The government of Malawi has just announced that acquiring visas to the country will get easier from 1 November this year. Instead of having to fill out paperwork and apply upon arrival or prior to travel at an embassy, visitors will soon be able to apply and receive confirmation of their visa online.

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Lake Malawi in Nkhata Bay, Malawi ©LMspencer/Shutterstock

Visitors will need to register at, before starting their e-Visa application. The site includes an “Eligibility Wizard” that will tell each applicant what requirements are needed from them after they have input your proposed travel dates, nationality and type of e-Visa required.

Passport photos and documents can be uploaded on the site, after which the applicant will be required to pay for the e-Visa online by debit or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). A single-entry visa valid for 90-days of travel costs US$75 (€67) for most nationalities (multiple-entry visas valid for six/12 months cost US$150/€135/US$250/€225). After the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has reviewed each application, they will notify the applicant with an e-Visa Approval Letter via email within three working days.

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Documents and photos can be uploaded to the website ©Westend61/Getty Images

The successful applicants will need to download and print the e-Visa document to show immigration officials upon arrival in the country. It’s hoped this process will make for smoother arrivals into the country that is already famous for its friendliness. It’s the latest step of many by the country to boost its tourism industry. The wildlife renaissance in the nation’s parks has already been making waves in safari circles.

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