Malawi Visa and Passport Requirements

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

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Passports

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

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.

Validity

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.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Malawi
Telephone: 177 2400. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-lilongwe 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. Website: http://www.malawiembassy-dc.org
High Commission of the Republic of Malawi in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7421 6010. Opening times: Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1600.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.