Entry requirements

British nationals do not require a visa in advance for tourist visits. Visitors are usually granted 30-day tourist visa at no charge on arrival; these can be renewed up to a maximum of 90 days at the cost of 5,000 Malawi Kwacha. It is recommended that you carry a photocopy of your passport and visa with you at all times.

The Malawi High Commission can also advise on other types of entry requirement, and the procedure for longer stays. You are not allowed to work as a volunteer, even unpaid, on a tourist visa. For details on entry requirements as a volunteer, contact theMalawi High Commission in London for advice.
Passport validity
Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the proposed date of entry.
Travelling with children
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country and/or before permitting the children to leave the country.

For further information on Malawi's immigration requirements please contact the Malawi High Commission in London.


Healthcare standards, particularly in the rural areas of Malawi, are generally poor.

Malaria and rabies are common to Malawi. Bilharzia can be contracted in many lake shore areas and rivers. Kasungu National Park is home to tsetse flies carrying sleeping sickness. Outbreaks of gastric intestinal infections and cholera are also common, especially during the rainy season (December to March).

Tap water may not be safe to drink, especially in rural areas. You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you suffer from diarrhoea during a visit to Malawi you should seek immediate medical attention.

In the 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 840,000 adults aged 15 or over in Malawi were living with HIV; the prevalence rate was estimated at around 11.9% of the adult population. This compares to the prevalence rate in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. For more general information on how to do this see our HIV and AIDSpage.

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Malawi and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

For further health advice from the NHS:
Click http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/malawi.aspx

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