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Message for U.S. Citizens - Useful Travel Information for Katanga-Based U.S. Citizens

By: US Embassy in DRC | Published : November 25, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa provides the following information for those U.S. citizens who travel from Katanga into Zambia and possibly on to Lusaka.  This message is solely for information purposes, and is not an endorsement of any route, lodging facility, or service provider. 

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Lusaka
Ibex Hill Road
Main switchboard number: +260-211-357-000
For emergencies after hours: +260-211-357-000 or +260-966-877 805  acslusaka@state.gov  

Carolyn Belton, Warden, Chingola:  +260-979-875-692
Patrick Coleman, Warden, Luanshya:  +260-966-780-113
Phil Hunt, Warden, Kitwe: +260-976-153-466
John Riggs, Warden, Ndola: +260-955-430-209
Lynn Fisher, Warden, Mwinilunga:  +260-979-464-206

U.S. citizens should contact U.S. Embassy Lusaka upon arrival in Zambia so that we can provide information and assistance in the event of an emergency.

Immigration

U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Zambia.  A single-entry visa costs $50.  At the discretion of Zambia Immigration, U.S. citizens entering without visas may be granted a "report order" in the event of an emergency.  The report order would generally allow entry into Zambia with an obligation to report to the nearest District Immigration Headquarters for processing, and onwards to Lusaka Headquarters at Kent House within a period normally set at 48 hours.

Airline Routes

Ndola International Airport services the Copperbelt.  There are several flights a day on Proflight from Ndola to Lusaka.  There are daily international flights from Ndola to Johannesburg, South Africa (Airlink and South African Airways) and Nairobi, Kenya (Kenyan Airways).

Accommodation

There are several hotels, lodges, and guest houses in the Copperbelt region of Zambia.  Below are examples of prominent hotels.  Provision of this list does not constitute recommendation or endorsement by the U.S. Embassy.

Chingola: 

  • Protea Hotel - Kitwe Road (+260-212-312810)

Kitwe: 

  • Hotel Edinburgh  - Obote Avenue, Central Business area (+260-212-222444) 
  • Mukwa Lodge, Parklands - Plot 26/28 Mpezeni (+260-212-224266)

Ndola: 

  • Savoy Hotel, Central Business area (+260-212-611097)
  • Mukuba Hotel (+260-212-651000)

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa website.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well or you can download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information at your fingertips.  If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  

If you are going to live in or travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, tel. +243-081-225-5872 (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad).  The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. +243-081-884-6859 or +243-081-884-4609; fax +243-081-556-0173, and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call 081-556-0151 and ask to speak with the duty officer.