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Flights to Malawi

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, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are provided by Malawian Airlines and some of the national airlines of those countries. Such connections can sometimes be used in conjunction with another African or European airline flying from Europe to these countries. Malawian Airlines, through its association with Ethiopian Airlines can also offer connections around the world. Malawi-based air charter companies also link Malawi to its neighbours. 

Entering Malawi by Road

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.

International Tour Operators

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.

Duty Free

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.

Visas

As from 1 October 2015, Malawi has introduced new visa requirements to include nationals of those countries where Malawian’s are required to pay for visas. Please see the tables below to check which nationalities require a visa and for contacts for Malawi’s Diplomatic Missions around the world.

Visas for the majority of nationalities can be obtained on arrival in Malawi (excluding those specified below as having to obtain them in advance). Although the process at the ports of entry is currently time-consuming, even travellers arriving unaware of the new requirements armed only with their passports are having visa applications processed on arrival and are successfully entering the country.

However, current official advice to avoid unnecessary inconveniences is to obtain a Malawi visa in advance of travel from the nearest Malawi Diplomatic Mission. For visas to be obtained on arrival it is also preferable, if possible, to take application forms (click here to download) and the items detailed in the requirements below, plus the requisite visa fee in US$ cash:

  • Valid passport for not less than six months
  • Two passport photos
  • Covering letter
  • Invitation letter (excludes tourists)
  • Air ticket/Itinerary
  • Confirmed Hotel booking
  • Three months latest bank statements

For further information see:

Visa New Regime October 2015 - PDF download

Press statement from Malawi Ministry of Home Affairs – PDF download

Malawi Immigration: homepage

Malawi High Commission in the UK: Visas webpage

The table below shows categories of Visas and applicable fees payable. Different rates apply for the same type of Visa depending on whether it has been paid for in Malawi or at a Malawi Diplomatic Mission:
 

CATEGORY

Within Malawi (US Dollars)

 Malawi Diplomatic Missions (US Dollars)

Transit valid for 7 days

50

70

Single entry (to be used within 3 months from date of issue)

75

100

Multiple entry valid for 6months

150

220

Multiple entry valid for 12months

250

300

Gratis

Free

Free

 

Countries whose Nationals DO NOT need a Visa when coming to Malawi:

Antigua & Barbuda

Ireland

Namibia

Swaziland

Bahamas Gambia

Israel

Nauru

Tanzania

Barbados

Jamaica

Northern Ireland

Trinidad & Tobago

Belize

Kenya

Samoa (Western)

Tuvalu

Botswana

Kiribati

Seychelles

Uganda

Dominica

Lesotho

South Africa

Zambia

Fiji

Malaysia

St. Kitts & Nevis

Zimbabwe

Grenada

Mauritius

St. Lucia

 

Hong Kong

Mozambique

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

 
 


Countries whose Nationals need a Visa when coming to Malawi:

Afghanistan

Cuba

Korea, Democratic People’s Rep.(North Korea)

Puerto Rico

Albania

Cyprus

Korea, Republic Of (South Korea)

Qatar

Algeria

Czech Republic

Kuwait

Reunion Island

American Samoa

People’s Republic Of China

Kyrgyzstan

Romania

Andorra

Denmark

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Russian Federation

Angola

Djibouti

Latvia

Rwanda

Anguilla

Dominican Republic East Timor

Lebanon

Sao Tome And Principe

Antarctica

Timor-Leste

Liberia

Saudi Arabia

Argentina

Ecuador

Libya

San Marino

Armenia

Egypt

Liechtenstein

Senegal

Aruba

El Salvador

Lithuania

Serbia

Ascension Island

Equatorial Guinea

Luxembourg

Singapore

Australia

Eritrea

Madagascar

Sierra Leone

Austria

Estonia

Macau

Slovakia (Slavak Republic)

