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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

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

Israel

Nauru

Trinidad & Tobago

Bahamas Gambia

Jamaica

Samoa (Western)

Tuvalu

Barbados

Kenya

Seychelles

Uganda

Belize

Kiribati

South Africa

Zambia

Botswana

Lesotho

St. Kitts & Nevis

Zimbabwe

Dominica

Malaysia

St. Lucia

 

Fiji

Mauritius

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

 

Grenada

Mozambique

Swaziland

 

Hong Kong

Namibia

Tanzania

 
 


Countries whose Nationals need a Visa when coming to Malawi:

 

Afghanistan

Cyprus

Korea, Republic Of (South Korea)

Reunion Island

Albania

Czech Republic

Kuwait

Romania

Algeria

People’s Republic Of China

Kyrgyzstan

Russian Federation

American Samoa

Denmark

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Rwanda

Andorra

Djibouti

Latvia

Sao Tome And Principe

Angola

Dominican Republic East Timor

Lebanon

Saudi Arabia

Anguilla

Timor-Leste

Liberia

San Marino

Antarctica

Ecuador

Libya

Senegal

Argentina

Egypt

Liechtenstein

Serbia

Armenia

El Salvador

Lithuania

Singapore

Aruba

Equatorial Guinea

Luxembourg

Sierra Leone

Ascension Island

Eritrea

Madagascar

Slovakia (Slavak Republic)

Australia

Estonia

Macau

Slovenia

Austria

Ethiopia

Macedonia, Republic Of

Sri Lanka

Azerbaijan

Falkland Islands

Mali

Solomon Island

Bahrain

Faroe Islands

Maldive Island

Somalia

Bangladesh

Finland

Malta

South Georgia And South Sandwich Islands

Belarus

France

Marshall Islands

Saint Helena

Belgium

French Guiana

Martinique

Spain

Benin

French Metropolitan

Mauritania

St. Pierre And Miquelon

Bermuda

French Polynesia

Mayotte

Sudan

Bhutan

French Southern Territories

Mexico

Suriname

Bolivia

Gabon

Micronesia, Federal States Of

Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands

Bosnia And Herzegovina

Georgia

Moldova Republic Of

Sweden

Bouvet Island

Germany

Monaco

Switzerland

Brazil

Ghana

Mongolia

Syria, Syrian Arab Republic

Britain

Gibraltar

Montenergo

Tajikistan

British Indian Ocean Territory

Greece

Montserrat

Thailand

Brunei

Greenland

Morocco

Tibet

Bulgaria

Guadeloupe

Myanmar Burma Nepal

Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Burkina Faso

Guam

Netherlands

Tonga

Burundi

Guyana

Netherlands Antilles

Togo

Canada

Guatemala

New Caledonia

Tokelau

Cambodia

Guernsey

New Zealand

Tunisia

Cameroon

Guinea

Nicaragua

Turkey

Cape Verde

Guinea-Bissau

Niger

Turkmenistan

Cayman Island

Haiti

Nigeria

Turks And Caicos Islands

Central African Republic

Heard And Mc Donald Islands

Niue

Ukraine

Chad

Holy See

Norfolk Island

United Arab Emirates

Chile

Honduras

Northern Mariana Islands

United Kingdom

China (Roc)

Hungary

Oman

United States Of America

Taipei

Iceland

Pakistan

U.S. Minor Outlying Islands

Christmas Island

India

Palau

Uruguay

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Indonesia

Palestinian National Authority

Uzbekistan

Colombia

Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Panama

Vanuatu

Comoros

Iraq

Papua New Guinea

Venezuela

Democratic Republic Of Congo (Kinshasa)

Ireland

Paraguay

Vietnam

Congo

Isle Of Man

Peru

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Republic Of Brazzaville

Italy

Philippines

Wallis And Futuna Islands

Cook Islands

Japan

Pitcairn Island

Western Sahara

Costa Rica

Jersey

Poland

Yemen

Ivory Coast

Jordan

Portugal

 

Croatia

Kazakhstan

Puerto Rico

 

Cuba

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

Qatar

 

 

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

 

Afghanistan

Ethiopia

Niger

South Sudan

Bangladesh

Iraq

Nigeria

Syria

Burkina Faso

Iran

Pakistan

Tunisia

Burundi

Khazakhstan

Palestinian National Authority

Turkey

Central Africa Republic

Lebanon

Russia

Ukraine

Cameroon

Libya

Rwanda

Uzbekistan

Chad

Mali

Somalia

Yemen

Egypt

Morocco

Sudan

 

 

 

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