Visitors to Malawi must obtain a visa from one of the Malawian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival.[1]

Visa policy map

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Visa exemption

Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Malawi for up to 90 days without a visa:[2]

In addition, on 7 February 2024, the Malawi government has waived requirements for citizens of the following countries to boost tourism:[3]

Holders of diplomatic, service or official passports of any country traveling on duty do not require a visa for 90 days. And Laissez-Passer holders of United Nations, African Union, African Development Bank, International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa and Preferential Trade Area.

Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a maximum transit time of 24 hours can transit without a visa through Malawi. This facility is not applicable to nationals of Egypt, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

Visa on arrival

Nationals of certain countries may obtain a visa on arrival to Malawi. The information on which countries are eligible is inconsistent.

Depending on the purpose of visit, a traveler who has a valid visa is granted a Visitors Permit (VP) or Business Visit (BV) at the port of entry valid for 30 days and can be extended up to a maximum period of 90 days.[13]

According to a document published by the Department of Immigration, nationals of all countries that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. This is not applicable to nationals of the following countries: [14]

Electronic Visa (e-Visa)

Malawi launched an e-Visa application system on 1 November 2019.[15][16][17]

See also


  1. ^ "How to get there - Passports & Visas".
  2. ^ "Visa and passport". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Emirates. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Malawi government".
  4. ^ "Malawi - Travel Page". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore). 4 June 2024. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  5. ^ "Ghana and Malawi introduce visa-free".
  6. ^ "Visa New Regime October 2015 (PDF)" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Malawi Introduces Visas for European, Asian Visitors".
  8. ^ "Immigration Documents".
  9. ^ "Revised Visa Country Categories October 2016 (PDF)" (PDF).
  10. ^ "PRESS STATEMENT On 17 May 2016 (PDF)" (PDF).
  11. ^ Was granted from 1 October 2015
  12. ^ "PRESS RELEASE of Department of Immigration (PDF)" (PDF).
  13. ^ "::Department of Immigration Republic of Malawi::". Archived from the original on 2018-05-10. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  14. ^ "Countries need Visa – Department of Immigration. Republic of Malawi". Archived from the original on 2019-06-22. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  15. ^ "Malawi eVisa".
  16. ^ [user-generated source]
  17. ^ "Malawi : le pays lance son service de visa électronique".