Best Zambia Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Zambia

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 02:56 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Zambia sim card for tourist. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a local sim card in Zambia. Why? You can get a Zambia prepaid sim card for 200 ZMV=$12 USD with 12 GB data and for 400 ZMV=$24 USD with 25 GB data valid for 30 days.

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides, reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals.

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ZAMBIA TOURIST SIM CARD

ZAMBIA PREPAID SIM CARD BACKGROUND

First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Zambia is fine in the big cities and it will be weak outside the cities. From 2020 there is a biometric sim card in Zambia and you will have to to give fingerprints for identification and show your passport. There are 3 phone operators in Zambia: MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia and Zamtel. Social media apps you have to pay extra 5 ZMV is less than $1 USD per day for using them.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Zambia. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your Zambia tourist sim card outside the airport because prices and packages are better in the official stores. Anyway data is affordable in Zambia but the connection isn’t the best.

WHERE TO GET YOUR ZAMBIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Zambia sim card almost anywhere from the airport to phone shops. Just make sure you bring your passport. And make sure that you inform their prices and packages. It’s better to avoid buying your Zambia prepaid sim card in the airport and look for an official store.

It depends on how long you will be in Zambia and how much data you will need. There are affordable sim card for tourists in Zambia valid for 7 and 30 days. Keep reading below!

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD ZAMBIA COMPARISON

There are 3 phone operators in Zambia: MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia and Zamtel. From 2020 there is a biometric sim card in Zambia and you will have to to give fingerprints for identification and show your passport. Social media apps you have to pay extra per day for using them. Airtel and MTN have similar packages and coverage. Let’s compare prices and packages below:

MTN ZAMBIA

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MTN Zambia is the largest phone operator in the country and the coverage is the best. If you want to get data a prepaid sim card with MTN in Zambia it costs 5 ZMV in the airport less than $1 USD and later you will have to top up data packages.

If you want to have data packages for 50 ZMV=$3 USD with 2.5 GB data. For 100 ZMV=$6 USD with 6 GB data and for 150 ZMV=$8 USD with 10 GB data. All these packages valid for 7 days. If you want to add social media apps like Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook you will have to pay 5 ZMV and 25 ZMV per week extra.

If you want to have data packages for 30 days for 100 ZMV=$6 USD with 5 GB data. For 200 ZMV=$12 USD with 12 GB data and for 400 ZMV=$24 USD with 25 GB data. And you will have to add 100 ZMV for social media apps like Facebook and Whatsapp for a month.

AIRTEL ZAMBIA

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Airtel Zambia is the second largest phone operator in the country. If you want to get data a prepaid sim card in Zambia with Airtel costs 5 ZMV less than $1 USD and later you will get an extra 1 GB when you top up data packages.

If you want to have data packages for 50 ZMV=$3 USD with 2.5 GB data. For 100 ZMV=$6 USD with 6 GB data and for 150 ZMV=$8 USD with 10 GB data. All these packages valid for 7 days. If you want to add social media apps like Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook you will have to pay 5 ZMV and 25 ZMV per week extra.

If you want to have data packages for 30 days for 100 ZMV=$6 USD with 5 GB data. For 200 ZMV=$12 USD with 12 GB data and for 400 ZMV=$24 USD with 25 GB data. And you will have to add 100 ZMV for social media apps like Facebook and Whatsapp for a month.

MORE PREPAID SIM CARD IN ZAMBIA

Zamtel

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Zamtel is the smallest phone operator in the country. If you want to have data packages for 25 ZMV=$1 USD with 2.5 GB data. For 70 ZMV=$4 USD with 6 GB data and for 105 ZMV=$6 USD with 10 GB data. All these packages valid for 7 days. If you want to add social media apps like Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook you will have to pay 5 ZMV and 30 ZMV per week extra.

If you want to have data packages for 30 days for 100 ZMV=$6 USD with 5 GB data. For 175 ZMV=$11 USD with 10 GB data. And you will have to add 120 ZMV for social media apps like Facebook and Whatsapp for a month.

POCKET WIFI ZAMBIA

If you prefer to bring Pocket Wifi in Zambia a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Zambia you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices.

If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs. The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

ZAMBIA SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Zambia Sim Card Conclusion is getting Airtel or MTN tourist sim card in for 200 ZMV=$12 USD with 12 GB data and for 400 ZMV=$24 USD with 25 GB data valid for 30 days. Since the coverage is the best with both of them and data packages are exactly the same.

BEST TIME TO VISIT ZAMBIA

In Zambia summer months from December to February is so hot the weather and the high season. During the winter months from June to August the temperature is cold and it’s the low season. We believe the best time to visit Zambia is during the spring months from September to November when the days are fresh and sunny. Fall season from March to May can be a great time for visiting Zambia.

Click here to know more about the weather in Zambia!

ATMS AND CURRENCY IN ZAMBIA

There are ATMs in Zambia and exchange offices in the main touristic points. The main currencies are accepting and the local currency is the Zambian Kwacha around $1= 3700 ZMV.

Click here to know the exact rate.

DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN ZAMBIA

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For transportation around Zambia by taxi will cost you $2-3 USD and even cheaper if you get public transportation. Food travel budget in Zambia you can find juices for one dollar and a whole meal in local places starting from $5-6 USD.

For accommodation in Zambia you can find deals starting from $25 USD per a room. If you prefer mid budget accommodation will cost $40-60 USD and for $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Zambia.

You can find nice Airbnb in Zambia starting from $20 USDYou can get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB when you sign up with us!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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