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Malawi Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
British Yes Yes Yes
Australian Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes
EU Yes Yes Yes/1


To enter Malawi, a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of intended departure is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

All nationals referred to in the chart above are required to have a return ticket except in special circumstances such as long-term study visits or working contracts.


Visas for Malawi are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except (1) nationals of Ireland, who do not require a visa.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy or high commission to check visa requirements for Malawi.

Visa Note

As of 1 October 2015, nationals of many countries who previously did not require a visa now do need a visa to enter Malawi. Nationals of certain countries, including the UK, can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport; check with the embassy/high commission for eligibility.

Types and Cost

Visa on arrival: Transit visa: US$50; single-entry visa: US$75; six-month multiple-entry visa: US$150; one-year multiple-entry visa: US$250.

Visa from the embassy/high commission: Transit visa: £50; single-entry visa: £65; six-month multiple-entry visa: £145; one-year multiple entry visa: £200.


Transit visa: seven days; single-entry visa: 90 days; multiple-entry visas: six months or one year.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission) or on arrival at the airport (for certain countries only).

Working days

Visa applications are processed in three days.

Sufficient Funds

Nationals who require a visa must show bank statements from the past three months when applying.

This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Malawi

Telephone: 177 2400.
Address: , Off Convention Drive, Lilongwe 3, P.O. box 30042,
Opening times:

Mon-Thurs 0730-1200 and 1330-1630; Fri 0730-1230.

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in the USA

Telephone: (202) 721 0270.
Address: , 2408 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008,
Opening times:

High Commission of the Republic of Malawi in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7421 6010.
Address: Holborn, 36 John Street, London, WC1N 2AT,
Opening times:

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1600.

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