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Welcome to Zambia Department of Immigration

Director General's Message

The world is experiencing unprecedented growth in global cross-border migration, which offers opportunities and security risks for receiving countries. To counter the security risk which comes with the current migratory trends, the Department of Immigration continues to develop the capabilities to manage the rising tide of complex threats in both the border and internal environments.

The Department has, over the years, strived to improve its border management systems by embracing the use of the latest information communication technologies (ICTs), pushing its operations to a paperless status. This and many other initiatives are helping the Department ensure that most genuine migrants can move effortlessly across the border without unnecessary delay. At the same time, our Immigration Officers continue to focus their attention on undesirable, non-compliant migrants.

About Zambia Immigration Department

The Zambia Department of Immigration aims to effectively and efficiently facilitate and regulate the entry and exit of persons and control the stay of immigrants and visitors in the country in order to contribute to internal security and sustainable socio-economic development.

The Department of Immigration is committed to providing efficient, transparent and professional service.

The Department has its headquarters in Lusaka, the country’s capital city, with regional offices in all the ten provinces of Zambia (see the Contacts page for physical address).


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Immigration Permits

You want to move to Zambia for work, investment, school or residence? You need to apply for an appropriate immigration permit.

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Easy application process

Apply for Zambia eVisa or permit online and get your document in just a few clicks.

Online and Offline availability

The Department of Immigration’s  services are available 24/7.

Support and help

Contact us for any queries regarding your visa or permit applications. You can do this via e-mail or phone.

Latest Media Releases

Latest news and Press-Releases by Zambia Department of Immigration.

Dr. Japhet Lishomwa calls on AU Member States to work towards creating a continent where migration is a choice, not a necessity

Speaking as in his capacity as chair of the Experts’ Committee of the AU STC on Migration, Refugees and IDPs…

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Immigration and APIC hold successful Consultative Meeting

The Department of Immigration and the Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (APIC) on 13th June, 2024 held a successful Consultative…

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Zambia and Tanzania Immigration Authorities join hands to address Migration Challenges

The Director General of Immigration, Dr. Japhet Lishomwa has called for collective and concerted efforts to address various migration challenges…

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Immigration Law Review Gains Momentum

The Director General of Immigration, Dr. Japhet Lishomwa has expressed confidence that once passed into Law, the New Immigration Law…

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