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Visas are not needed by citizens of Commonwealth countries, the USA and most European nations (except Switzerland). Visas are limited to 30 days, although extensions are easy to get.

Visa extensions

You can get an visa extensions at immigration offices in Blantyre or Lilongwe or at regional police stations. It’s straightforward and free.

Visas for onward travel

If you need visas for neighbouring countries while in Malawi, these are the conditions:

Mozambique Visas are available in Lilongwe and Limbe; both offices are open from 8am to noon Monday to Friday. One-month single-entry visas cost US$15 and take four working days to issue, but you can pay extra to have it issued in one day.

South Africa Visas are free and take two days to issue. The high commission in Lilongwe is open from 8am to noon Monday to Friday.

Tanzania There is no Tanzanian representation in Malawi, but visas are administered at the border, or on arrival at the airport, and cost US$50.

Zambia The cost of a single-entry visa depends on your nationality: Brits pay US$60, all others pay US$30. Applications can be made between 8am and 4.30pm (closed between 12.30pm and 2pm) on Monday and Tuesday, or Wednesday morning and passport collection is on Friday only, between 8am and noon.