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

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia (March 23, 2020)

Location: Zambia

Event: Many travelers seeking to depart Zambia to return to the United States have reported unexpected flight cancellations and increasingly limited flight availability. As of March 23, the only remaining commercial option the embassy is aware of to depart Zambia and return to the United States is Ethiopian Airlines. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. 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 Unit using one of the options shown below.

Actions to Take:


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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