Austrians going to Zambia means more than getting ready for safari. You also need a visa to cross the border, and here is where iVisa can help you. Instead of going to a diplomatic mission, you can apply online from the comfort of your home. A laptop or a smartphone with an internet connection is all you need. However, at the moment, only 95 nationalities qualify for an electronic visa. Even so, your chances are pretty high.
To check your eligibility, you can use a tool called the Visa Checker. You can find it in the upper-right corner of iVisa’s website. Just pick out your nationality as Austrians from the drag-down menu and choose Zambia as your destination. The information will unfold in just an instant. What is even better is that if you qualify, you will be redirected to the application form. How simple is that?
The first thing you need to check is whether or not you have all the documents and information iVisa needs to handle your application. Here is a list of what you need to provide:
A valid passport – make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from your date of arrival in Zambia.
Proof of accommodation – a hotel confirmation or a letter from a host will suffice.
Return flight ticket
A scan of the information page of your passport
A digital photo of you – the photo needs to meet the criteria of a passport photo.
E-mail address – iVisa will send you a copy of the issued document via e-mail in PDF format. You need to print it before you leave.
The second thing Austrians need to do is fill in an application. That, however, is easy to do, and it should only take about 10 minutes to complete. If you need any help with it, you can call iVisa’s support service day or night.
The application is broken down into three steps. The first one includes your general information such as name, address, e-mail, date or arrival in Zambia, passport info, and so on. Austrians must also select the processing time and visa type. The latter comes with options regarding the number of entries. As for the former, iVisa gives you three options:
Standard processing time – you will receive your evisa within 3 business days, and you have to pay only $20.
Rush processing time – by opting for this option, your evisa will be ready within 2 business days, and it costs more than the previous choice. You will be charged $60.
The second step will require you to make the payment and do a quick revision of the information you provided. It is very important to do that since corrections are impossible to make after your application is processed. As a result, you need to apply for a new visa.
The third step, and last, will ask Austrians to upload additional documents. The specific documents are determined by your personal situation. For instance, Austrians traveling with minors need more documents than people who go to Zambia alone. Nevertheless, you will be told what you need to upload.
Keep in mind that you will also be required to pay some fees once you arrive in Zambia. iVisa charges the processing of your application so that you get an approval letter. The visa per se will be given to you in Zambia. For that, you need to make some payments at the immigration office there. At the same time, the approval letter is valid only at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, and at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola. Visas on arrival, on the other hand, are available wherever.