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Malawi travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
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Published on 27.11.2020
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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Malawi
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers must hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test obtained within 10 days prior to arrival to Malawi.
  • Passengers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
  • Passengers travelling to Malawi must submit a completed Travel Surveillance Form (TSF) on arrival.
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

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to PCR.

Individuals testing positive for coronavirus on arrival may be taken for treatment at a government facility.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of arrival. You may also be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at your own expense.

Anyone departing Malawi needs to provide proof that a negative COVID-19 test has been taken within 10 days of departure. Please seek guidance from your local medical provider on how you can obtain a COVID-19 test. Mandatory COVID-19 testing will also take place on departure if you fail to produce a valid negative test certificate or if the airport staff judge you to display COVID-19 symptoms. This test will be at your own expense.

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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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Full Restrictions

  • Malawi International Restrictions:
    On 1 September Malawi re-opened it’s airspace to a limited number of weekly commercial flights. Entry to Malawi, via land borders, continues to be prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi. No animals (domestic pets) are permitted to enter or leave the country at this time.
    Testing/screening on arrival – If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of arrival. You may also be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at your own expense. Passengers may be required to remain at the airport or a testing centre until their COVID-19 test results are known, usually within 24 hours. Current information is available from the Malawi Ministry of Health Facebook page.
    Quarantine requirements – Individuals testing positive for coronavirus on arrival may be taken for treatment at a government facility. All other individuals will be required to self-monitor for COVID-19 signs and symptoms for 14 days after arrival. This allows the traveller to interact with others but they will be required to strictly observe physical distance and hand hygiene, and must always use a mask in public.
    Testing/screening on departure – Anyone departing Malawi needs to provide proof that a negative COVID-19 test has been taken within 10 days of departure. Please seek guidance from your local medical provider on how you can obtain a COVID-19 test. Mandatory COVID-19 testing will also take place on departure if you fail to produce a valid negative test certificate or if the airport staff judge you to display COVID-19 symptoms. This test will be at your own expense.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory. Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.

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    10.11.2020
  • Malawi Latest News: Limited flight operations in Lilongwe to resume on September 1 (Reuters, 27.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Effective September 5, 2020, Kamuzu international Airport re-opened to commercial air traffic and at present there are four commercial flights a week operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways. Entry to Malawi, via land borders, continues to be prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi. No animals (domestic pets) are permitted to enter or leave the country at this time.
    The government is requiring all arriving passengers into the Republic of Malawi to produce a negative SARS Cov-2 PCR test certificate obtained within 10 days prior to arrival in Malawi. Although the Malawian health authorities have indicated testing may be available upon arrival for US$ 100, it is recommended all travellers have their testing done in advance to avoid complications during travel or denial of entry. All arriving passengers will be required to proceed on self-quarantine for l4 days during the time they will be followed up by Health Authorities.
    Departure: The government is also requiring a negative SARS Cov-2 PCR test certificate obtained within 10 days of departure from Malawi. The test must be taken in a Government of Malawi approved testing facility. To be tested, bring your passport, a flight itinerary, and US$ 100. Please be sure to check with Government of Malawi for the most up to date departure requirements.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory. Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.

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    29.09.2020
  • Malawi Limited flight operations in Lilongwe to resume on September 1 (Reuters, 27.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    On 1 September Malawi re-opened it’s airspace to a limited number of weekly commercial flights. Entry to Malawi, via land borders, continues to be prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi. No animals (domestic pets) are permitted to enter or leave the country at this time. There are limited charter flights still operating to Lilongwe from Addis Ababa.The following travel companies are operating scheduled commercial charter flights: Ulendo Travels – Lilongwe to Lusaka and Dar es Salam on a number of dates throughout July and August from where there are onward flights to multiple destinations, including the UK. Interested passengers should call +265 (0) 999-970 700, +256 (0) 888 700 250 or email kisa@ulendo.net or harry@ulendo.net for further information. Satguru Travels (jointly with Ethiopian Airways) – from Lilongwe to Addis Ababa on or around 4 August (final date tbc) from where there are onward flights to multiple destinations including the UK. Expressions of interest should be made as soon as possible to: mobile number: +265 992 650 650 / +265 992 85 08 50 / +265 888 52 86 59 or email: bharat.tolani@satgurutravel.com

