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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. As of March 2016, the following are the requirements for a vehicle to enter Malawi:

  • Third Party Insurance - obtained at the border at a cost of MK21,000.00
  • Temporary Importation - obtained at the border at a cost of MK10,000.00
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • If the vehicle is not owned by the driver, a letter of authorisation form the owner or car rental company is required.

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

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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 (giving full details of the planned trip and written by the travellers themselves or by their tour operator if one has been used)
  • 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

Revised Visa Country Categories October 2016 - 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 6 months

150

220

Multiple entry valid for 12 months

250

300

Gratis

Free

Free

 

The following tables show the various categories of countries and these have been updated in October 2016.

Countries whose Nationals DO NOT need a Visa

Antigua & Barbuda

Israel

Nauru

Trinidad & Tobago

Bahamas

Jamaica

Samoa (Western)

Tuvalu

Barbados

Kenya

Seychelles

Uganda

Belize

Kiribati

South Africa

Zambia

Botswana

Lesotho

St. Kitts & Nevis

Zimbabwe

Fiji

Malaysia

St. Lucia

 

Gambia

Mauritius

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

 

Grenada

Mozambique

Swaziland

 

Hong Kong

Namibia

Tanzania

 

 

Countries whose Nationals can obtain a Visa on arrival without prior authorisation

Albania

Denmark

Korea, Republic Of (South Korea)

Reunion Island

American Samoa

Dominican Republic

Kuwait

Romania

Andorra

East Timor-Leste

Kyrgyzstan

Sao Tome And Principe

Anguilla

Ecuador

Laos, People’s Democratic Republic

Saudi Arabia

Antarctica

El Salvador

Latvia

San Marino

Argentina

Equatorial Guinea

Liechtenstein

Singapore

Armenia

Estonia

Lithuania

Sierra Leone

Aruba

Falkland Islands

Luxembourg

Slovakia (Slavak Republic)

Ascension Island

Faroe Islands

Madagascar

Slovenia

Australia

Finland

Macau

Solomon Island

Austria

France

Macedonia, Republic Of

South Georgia And South Sandwich Islands

Azerbaijan

French Guiana

Maldive Island

Saint Helena

Bahrain

French Metropolitan

Malta

Spain

Belarus

French Polynesia

Marshall Islands

St. Pierre And Miquelon

Belgium

French Southern Territories

Martinique

Suriname

Benin

Gabon

Mayotte

Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands

Bermuda

Georgia

Mexico

Sweden

Bhutan

Germany

Micronesia, Federal States Of

Switzerland

Bolivia

Gibraltar

Moldova, Republic Of

Thailand

Bosnia And Herzegovina

Greece

Monaco

Tibet

Bouvet Island

Greenland

Mongolia

Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Brazil

Guadeloupe

Montenegro

Tonga

Britain

Guam

Montserrat

Tokelau

British Indian Ocean Territory

Guyana

Myanmar, Burma

Turks And Caicos Islands

Brunei

Guatemala

Netherlands

United States Of America

Bulgaria

Guernsey

Netherlands Antilles

U.S. Minor Outlying Islands

Canada

Guinea

New Caledonia

Uruguay

Cambodia

Guinea-Bissau

New Zealand

Vanuatu

Cape Verde

Haiti

Nicaragua

Venezuela

Cayman Island

Heard And Mc Donald Islands

Niue

Vietnam

Chile

Holy See

Norfolk Island

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

China (Roc) Taipei

Honduras

Northern Mariana Islands

Wallis And Futuna Islands

Christmas Island

Hungary

Palau

Western Sahara

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Iceland

Panama

 

Comoros

Indonesia

Papua New Guinea

 

Congo, Republic Of Brazzaville

Ireland

Paraguay

 

Cook Islands

Isle Of Man

Peru

 

Costa Rica

Italy

Philippines

 

Ivory Coast

Japan

Pitcairn Island

 

Croatia

Jersey

Poland

 

Cyprus

Jordan

Portugal

 

Czech Republic

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

Puerto Rico

 

 

Countries whose Nationals require a Visa in advance or prior authorisation

Afghanistan

Ethiopia

Nepal

Togo

Algeria

Eritrea

Oman

Tunisia

Angola

Ghana

Pakistan

Turkey

Bangladesh

India

Palestinian National Authority

Turkmenistan

Burkina Faso

Iran

Qatar

Ukraine

Burundi

Iraq

Russia

Uzbekistan

Central Africa Republic

Khazakhstan

Rwanda

United Arab Emirates

Cameroon

Lebanon

Senegal

Yemen

Chad

Liberia

Serbia

 

China

Libya

Sri Lanka

 

Colombia

Mali

Somalia

 

Cuba

Mauritania

Sudan

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Morocco

South Sudan

 

Djibouti

Nigeria

Syria

 

Egypt

Niger

Tajikistan

 

 

 

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