The information on this page mostly reflects the situation before the global COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated accordingly as travel to Malawi re-opens and the new situation going forward becomes clear.
LAST UPDATE: May 2022
As of 1 June 2022, visitors from around the world can enter Malawi EITHER if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR if they produce a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hrs of arrival. See below for further details:
- Malawi’s borders were fully opened in August 2021 to allow entry for all travellers with a negative PCR test obtained no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. (PCR Test requirement applies to all travellers over 12 months of age). The official August release from the Malawi Ministry of Health can be downloaded by clicking here. And the latest Guidance on International Travel issued in September 2021 can be downloaded by clicking here.
- As from 10 December 2021 all travellers are requested to show a valid electronic COVID-19 full vaccination Certificate at point of entry. Those unable to show a certificate will be expected to access COVID-19 Vaccine made available for free. And anyone refusing the vaccine will undergo institutional quarantine for 10 days at their cost. Click here for the full statement.
- To ensure the integrity of presented certificates at Malawi’s borders, the Ministry of Health (in collaboration with the African Union and Africa CDC) are implementing an online system to authenticate and verify travellers COVID-19 certificates in line with the Trusted Travel (TT) framework. Click here for the announcement and click here for the guide to using the TT system.
- As from 1 May 2022, the previous requirement for all travellers departing Malawi to have a negative PCR test has been removed. Requirements on PCR tests and vaccination status for departure will be determined by the destination country. Click here for the announcement.
- As from 1 June 2022, all travellers that are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to produce negative PCR tests. All travellers that are not fully vaccinated or don’t have a valid electronically verifiable COVID-19 full vaccination certificate will be required to produce a negative PCR based COVID-19 certificate that is not older than 72 hours at the time of arrival in the country. Click here for the official announcement.
International Rules & Regulations on travelling to Malawi
The following table lists the most common source countries for international visitors to Malawi. The table includes a link to their official government website detailing the current rules & regulations on travelling to Malawi, with particular reference to COVID-19. Some countries have dedicated pages with guidance for Malawi itself, and they are included where possible. Other countries have a general guidance for departing citizens along with rules & regulations for when they return home. Also in the table are links to a list of tour operators in each country that sell Malawi, pre-filtered from our International Tour Operators & Travel Agents selling Malawi page.
If you believe any of the links to be incorrect, please contact us and we will update them.
|Country of Departure||COVID-19 Regulations||Tour Operators|
|Argentina||Link||Click to View|
|Austria||Link||Click to View|
|Belgium||Link||Click to View|
|Brazil||Link||Click to View|
|Bulgaria||Link||Click to View|
|Canada||Link||Click to View|
|China||Available Soon||Click to View|
|Czech Republic||Link||Click to View|
|Denmark||Link||Click to View|
|England||Link||Click to View|
|Finland||Link||Click to View|
|France||Link||Click to View|
|Germany||Link||Click to View|
|India||Link||Click to View|
|Ireland||Link||Click to View|
|Italy||Link||Click to View|
|Japan||Link||Click to View|
|Northern Ireland||Link||Click to View|
|Norway||Link||Click to View|
|Poland||Link||Click to View|
|Portugal||Link||Click to View|
|Russia||Link||Click to View|
|Scotland||https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/red-amber-and-green-list-countries/">Link||Click to View|
|South Africa||Link||Click to View|
|Spain||Link||Click to View|
|Sweden||Link||Click to View|
|Switzerland||Link||Click to View|
|The Netherlands||Link||Click to View|
|Turkey||Link||Click to View|
|United States||Link||Click to View|
|Wales||Link||Click to View|
Flights to Malawi
For intercontinental flights from Europe South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways (also with KLM) offer good options to Malawi, with routes involving an aircraft change at their respective national hubs (Johannesburg, Addis Ababa and Nairobi). 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 Malawi 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. Malawi 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.
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.
Please see the separate Visa Guide for information on visas for Malawi, including a link to the e-visa system introduced in November 2019.