Visa policy of Malawi

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Malawi Visa issued to a national of Singapore

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[edit]

Visa policy of Malawi

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 33 countries and territories can visit Malawi for up to 90 days without a visa:[2]

Holders of diplomatic, service or official passports of any country traveling on duty do not require a visa for 90 days.

Malawi government is working on implementation of an e-visa application system.[10]

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[edit]

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.[11]

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 53 countries:[12]

* – these countries are in both lists (visa on arrival and visa is required)

The information published by IATA differs to list issued by the Department of Immigration. According to this information the nationals of  China and  Serbia are eligible for visa on arrival to Malawi.[13]


Malawi plans to introduce eVisa system in 2019.[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ How To Get There - Passports & Visas
  2. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ Visa New Regime October 2015 (PDF)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Immigration Documents
  6. ^ Revised Visa Country Categories October 2016 (PDF)
  7. ^ PRESS STATEMENT On 17 May 2016 (PDF)
  8. ^ Was granted from 1 October 2015
  9. ^ PRESS RELEASE of Department of Immigration (PDF)
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ Malawi’s Immigration depart to introduce electronic Visas
  15. ^ Malawi: Un visa électronique en préparation

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