*Entry to Malawi: Malawian airspace remains open for a limited number of commercial flights. On 23 December, Malawi closed all its land borders to non-residents. Visitors are still permitted entry when arriving by air.
*Testing/screening on arrival: If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your 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 distancing and hand hygiene, and must always use a mask in public.
*Testing/screening on departure: Anyone departing Malawi needs to provide a valid “Travel Certificate” to immigration showing that a negative COVID-19 test has been taken at any of the five government-designated testing centres within 72 hours of departure. Testing centres are located at a number of Government approved facilities, including: Mzuzu Central Hospital (Mzuzu), Kamuzu Central Hospital (Lilongwe), Public Health Institute (Lilongwe), Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Blantyre) and Zomba Central Hospital (Zomba). 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 and may delay your departure. Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in Malawi: 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.
*Accommodation: 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.
*Public places and services: 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.