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Entering Malawi – Immigration and Visa Matters

Entering Malawi – Immigration and Visa Matters

Malawi Immigration System

Below is a basic introduction to the Malawi immigration system.

Please contact your closest Malawi embassy or consulate outside Malawi or an Immigration Office inside Malawi for official advice.

A valid passport is required, with at least six months of validity remaining after you intend to depart Malawi, and you should be in possession of an onward or return ticket, though this is seldom checked.

Travellers coming from countries whose nationals are required to have visas prior to entry into Republic of Malawi (a full list is available at ), are strongly advised to obtain their visas well in advance at their nearest Malawi Diplomatic Mission abroad before traveling.

However, visas can be obtained on arrival with the exception of the countries listed on the website.

Proof of Yellow Fever vaccinations only need to be presented by travellers coming from countries that are at risk.

Visa Fees on Arrival

Fees payable on issue of Visa in Malawi

Transit Visa USD50

Single Entry Visa USD75

Multiple Entry Visa for Six Months USD150

Multiple Entry Visa for Twelve Months USD250

Visa Extension and Temporary Residence Permit

Once in Malawi, travellers with one-month single-entry visa can apply to extend it to three months total at the immigration offices in Malawi.

This costs MK5,000 per month and MK10,000 for two months in cash.

Temporary Residence Permit, lasting up to six months and available at Immigration offices in Lilongwe and Blantyre costs USD100.

It takes around one or two months to be issued and will expire once you leave Malawi.