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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Lusaka (Zambia), Threatened State of Emergency Extended 90 Days

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The U.S. Embassy would like to inform all U.S. citizens that the threatened state of emergency announced by the President of the Republic of Zambia on July 5, 2017 was ratified by Zambia’s National Assembly on July 11, and extended for a period of 90 days.

Article 31 of the country’s Constitution invokes the Preservation of Public Security Act, which grants the President authority to, among other actions, prohibit, restrict, or control public assemblies; control movement into, out of, and between residential properties; and direct the arrest of individuals. The Act also allows police to detain suspects without charge or warrant for up to seven days; to hold suspects without bail under a specific charge; and to conduct warrantless searches of property or vehicles.

As of July 12, the Zambian government has not published specific actions that law enforcement may take to implement the President’s declaration, though warrantless arrests, raids, and transit interruptions might occur in the interim.

U.S. citizens are reminded that demonstrations can occur at any time and can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should therefore avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

You should review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates on political rallies and traffic disruptions. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Zambia Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Zambia located on Ibex Hill, at 0211-357-000 and 0966-877-805 or via email at ACSLusaka@state.gov, 0730 to 1730 Monday through Thursday and 0730 to 1130 on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +260 (0) 966-877-805.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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