In October 2015, Malawi introduced new visa requirements to include nationals of those countries where Malawian’s are required to pay for visas. Please see the tables below to check which nationalities require a visa and for contacts for Malawi’s Diplomatic Missions around the world.
Visas for the majority of nationalities can be obtained on arrival in Malawi (excluding those specified below as having to obtain them in advance). (Note: due to Coronavirus, Visa on Arrival was suspended as from 26 March 2020)
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 visit https://www.evisa.gov.mw/
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 full 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.