New Visa Regime for Malawi

As from 1 October 2015, Malawi is now implementing its new visa regime.

The following advice has been issued by Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium:

Visas to enter Malawi are now required for nationals of those countries where Malawian¹s are required to pay for visas. These countries include, but are not limited to, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Schengen member states (Europe), Australia and New Zealand.

Please use the links below to check which nationalities require a visa.

Visas for the majority of nationalities can be obtained on arrival in Malawi. 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 inconveniencesis to obtain a Malawi visa in advance of travel from the nearest Malawi Diplomatic Mission. We have updated our website as accurately as we are able with the latest contacts for those Missions

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
  • Air ticket/Itinerary
  • Confirmed Hotel booking
  • Three months latest bank statements

Applications on arrival are still being processed without these requirements, but taking as many as possible should smooth the process.

International Tour Operators with bookings made through local Malawi ground handlers prior to the new regime should have been contacted by their local ground handler to obtain a visa waiver for their clients. Please contact your ground handler in the first instance for any matters relating to existing bookings.

Further info

For an explanation of the new system, including visa costs and list of which nationalities need visas: How to Get There webpage or PDF Download

For contacts for Malawi¹s diplomatic Missions around the world: How to Get There webpage

Visa New Regime October 2015 ­ Official document: PDF download

Press statement from Malawi Ministry of Home Affairs: PDF download

Malawi Immigration: homepage

Malawi High Commission in the UK: Visas webpage.