In November 2019, Malawi also launched an e-visa system enabling travellers to not only to register and fill in documents but also attach supporting documents and pay visa fees in advance, thereby streamlining and automating the visa process in advance of arrival. To apply for e-visa click here.
In January 2020 the cost of a single-entry visa to Malawi was reduced from US$75 to US$50. If preferred, visas can still be obtained in advance of travel from any Malawi Diplomatic Mission , who will ask for a completed application form (click here to download) and the requirements listed below, plus the requisite visa fee. If choosing to obtain a visa on arrival, to save time it is preferable to take the completed application form. In practice, the items listed below are not all requested, though the visa fee is payable in US$ cash.
- Valid passport for not less than six months
- Two passport photos
- Covering letter (giving flil details of the planned trip and written by the travellers themselves or by their tour operator if one has been used)
- Invitation letter (excludes tourists)
- Air ticket/Itinerary
- Confirmed Hotel booking
- Three months latest bank statements
- For more information see our provided links to various organizations above.
Malawi is a long, narrow country situated in the southern part of the Rift Valley lying between 9 and 17 degrees south of the equator. It covers 118,000 sq Km, of which a fifth is taken up by Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa). It is land-locked and surrounded by Mozambique to the east, south, and south-west, Zambia to the west, and Tanzania to the north. Lake Malawi is Africa’s third-largest and the world’s ninth-largest.
Besides the lake, Malawi offers visitors five national parks and several smaller game parks, modern and comfortable hotels, varied recreation facilities, and magnificent scenery which include a high mountain plateau throughout the country.
A duty-free import is permitted for the following items provided they are declared and carried in the passenger accompanied baggage;
200 cigarettes or 250gm of tobacco in any form, 1-quart spirits, 1-litre beer, and 1 quart of wine. This concession does not apply to those under 18. Visitors are allowed to bring in the country a reasonable amount of consumable goods to meet their immediate needs while traveling within Malawi.
About 80% of the population works in the subsistence sector, engaged mainly in smallholder farming, including the cultivation of cash crops. The rest of the economy is also agro-based, principally the processing of tobacco, tea, coffee, and sugar.
Smallholders raise cassava, maize, pulses, cotton, groundnuts, rice, fish, and livestock. The main export crops are tobacco, tea, and sugar. Other economic developments consist mainly of infrastructure and import-substitute products and secondary manufacturing for export. Banking, insurance, and other financial service industries are efficient and well developed. Tourism is rapidly becoming a major foreign exchange earner.