For intercontinental flights from Europe, Kenya Airways (also with KLM), South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines offer good options to Malawi, with routes involving an aircraft change at their respective national hubs (Nairobi, Johannesburg and Addis Ababa). All international flights have the option to land in either the capital Lilongwe (5-7 times per week) or Blantyre (2-3 days per week). Regional links between Malawi and Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are provided by Malawian Airlines and the various national airlines of those countries. Such connections can sometimes be used in conjunction with a European airline flying from Europe to these countries. Malawi-based air charter companies, such as Ulendo Airlink, also link Malawi to its neighbours.
There are road routes into Malawi from Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. Assume that border posts will be closed from about 18.00hrs and reopen at 07.00hrs. Visitors requiring a visa may find this difficult to obtain at border posts and are advised to obtain the documentation in advance. Requirements for vehicle documentation should be checked before travelling.
Most operators who organise tours to southern Africa will offer Malawi itineraries, or provide a tailor-made service. Information about companies can be found in the following sections of the Travel Directory: UK Tour Operators; European Tour Operators; North American Tour Operators; Worldwide Tour Operators.
International travellers over the age of 18 may import, duty free: 200 cigarettes or 225gm of tobacco; 1 litre of spirits; 1 litre of beer; 1 litre of wine; plus a "reasonable" quantity of consumable goods to meet the traveller’s immediate need while in Malawi.
A full valid passport is required for entry into Malawi. For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, most European Union countries and certain other countries. Please check the complete list below, and refer to your nearest Malawi diplomatic mission, from which visas for any nationality can be obtained.
For those nationalities that do require visas, these cannot be obtained on arrival but must be obtained in advance from any Malawi diplomatic mission around the world.
For further information on Permits required for longer stays in Malawi (including for volunteers), and for downloadable forms (including visa application forms) click here.
Visas are NOT required by nationals of the following countries:
|Antigua & Barbuda||Ghana||Mozambique||St Kitts & Nevis|
|Bahamas||Guyana||Nauru||St Vincent & the Grenadines|
|Belize||Italy||Papua New Guinea||Tonga|
|Botswana||Jamaica||Portugal||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Brunei Darussalam||Japan||Samoa (Western)||Tuvalu|
|Denmark||Lesotho||Sierra Leone||United States of America|
|France||Maldive Islands||Solomon Islands|
Malawi Diplomatic Missions
3 El Ismalia Street
Off Michael Bakhoum Street
P.O. Box 118
Tel/Fax: + 202 748 0929/335 3948
House No 1
PO Box 2316/Private Bag 7603
Tel:+251 1 712 440
Fax: +251 1 710 490
Email:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Corso Galileo Ferraris, 124
Tel: +39 339 3243333
Fax: +39 011 504800
F-63, Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar
New Delhi – 110057
Tel: +91 11 4607 8800
Fax: +91 11 4607 8810
Portugal (Consulate only)
South Korea (Consulate only)
38, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road
P.O. Box 7616
Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 22 266 6248/266 6284
Fax: +255 22 266 8161
United States of America
1029 Vermont Ave N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Tel: +1 202 721 0270
Fax: +1 202 221 0288
9-11 Duthie Road
PO Box 321
Tel: +263 4 798 584-7