further validated by the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Berlin.
Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of an EU Member State in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.