Azerbaijan

Ethiopia

Macedonia, Republic Of

Slovenia

Bahrain

Falkland Islands

Mali

Sri Lanka

Bangladesh

Faroe Islands

Maldive Islands

Solomon Island

Belarus

Finland

Malta

Somalia

Belgium

France

Marshall Islands

South Georgia And South Sandwich Islands

Benin

French Guiana

Martinique

Saint Helena

Bermuda

French Metropolitan

Mauritania

Spain

Bhutan

French Polynesia

Mayotte

St. Pierre And Miquelon

Bolivia

French Southern Territories

Mexico

Sudan

Bosnia And Herzegovina

Gabon

Micronesia, Federal States Of

Suriname

Bouvet Island

Georgia

Moldova Republic Of

Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands

Brazil

Germany

Monaco

Sweden

Britain

Ghana

Mongolia

Switzerland

British Indian Ocean Territory

Gibraltar

Montenergo

Syria, Syrian Arab Republic

Brunei

Greece

Montserrat

Tajikistan

Bulgaria

Greenland

Morocco

Thailand

Burkina Faso

Guadeloupe

Myanmar Burma Nepal

Tibet

Burundi

Guam

Netherlands

Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Canada

Guyana

Netherlands Antilles

Tonga

Cambodia

Guatemala

New Caledonia

Togo

Cameroon

Guernsey

New Zealand

Tokelau

Cape Verde

Guinea

Nicaragua

Tunisia

Cayman Island

Guinea-Bissau

Niger

Turkey

Central African Republic

Haiti

Nigeria

Turkmenistan

Chad

Heard And Mc Donald Islands

Niue

Turks And Caicos Islands

Chile

Holy See

Norfolk Island

Ukraine

China (Roc)

Honduras

Northern Mariana Islands

United Arab Emirates

Taipei

Hungary

Oman

United States Of America

Christmas Island

Iceland

Pakistan

U.S. Minor Outlying Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

India

Palau

Uruguay

Colombia

Indonesia

Palestinian National Authority

Uzbekistan

Comoros

Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Panama

Vanuatu

Democratic Republic Of Congo (Kinshasa)

Iraq

Papua New Guinea

Venezuela

Congo

Isle Of Man

Paraguay

Vietnam

Republic Of Brazzaville

Italy

Peru

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Cook Islands

Japan

Philippines

Wallis And Futuna Islands

Costa Rica

Jersey

Pitcairn Island

Western Sahara

Ivory Coast

Jordan

Poland

Yemen

Croatia

Kazakhstan

Portugal

 


Countries whose Nationals MUST have a Visa IN ADVANCE to enter Malawi:

Afghanistan

Egypt

Mali

Sudan

Bangladesh

Ethiopia

Nigeria

South Sudan

Burkinafaso

Iraq

Pakistan

Syria

Burundi

Iran

Palestinian National Authority

Tunisia

Central Africa Republic

Khazakhstan

Russia

 

Cameroon

Lebanon

Rwanda

 

Chad

Libya

Somalia

 

 

Malawi Diplomatic Missions 

Australia

Greece

South Africa

Belgium

India

South Korea

Brazil

Italy

Tanzania

China

Japan

United Kingdom

Egypt

Kenya

United Nations

Ethiopia

Kuwait

United States of America

France

Mozambique

 Zambia

Germany

Portugal

 Zimbabwe

 

Australia

493-495 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Tel +613 99887766
Fax +613 86779321
Email: consul@malawi.com.au
Web : www.malawi.com.au

Belgium

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi
46 Avenue Herrmann Debroux
1160 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 231 09 80
Fax: +32 2 231 10 66
Email: embassy.malawi@skynet.be
Web: www.embassymalawi.be

Also accredited to: Cyprus, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Switzerland.

Brazil

SHIS QI 15 conjunto 3 casa 1 - Lago Sul
CEP: 71635-230
Brasilia
Tel: (+55) (61) 3366-1337
Fax: (+55) (61) 3365-2149
E-mail: malawiembassybrasil@bol.com.br
Web: www.embaixadadomalawinobrasil.com.br

Also accredited to: Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

China

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi
No.503 Dongwai Diplomatic Office Building
No.23 Dongzhimenwai Street 
Chao Yang District
Beijing 100600
For visa contact: Mr. Bello/Ms Wendy
For first secretary: Mr. Kingston
Tel:  +86 10 65324868/5889
Fax: +86 10 65326022
Email: beijing@mw-embassy.cn
 
Also accredited to: Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
 
Tourism Representative
No.713, Greenland Center B
No. 600 Middle Long Hua Road
Xu Hui District
Shanghai
P.R.China
200232
General inquiries: Ms. Sherry
Tel:  +86 21 60547520
Fax: +86 21 60447122
Email: malawi@etclux.com or sherry@etclux.com
        
Egypt

44 Road 254
Degla
Maadi
Cairo
Tel: 202 251 97184 / 97381
Fax: 202 251 77598
Email: malawi@link.com.eg
Web: www.malawiembcairo.com

Also accredited to: Algeria, Eritrea, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saharawi Demorcatic Republic (SADR), Syria, Tunisa.

Ethiopia

Corner Sunshine/Maani
PO Box 2316
Addis Ababa
Tel: +251 116 620295
Fax: +251 116 620299
Email:malemb@ethionet.et or malemb@telecom.net.et

Also accredited to: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.

