Malawi is a welcoming country for visitors, and the visa-application process is relatively easy and affordable.

Visas are required for all countries that require visitor visas for Malawians, which includes the UK, the US and most of Europe. Here’s how to get a visa to visit Malawi

What you need to know about visas in Malawi 

If you’re planning to visit Malawi, you should apply in advance for an e-visa. You will need a passport valid for six months from your arrival date in the country, and you may need to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival. Your doctor will provide this document as part of your pre-trip vaccinations; pack it just in case.

Ensure you have a valid visa for Malawi before you travel, as you might not be able to get a visa on arrival or at the country’s land borders.

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Malawi’s multiple-entry visa is valid for six months – but pay attention to the permit element, which dictates how long you can stay in the country for a single visit. The permit is for 30 days, with a possible extension of two additional lots of 30 days. Extensions cost about MK10,000 (US$12.25) each time and can be obtained at local immigration offices. Get the extension before your initial permit expires, or you run the risk of deportation.

A Malawian boy in a brown shirt smiles widely
With its natural beauty and wonderful people, you’ll want to stay for a while in Malawi, so be sure to apply for the right visa © Karen Kasmauski / Getty Images

The permit allows you to visit on vacation, see family, do volunteer work or make a short work visit.

Visas cost US$50 for a 7-day transit period (for people traveling through Malawi within a week) and a single entry; US$150 for multiple entries over six months; and US$250 for multiple entries over 12 months.

If you plan to work for an NGO in Malawi, your organization will need to apply on your behalf for a two-year employment permit.

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