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Health Alert: Zambia, Ethiopian Airlines Remains Only Commercial Flight Option to Return to United States

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lusaka Zambia (March 26, 2020)

Location: Zambia

Event: The Government of Zambia has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions or disruptions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

The embassy is aware of only one remaining commercial option to depart Lusaka and return to the United States on Ethiopian Airlines. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with Ethiopian Airlines immediately to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. Booking and local contact information can be found at the following sites:



If you are unable to book a flight through Ethiopian Airlines directly, please contact the embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit using one of the options shown below.

Actions to Take:

· Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

· For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

· Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

· Check with your airlines or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

· Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Zambia.

· Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States


U.S. Embassy Lusaka

Subdivision694/Stand 100 Kabulonga District

Ibex Hill Road

Lusaka, Zambia


+(260) 211-357-000

+(260) 966-050-123

+(260) 761-107-000

Email: ACSLusaka@state.gov

State Department - Consular Affairs +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444

Zambia Country Information

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