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    Internal restrictions:

    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory. Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.
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    09.09.2020
  • Malawi *****

    International restrictions:

    Entry to Malawi is prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi.Although commercial routes remain closed, there are limited charter flights still operating to Lilongwe from Addis Ababa.The following travel companies are operating scheduled commercial charter flights: Ulendo Travels – Lilongwe to Lusaka and Dar es Salam on a number of dates throughout July and August from where there are onward flights to multiple destinations, including the UK. Interested passengers should call +265 (0) 999-970 700, +256 (0) 888 700 250 or email kisa@ulendo.net or harry@ulendo.net for further information. Satguru Travels (jointly with Ethiopian Airways) – from Lilongwe to Addis Ababa on or around 4 August (final date tbc) from where there are onward flights to multiple destinations including the UK. Expressions of interest should be made as soon as possible to: mobile number: +265 992 650 650 / +265 992 85 08 50 / +265 888 52 86 59 or email: bharat.tolani@satgurutravel.com

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    Internal restrictions:

    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory.Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.

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    14.08.2020
  • Malawi *****

    International restrictions:

    Entry to Malawi is prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi. Although commercial routes remain closed, there are limited charter flights still operating to Lilongwe from Addis Ababa.
    Commercial flights to and from Malawi remain very limited. The Ministry of Health is now screening all travellers on arrival. Individuals showing with symptoms of coronavirus may be moved into a treatment facility. Malawian MOH Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/malawimoh]. 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. Ulendo Travels are operating charter flights from Lilongwe/Blantyre to Dar es Salam on 22 July and to Lusaka on 26 and 29 July. There will be onward flights to multiple destinations. Interested passengers should call +265 (0) 999-970 700, +256 (0) 888 700 250 or email [kisa@ulendo.net] or [harry@ulendo.net] for further information.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory. Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.

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    28.07.2020
  • Malawi *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Malawi remain very limited. Visitors from high-risk countries, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit. The Ministry of Health is now screening all travellers on arrival. Individuals showing with symptoms of coronavirus may be moved into a treatment facility. Malawian MOH Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/malawimoh]. 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. Ulendo Travels are operating charter flights from Lilongwe/Blantyre to Dar es Salam on 22 July and to Lusaka on 26 and 29 July. There will be onward flights to multiple destinations. Interested passengers should call +265 (0) 999-970 700, +256 (0) 888 700 250 or email [kisa@ulendo.net] or [harry@ulendo.net] for further information.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory. Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.

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    21.07.2020
  • Malawi *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Malawi remain very limited. Visitors from high-risk countries, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit. The Ministry of Health is now screening all travellers on arrival. Individuals showing with symptoms of coronavirus may be moved into a treatment facility. Malawian MOH Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/malawimoh]. 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.
    Satguru Travels are operating a charter flight, jointly with Ethiopian Airlines, from Lilongwe to Addis Ababa on 18 July. There will be onward flights to multiple destinations. This flight is available to tourists, short term visitors and their direct dependents and interested travelers who wish to travel from or to Malawi around mid July. Interested passengers should register [copy and paste the link on your browser]: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc22jQ6vVSmYawUm8iviMXrP1EcvkaX6AGmfLuEQ__3NZkZfQ/viewform

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    Internal restrictions:

    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory. Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.

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    14.07.2020
  • Malawi *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Malawi remain very limited. Visitors from high-risk countries, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit. The Ministry of Health is now screening all travellers on arrival. Individuals showing with symptoms of coronavirus may be moved into a treatment facility. Malawian MOH Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/malawimoh]. 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.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not mandatory. Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. Schools have been closed since 23 March and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings have also been advised in public, but are not mandatory.

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    13.07.2020
  • 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 OSAC Travel Advisories/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Ministry of Health/
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