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Lusaka, Zambia – The Zambian government has reduced visa fee from US$ 150 to US$ 50 for single entry while double or multiple-entry fee was brought down from US$ 340 to US$ 80, the Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Michael Kaingu, announced here.

He explained that the new visa fees would only come into effect once the Minister of Home Affairs signs the statutory instrument.

President Rupiah Banda had promised during his electioneering campaign that once elected into office he would slash the visa fees.

Kaingu said the cabinet sat recently to review the visa fees, and that the move was intended at attracting more tourists into the country.

“The cheaper the entry fees, the longer our tourists will stay in Zambia because the current statistics indicate that tourists stay in the country for not more t han six days,” the minister said.
Lusaka – 08/11/2008