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Malawi travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Flight Restrictions

1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Malawi.
– This does not apply to nationals of Malawi.
– This does not apply to passengers who reside in Malawi.
2. Nationals and residents of Malawi are required to self-isolate. They will be monitored by health personnel.

Quarantine

Travelers who are symptomatic and have a travel history to mainland China, Iran, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, the United States, South Africa, Seychelles, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Tanzania or any of the countries in the European Union in the preceding 14 days are taken to an isolation room at the airport for further medical investigation. Travelers who have been to mainland China, Iran, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, the United States, South Africa, Seychelles, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Tanzania or any of the countries in the European Union recently but are asymptomatic are referred for self-quarantine either at home and daily check-ups for 14 days. Travelers to Malawi arriving from countries on this list who are made to self-quarantine will not be allowed to self-quarantine in hotels or lodges in Malawi.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2013)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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  • Malawi *****

    International restrictions:

    Visitors from high-risk countries for coronavirus, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit. Returning residents will need to conduct a mandatory period of self-isolation for 14 days on arrival and will remain under surveillance by health workers. Anyone who is unable to self-isolate at home may be transferred to a local treatment facility for the self-isolation period. Travellers are not permitted to self-isolate in a hotel or lodge. The Ministry of Health is now screening all travellers on arrival. Individuals showing with symptoms of coronavirus may be moved into a treatment facility.
    Current information is available from the Malawi Ministry of Health Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/malawimoh]. Land borders remain open for Malawi nationals and residents only.
    The Malawian government has announced increased screenings at its two international airports – Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe and Chileka International Airport (CIA) in Blantyre. The Ministry of Health has intensified its screening of incoming passengers using a questionnaire that all arriving passengers need to complete. The questionnaire requests information on recent travel history and the presence of current symptoms of COVID-19. There are health teams stationed at the arrival sections of both airports and the screening includes a thermal scanner to check body temperature at KIA.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Malawi High Court indefinitely barred lockdown implementation. COVID-19 has been declared a national disaster. The national security forces have been ordered to enforce restrictions. The following measures will be in place until further notice: closure of all bars, pubs and restaurants, except for take away services. All religious, social and cultural gatherings are to be suspended, except for funerals, which cannot be attended by more than 50 people.

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    29.06.2020
  • Malawi Malawi has restricted the entry of all non-Malawi nationals and residents arriving from countries with coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, and suspended issuing visas to citizens of those countries.

    International restrictions:

    International flights are suspended until further notice. Exemption will be made for flights carrying medical personnel and emergency relief items. Repatriation flights will be handled on a case-by-case basis. All land borders but three have been closed. Those open allow transit of essential services and goods such as petroleum products. The Government of Malawi cancelled visas issued prior to 20 March 2020 and has suspended issuance of visas on arrival. Returning residents who are symptomatic and have a travel history to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, mainland China, Congo, (DRC), Ecuador, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, the US, or any of the countries in the European Union in the preceding 14 days are taken to an isolation room at the airport for further medical investigation. Returning residents who are symptomatic and have a travel history to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, mainland China, Congo, DRC, Ecuador, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, the US, or any of the countries in the European Union in the preceding 14 days are taken to an isolation room at the airport for further medical investigation. Returning residents who have been to these countries but are asymptomatic are referred for self-quarantine either at home and daily check-ups for 14 days. Returning residents to Malawi arriving from countries on this list who are made to self-quarantine will not be allowed to self-quarantine in hotels or lodges in Malawi.

    Internal restrictions:

    Malawi High Court indefinitely barred lockdown implementation. COVID-19 has been declared a national disaster. The national security forces have been ordered to enforce restrictions. The following measures will be in place until further notice: closure of all bars, pubs and restaurants, except for take away services. All religious, social and cultural gatherings are to be suspended, except for funerals, which cannot be attended by more than 50 people.

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    27.05.2020
  • Malawi 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Malawi.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Malawi.
    – This does not apply to passengers who reside in Malawi.
    2. Nationals and residents of Malawi are required to self-isolate for 14 days. They will be monitored by health personnel.

    International flights are suspended until further notice. Exemption will be made for flights carrying medical personnel and emergency relief items. Repatriation flights will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
    The Government of Malawi cancelled visas issued prior to 20 March 2020 and has suspended issuance of visas on arrival.
    Returning residents who are symptomatic and have a travel history to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, mainland China, Congo, (DRC), Ecuador, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, the US, or any of the countries in the European Union in the preceding 14 days are taken to an isolation room at the airport for further medical investigation. Returning residents who have been to these countries but are asymptomatic are referred for self-quarantine either at home and daily check-ups for 14 days. Returning residents to Malawi arriving from countries on this list who are made to self-quarantine will not be allowed to self-quarantine in hotels or lodges in Malawi.

    Internal restrictions:

    The implementation of a nationwide lockdown order has been postponed until at least 29 April pending a decision by the High Court. COVID-19 has been declared a national disaster. The national security forces have been ordered to enforce restrictions.
    Closure of all bars, pubs and restaurants, except for take away services. All religious, social and cultural gatherings are to be suspended, except for funerals, which cannot be attended by more than 50 people.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Browse/Report?subContentTypes=Alerts%2CTravel%20Advisories]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://mw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malawi]
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