Malawi named one of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel Top Countries for 2022! Find out more.
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Getting There

COVID Requirements

As of 5 June 2023, visitors from around the world can enter Malawi without the need for any COVID-related vaccination or test. Click here for the official announcement confirming the change in regulations.

Flights to Malawi

For intercontinental flights from Europe Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways (also with KLM) offer good options to Malawi, with routes involving an aircraft change at their respective national hubs (Addis Ababa and Nairobi). Those international flights land in either the capital Lilongwe or Blantyre. South African Airways and Malawi Airlines also now connect Lilongwe and Blantyre to Johannesburg, allowing travellers to reach Malawi via all the international airlines that serve that busy intercontinental hub. That applies in particular to Star Alliance member airlines since SAA is a member, as is Ethiopian Airlines, which is a 49% stakeholder in Malawi Airlines.

Southern African regional airline Airlink also began flights between Johannesburg and Malawi in September 2023. Airlink’s code-shares and interline agreements with no less than 31 international airlines have given another significant boost to Malawi’s ease of access. Furthermore, as of February 2024, Airlink expanded their service to Blantyre to now offer five flights a week, and whilst also offering four flights a week to Lilongwe both from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Regional links between Malawi and Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also provided by Malawi Airlines and such connections can sometimes be used in conjunction with another African or European airline flying to those countries from 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.

For a practical guide to entering Malawi from Tanzania, check out this blog by Happy Irish Wanderers written in late 2023.

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.


As from 7 February 2024 and with immediate effect, Malawi has removed the requirement for visas to enter the country for nationalities of 79 countries, including many in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Please see the separate Visa Guide for further information on visas for Malawi, including a link to the e-visa system for those that do still need it.


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