France (Consulate only)

20 rue Euler
4e Etage
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 1 4070 1846/4720 2027
Fax: +33 1 4723 6248

Germany

Westfalische Strasse 86
10709 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 8431 540
Fax: +49 (0)30 8431 5430
Email: malawiberlin@aol.com
Web: www.malawiembassy.de

Also accredited to: Austria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Holy See (Vatican).

Greece (Consulate only)

82 Skoufa Street
Athens 14671
Tel: +30 210 8003754
Fax: +30 212 1219380 

Italy (Consulate only)

Corso Galileo Ferraris, 124
10129 Turin
ITALY
Tel: +39 339 3243333

Fax: +39 011 504800
E-mail: consulatemalawi@itsconsult.eu

India

F-63, Poorvi Marg
Vasant Vihar
New Delhi – 110057
Tel: +91 11 4607 8800
Fax: +91 11 4607 8810
Email: malawindia@airtelbroadband.in or malawindia@airtelmail.in
Web: www.malawi-india.org

Also accredited to: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka.

Japan

Takanawa Kaisei Bldg 7th Floor
3-4-1 Takanawa
Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-0074
Tel: +81 (0)3 3449 3010 / 47
Fax: +81 (0)3 3449 3220
Email: malawi@luck.ocn.ne.jp or malawi@mx1.ttcn.ne.jp
Web: www.malawiembassy.org

Also accredited to:Australia, Brunei, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, South Korea.

Kenya

Westlands
Off Waiyaki Way
PO Box 30453-00100
Nairobi
Tel: + 254 205 208 974
Email: malawihi@clubinternetk.com or nairobi.highcomm@foreignaffairs.gov.mw
Web: www.malawihckenya.org

Kuwait

Al-Shuhad'aa - Block 5
Street 512 - Villa 34
PO Box 5761
Safat 13058
Kuwait City
Tel: +965 25235416 / 419
Fax: +965 25235418
Email: info@malawiembkuwait.com
Web: www.malawiembkuwait.com

Also accredited to: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Mozambique

Avenida Kenneth Kaunda No.75
PO Box 4148
Maputo
Tel: +258 21 492 676 / 21 495 222 / 84 3989 692
Fax: +258 21 490 224
Email: malawmoz@virconn.com or malawimoz@tdm.co.mz

Also accredited to: The Kingdom of Swaziland, Madagascar.

Portugal (Consulate only)

Rua Antonio Enes,
9-4 DTO
1000 Lisbon
Tel: +351 1 547 736, 547 138
Fax: +351 1 538 225 

South Africa

4 Dodge Street
Woodmead Ext 4
2157
Sandton
P.O. Box 3881
Rivonia
2128

Tel: (+27)11 234 8577
Fax: (+27) 11 807 7790
Email: malawicons@mweb.co.za
Email: tourism@malawiconsulate.co.za 
Web: www.malawiconsulate.co.za

South Korea (Consulate only)

No. 130-9
Non-Hyen-Dong
Kaong-Wam-Ku Seoul
Tel: +82 2 475 1110 

Tanzania

Rose Garden Road
Gamshard Circle Street
Mikocheni A
P.O. Box 7616
Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 22 277 4220
Email: mmhcdar@yahoo.co.uk
Web: www.malawihctz.org

Also accredited to: Burundi, Comoros, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles.

United Kingdom

36 John St
Holborn
London
WC1N 2AT
Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 6010
Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 9273
Email: malawihighcom@btconnect.com
Web: www.malawihighcommission.co.uk

Also accredited to: Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

United Nations

866 United Nations Plaza
Suite 486
New York
NY 10017
Tel: +1 212 317 8738 / 8718
Fax: +1 212 317 8729
Email: malawinewyork@aol.com or malawiu@aol.com

United States of America

2408 Massachusetts avenue, NW
Washington DC
20008
Tel: +1 202 721 0270
Fax: +1 202 721 0288
Email: malawidc@aol.com
Web: www.malawiembassy-dc.org

Also accredited to: Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico.

Zambia

31 Bishops Rd
PO Box 50425
Kabulonga
Lusaka
Tel: +260 211 265 768/69
Fax: +260 211 265 765
Email: mhcomm@zamtel.zm or mhcomm@iwayafrica.com 

Also accredited to: Angola, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Zimbabwe

9-11 Duthie Road
Alexandra Park
PO Box 321
Harare
Tel: +263 4 798 584-6
Email: malawihigh@africaonline.co.zw

Also accredited to: Botswana