Sunday, June 22, 2008

Zambia Part 2: US Department of State

As a continuation of my first post about Zambia, which borrowed heavily from information available in the CIA World Factbook, I'm adding additional information I found through the US Department of State (State Department). I won't rehash information in the State Department's "Background Notes" that is also found in the CIA World Factbook.

According to the State Department, "The United States and Zambia enjoy warm relations." Travel in Zambia is generally safe during daytime hours in major game parks and in most large cities, including many sections of Lusaka (the capitol) and Livingstone (hub for Victoria Falls). Travelers are warned to be vigilant against pick-pocketing and robbery while on public transportation or in other high pedestrian traffic areas. Additionally, travelers are advised to "exercise caution" when traveling near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to instability in the DRC.

Zambia did not make the State Department's list of Travel Warnings (long-term conditions make the country dangerous or unstable) or Travel Alerts (short-term conditions), but below are the countries on those lists as of June 22, 2008:

Travel Warnings:
Sri Lanka 06/13/2008
Iraq 06/13/2008
Eritrea 06/11/2008
Côte d'Ivoire 06/09/2008
Lebanon 05/30/2008
Somalia 05/20/2008
Nepal 05/07/2008
Chad 04/30/2008
Haiti 04/30/2008
Burundi 04/22/2008
Syria 04/15/2008
Yemen 04/07/2008
Algeria 03/26/2008
Central African Republic 03/25/2008
Kenya 03/21/2008
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza 03/19/2008
Sudan 03/14/2008
Timor-Leste 02/15/2008
Philippines 02/13/2008
Afghanistan 02/06/2008
Colombia 02/05/2008
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 01/08/2008
Iran 01/03/2008
Saudi Arabia 12/19/2007
Nigeria 10/30/2007
Uzbekistan 10/25/2007
Pakistan 09/21/2007

Travel Alerts:
Burma (Myanmar) 06/03/2008
Zimbabwe 06/02/2008
China 05/30/2008
Hurricane Season 05/30/2008
South Africa 05/21/2008
China 04/30/2008
Mexico 04/14/2008
Tunisia 03/13/2008
Mali 02/12/2008

I will need to obtain a $135 visa before traveling to Zambia, which will be good for three years. Additionally, below are the State Department's Tips for Traveling Abroad:

  • Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency
  • Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information
  • Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page
  • Check your overseas medical insurance coverage
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws
  • Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime

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