Sunbird Guest House

Plot 2898/262 Off Luska Road, High Lands Area, Livingstone, 10101, Zambia
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Bringing Medication into Zambia

by cl3150

I have been advised that when entering Zambia, officials will confiscate any medication, including over-the-counter, unless it is in the original container and there is a pharmacy label. When one travels, it is common to have lot of different medications ranging from Aspirin, Ibuprophen, Pepcid, vitamins, Immodium, etc., etc., plus actual prescription items. We normally put each in a separate small baggie with a label, and dispose of the empty baggies at the last stop. To have to bring original containers would fill a complete carry-on, especially since we buy many over-the-counter items in bulk packaging. Any suggestions?

Re: Bringing Medication into Zambia

by lmkluque

I would add, to my suggestion in the Dubai Forum, that you'd be better informed it you checked out the rules of each country about bringing in medications on their official website, or contact their embassy or consulate nearest your location.

This way you will know exactly what to do.

Re: Bringing Medication into Zambia

by GrumpyDiver

What's wrong with buying travel sizes? Putting things into baggies and carrying them around is not necessarily the best practice anyways.

Re: Bringing Medication into Zambia

by cl3150

Unfortunately, there are many items not necessarily packaged in travel size, such as multi-vitamins, Citrical, Glucosamine Chondroitin, etc. Carrying around a collection of a dozen or more varying size containers becomes problematic. Traveling to a third world country often entails bringing a variety of medications, some prescription, some OTC, and bringing small amounts for "just in case" is the most convenient. Having to bring what amounts to a "travel medicine cabinet" would fill most of a carry-on at a time when airlines are making it more and more difficult to bring extra luggage items.

Re: Bringing Medication into Zambia

by Odinnthor

Still, - I have to agree, that you follow the rules, or risk loosing them all. Buy those that are available in travel sizes and just bite the bullet on the rest. There really is no choice here.

Not saying that you don't need all of them, but a carry-on full of just medications, sounds like overkill. If you think about it from their point of view, there are very good reasons for not letting a portable pharmacy of unknown drugs into the country. With that much of this stuff, you might be detained and questioned as well. Better to follow the rules. Zambia is a nice country, but their jails leave a lot to be desired.

Re: Bringing Medication into Zambia

by travelinxs

I entered into Zambia from Namibia then exited into Botswana and had no problems with imigration searching my luggage. It was a very relaxed and informal process. Personally I wouldnt worry about it. I always break my medicines down and re-package into camera film containers (with original instruction label) and no one has ever questioned me over it.

Re: Bringing Medication into Zambia

by mikelisaanna

We had no problems bringing medications into Zambia (allergy pills, prescription meds). The one quirk that I remember was the the active ingredient in Benadryl was a banned substance for some reason in Zambia, and some of the websites warned you not to bring Benadryl into Zambia.

Travel Tips for Livingstone

Livingstone border and visa on arrival

by georeiser

Visa on arrival is possible in Livingstone. The border is 400 meters after the Victoria Bridge. The tourist visa at the border cost 50 USD for all, and takes less than 15 minutes if there is no queue. If you already got a visa from an embassy prior to your arrival, there is nothing for you to write. The officer stamps your passport and the handling takes less than a minute. A tourist visa is valid for 90 days.

I was fooled by another web site to believe the visa fee on arrival was up to 200 USD. And therefor had my passport sent by mail to the Zambian embassy in another country. The total price with postal fee was more than the visa-on-arrival-fee.

A day-trip visa can be issued for 20 USD (typically issued to tourists visiting Victoria Falls from a neighboring country). Visitors who wish to stay longer than their initial period of entry must visit an immigration office to obtain.

Get Multiple entry visa if going over border

by nora_south_africa

If you visit the Chobe National Park Botswana do try to also do one of the Chobe river cruises, it was wonderful and you see lots of wildlife, do remember if you leave zambia you will pay visa again to return unless you have multiple entry visa!for ppl from Uk the visa is 140 USD, and those on the trip had to pay again that amount to enter after our visit in Botswana... so kinda expensive, I advise multiple entry visa if you consider going over the border.
Remember near Livingstone is where 4 countries come together... Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, standing at the river crossing between Zambia and Botswana you can see all 4 countires.. quite an unique experience.

Walk on the wild side!

by Durfun

Definitely get them to walk along the length of the Falls, then if they are keen, also get them to do the same from the neighbouring country - Zimbabwe.

For Zimbabwe, you will be ending up in the town called 'Victoria falls' itself!

If you're up for some bunjee-jumping, then this is also possible from the bridge linking the two countries. Bunjee-jumping to a stretch of 300 foot, facind the river Zambezi, and it's crocodiles!!

Banks Livingstone & Post office

by nora_south_africa

On main road Mosi-oa-Tunya- you will find Barclays Bank, standard Bank near Post office, its almost opposite PEP STORES,
When you come from airport you turn right here( at the corner where curio stalls are)


by DAO

‘TRULY ZAMBIAN’ is actually the advertising slogan for Mosi beer. Mosi is the most popular beer sold in Zambia. Despite its humble origins, it seems to strike a chord with local people who are proud of their country. You will see this slogan just about everywhere! MOSI-OA-TUNYA is from the Kololo or Lozi language and means ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. I am not sure if this beer is the smoke or the thunder, but make sure you enjoy one or two.


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