How to get a visa for Malawi (Updated 2015)

Below is the latest advice and guidelines on how to get a visa for Malawi.

How to get a visa for Malawi (Updated 2015)

1.0

INTRODUCTION

Visa means an endorsement or an entry in a passport or other travel document made by an immigration officer or any official of the government authorized to do so to indicate that the bearer thereof has been granted permission to enter or er-enter the country concerned.(Laws of Malawi CAP 15:03)

A visa in Malawi just grants permission to someone to enter into the country. Once it has been issued, it has to be used within the validity period from the date of issue. However, the validity of the visa is not the same as the authorized period of stay. The validity of the visa indicates the time period when entry is permitted into the country. Depending on the purpose of visit, a traveller who has a valid visa is granted a Visitors Permit (VP) or Business Visit (BV) at the point of entry valid for 30 days and can be extended up to 90 days. If the person decides to exit the country with the intention to return to Malawi, then he/she will need to acquire another visa on entry.

Holders of Temporary Employment Permits, Business Residence Permits, Students Permits and Permanent Residence Permits coming from countries that require a Visa to enter Malawi are exempted.

2.0 NATIONALITIES WHICH REQUIRE VISA TO ENTER MALAWI

Any country that require Malawians to buy visa except for;

  1. Nationals from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries, except for those countries that subject Malawians to a Visa within SADC;
  2. Nationals from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries, except for those countries that subject Malawians to a Visa within COMESA;
  3. Diplomats accredited to Malawi;
  4. All Diplomatic and Service/Official Passport holders coming for official business, and
  5. Other ordinary Passport holders coming on official Government business.

3.0  VISA CATEGORIES IN MALAWI

  • 1  Transit Visa 

  • This is for the purpose of passing through Malawi to a destination outside Malawi. Validity of transit visa is limited to 7 days in Malawi. A person in possession of a transit VISA cannot exit Malawi through the same port of entry.Where this happens the transit Visa will be ugraded to a normal Visa and the person will be charged normal visa rate accordingly.
  • 2  Single Entry Visa
  • In Malawi, single Entry visa means the traveller is granted permission to enter Malawi and apply for a visitors permit and the visa is canceled as soon as the holder enters Malawi. However, if a 
traveller leaves Malawi just after making an entry, it means he has to buy another visa if he intends to enter Malawi again.

3.3 Multiple Entry visa

A multiple entry visa allows travellers to make multiple entries into Malawi within the validity of the visa.

3.4 Gratis visa

This is the visa which is issued for free to diplomats and government officials from countries that require visa to enter Malawi

The table below shows categories of Visas and applicable fees payable. Different rates apply for the same type of Visa depending on whether it has been paid for in Malawi or at a Malawi Diplomatic Mission:

CATEGORY Within Malawi (US Dollars) Malawi Diplomatic Missions (US Dollars)
Transit valid for 7 days 50 70
Single entry (to be used within 3 months from date of issue) 75 100
Multiple entry valid for 6months 150 220
Multiple entry valid for 12months 250 300
Gratis Free Free

4.0  ENTRIES INTO MALAWI

Entries into Malawi can be made at any land border or airport. A traveller is requested to present his or her traveling document to an Immigration Officer and if the traveller is coming from a country that requires visa to enter Malawi, then he will be required to buy visa and requested to state the number of days he wishes to stay in Malawi an endorsement of which is made in his/her passport. On the other hand if the traveller is coming from a country that does not require visa to enter Malawi then only the number of days and entry endorsement is made in the passport.

Travellers are strongly encouraged to obtain their visas well in advance at their nearest Malawi Diplomatic Mission to avoid unnecessary inconveniences at the port of entry. However, in exceptional circumstances the visas can be acquired on entry into Malawi. A visa that is issued at the port of entry would have followed the normal application process where application forms are downloaded on the Malawi Immigration website and sent by email to the Immigration Department.

In reference to the above statement, nationals from countries listed on 5.3 (Appendix) MUST obtain their visas in advance.

A Visa in Malawi applies to all Passport holders coming from countries that require a Visa to enter Malawi, and as long as children are holding their own Passports which is the practice presently, the Visa will apply to them as well.

Travellers to embassies within Malawi who are not in a category of diplomatic staff (who do not hold diplomatic passports) or are not on official business are not exempted from visa and visa payment.

5.0  APPENDIX

5.1 COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS DO NOT NEED VISA TO ENTER MALAWI

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, FIJI, BAHAMAS,  GAMBIA,  BARBADOS,  GRENADA,  BELIZE, BOTSWANA,  HONG KONG, IRELAND,  DOMINICA,  ISRAEL, SOUTH AFRICA, 
JAMAICA,  ST. KITTS NEVIS, KENYA,  ST. LUCIA, 
KIRIBATI,  ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, SWAZILAND, LESOTHO, TANZANIA, 
MALAYSIA,  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO,  MAURITIUS,  TUVALU, 
MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, 
NAURU, 
NORTHERN IRELAND SAMO (WESTERN, ) SEYCHELLES,  UGANDA , ZAMBIA,  ZIMBABWE

