Zambia Work Permit and Business Visa

zambia work permitDo you need a Zambia work permit or business visa for one or more of your staff? Intergate Africa can help.

Intergate Africa is one of the continent’s leading immigration consultants. Based in South Africa, with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, our representatives are all over Africa, including Zambia.

Work permits

Zambia has a short-term and long-term work permit available:

Temporary Employment Permit

The Zambian Department of Immigration has set up an entire department which solely deals with short-term work permit applications. These applications are therefore dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

Important to note:

  • The applicant is granted permission to work and be in the country as soon as the application is submitted.
  • Zambia’s immigration regulations require the applicant to be in Zambia while the application is being processed.
  • The permit is in the form of a permit book, which the applicants receives within 30 days of the submitting the application.

Validity period:

The Temporary Employment Permit is issued for up to 3 months. It can be renewed only once, for a further 3 months. The renewal has to happen in Zambia.

Employment Permit

The Employment Permit is issued to foreigners who enter the country to take up employment for a period exceeding six months. Applicants cannot enter Zambia until the permit has been approved and issued. This process takes up to 5 weeks.


The Employment Permit is issued for up to 24 months. Renewals are possible and simple. It happens through a process called ‘variation’. All that’s needed for this process are:

  • The new company registration documents.
  • Motivational letter.
  • Contract of employment.

Business visas

A Zambian business visa is intended for a person who comes to Zambia intending to attend:

  • Meetings;
  • Conferences;
  • Seminars;
  • Corporate events;
  • Business prospection missions, and to
  • Arrange business transactions;
  • Sign contracts,
  • Consult or advise; and for
  • Training and even learning as an observant in a classroom.

Getting started with a Zambia work permit or business visa

If you would like to know more about work permits or business visas for Zambia, please contact us:

Cape Town: +27 (0) 21 424 2460
Johannesburg: +27 (0) 11 234 4275

One of our African immigration specialists will be available to answer all your questions. You could also send us an enquiry and we will contact you instead.

Either way, we will set up a consultation as a first step to determine the scope of your needs, in order for us to start applying for the correct permits or visas as quickly as possible. Rest assured that our consultants have the necessary experience and knowledge to assist with whatever your business needs may be.

*Please note that whilst we make every effort to keep this information up to date, the regulations and requirements for Zambia are subject to change with little notice. It is essential to contact us prior to making decisions or taking action to ensure you have the correct information.