Zambia: Government increases immigration fees

What is the change? The Zambian government has increased its fees for immigration-related permits across the board.


What does the change mean? Government processing fees for employment permits have doubled and fees for residence permits have increased 25 percent. Other relevant fee increases are listed below.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate. The new fees took effect Monday, March 6.
  • Visas/permits affected: All permits, including employment permits, residence permits, study permits, spousal permits, investor’s permits, etc.
  • Who is affected: Zambian companies sponsoring foreign nationals for work and residence permits.
  • Business impact: Companies should budget for the increases.

Below is a schedule of the new government fees for private-sector employers and employees. All figures in Zambian kwacha (1,000 kwacha equals about US$104).

Employment PermitsOld feeNew fee
NewK 3,000K 6,000
RenewalK 3,500K 7,000
DuplicateK 3,000K 6,000
Change of occupationK 1,500K 3,000
Change of employerK 1,500K 3,000
Residence Permit
IssuanceK 4,000K 5,000
DuplicateK 4,000K 5,000
Spouse Permit
IssuanceK 500K 750
RenewalK 1,000K 1,500
DuplicateK 500K 750
Temporary Employment Permit
IssuanceK 3,000K 4,500
RenewalK 3,500K 5,250
DuplicateK 3,000K 5,250
VariationK 3,500K 5,250
Visiting Permit
IssuanceK 1,000K 1,700
RenewalK 1,500K 2,500
DuplicateK 1,000K 1,700

BAL Analysis: Government fees for visas will not change (US$50 for single-entry, US$80 for multiple- entry). All other permit fees have been raised, and companies and individuals should prepare for the increased costs.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Zambia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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