5.2 NATIONS WHOSE NATIONALS NEED VISA WHEN COMING TO MALAWI

AFGHANISTAN,  ALBANIA, 
ALGERIA,  AMERICAN SAMOA,  ANDORRA,  ANGOLA,  ANGUILLA,  ANTARCTICA,  ARGENTINA,  ARMENIA, ARUBA, 
ASCENSION ISLAND,  AUSTRALIA, 
AUSTRIA,  AZERBAIJAN, BARRAIN,  BANGLADESH,  BELARUS, BELGIUM, 
BENIN, BERMUDA, BHUTAN, BOLIVIA, 
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA,  BOUVET ISLAND,  BRAZIL, 
BRITAIN, 
BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY,  BRUNEI, 
BULGARIA, 
BURKINA FASO, 
BURUNDI, CANADA, 
CAMBODIA, 
MANEROON, 
CAPE VERDE, 
CAYMAN ISLAND,  CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC,  CHAD, 
CHILE, 
CHINA (ROC) TAIPEI,  CHRISTMAS ISLAND,  COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS , COLOMBIA, COMOROS , DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (KINSHASA), CONGO, REPUBLIC OF BRAZAVILLE, COOK ISLANDS, 
COSTA RICA, 
IVORY COAST, CROATIA, 
CUBA, 
CYPRUS
, CZECH REPUBLIC, 
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, DENMARK, DJIBOUTI
, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EAST TIMOR TIMOR-LESTE,  ECUADOR, 
EGYPT, 
EL SALVADOR
EQUATORIAL GUINEA,
ERITREA, 
ESTONIA, 
ETHIOPIA, FALKLAND ISLANDS, 
FAROE ISLANDS, 
FINLAND, 
FRANCE, 
FRENCH GUIANA, 
FRENCH METROPOLITAN,  FRENCH POLYNESIA, 
FRENCH SOUTHERN TERRITORIES , GABON,  GEORGIA,  GERMANY,  GHANA,  GIBRALTAR,  GREECE,  GREENLAND,  GUADELOUPE,  GUAM , GUYANA,  GUATEMALA,  GUERNSEY,  GUINEA,  GUINEA-BISSAU,  HAITI, 
HEARD AND MC DONALD ISLANDS,  HOLY SEE,
HONDURAS, HUNGARY, ICELAND, 
INDIA, 
INDONESIA, 
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF),  IRAQ , ISLE OF MAN,  ITALY, JAPAN,  JERSEY,  JORDAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REP.(NORTH KOREA) , KOREA, REPUBLIC OF (SOUTH KOREA),  KUWAIT
, KYRGYZSTAN,  LAO, PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC LATVIA
, LEBANON, 
LIBERIA, 
LIBYA, 
LIECHTENSTEIN, 
LITHUANIA, 
LUXEMBOURG, MADAGASCAR, 
MACAU, MACEDONIA, REPUBLIC OF MALI , MALDIVE ISLAND,  MALTA, 
MARSHALL ISLANDS,  MARTINIQUE,  MAURITANIA,  MAYOTTE, MEXICO
, MICRONESIA, FEDERAL STATES OF MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF MONACO, 
MONGOLIA
, MONTENERGO
, MONTSERRAT, 
MOROCCO, MYANMAR, BURMA,
NEPAL, 
NETHERLANDS, 
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, 
NEW CALEDONIA, 
NEW ZEALAND, 
NICARAGUA, 
NIGER, 
NIGERIA, 
NIUE, 
NORFOLK ISLAND , NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS,  OMAN, ROMANIA, 
RUSSIAN FEDERATION,  RWANDA , PAKISTAN
, PALAU
PALESTINIAN NATIONAL AUTHORITY,  PANAMA, 
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
, PARAGUAY, 
PERU, 
PHILIPPINES, 
PITCAIRN ISLAND, 
POLAND, 
PORTUGAL, 
PUERTO RICO, QATAR, REUNION ISLAND , SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE,  SAUDI ARABIA, 
SAN MARINO, 
SENEGAL , SERBIA, 
SINGAPORE, 
SIERRA LEONE
, SLOVAKIA (SLAVAK REPUBLIC),  SLOVENIA, SRI LANKAN, SOLOMON ISLAND, SOMALIA , SOUTH GEORGIA AND SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS ,SAINT HELENA, 
SPAIN
, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, SUDAN, 
SURINAME
SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN ISLANDS SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
SYRIA, SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC, 
TAJIKISTAN, 
THAILAND, 
TIBET, 
TIMOR-LESTE (EAST TIMOR), 
TONGA, 
TOGO, TOKELAU, TUNISIA, TURKEY,
TURKMENISTAN,
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, UKRAINE,UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, U.S. MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS, URUGUAY,
UZBEKISTAN, VANUATU,
VENEZUELA
,VEITNAM,
VIRGIN ISLANDS (U.S.), WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, WESTERN SAHARA, YEMEN.

5.3 COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS MUST HAVE A VISA IN ADVANCE TO ENTER MALAWI

AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, BURKINAFASO, BURUNDI, CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, CAMEROON, CHAD, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA IRAQ, IRAN, KHAZAKHSTAN, LEBANON, LIBYA, MALI, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, PALESTINIAN NATIONAL AUTHORITY, RUSSIA, RWANDA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SOUTH SUDAN, SYRIA, TUNISIA, TURKEY, UKRAIN, UZBEKSTAN, YEMEN

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