Foreign travel advice

Malawi

Summary

On 8 November 2017, there will be a planned demonstration between 9am and 11am in central Lilongwe around the Area 18 roundabout, through the city centre roundabout and up to the Civic Offices. You should avoid demonstrations, remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local security authorities and your tour operator.

Following unrest and violence in the Mount Mulanje area, there are reports of tensions and unrest spreading to rural parts and township areas of Blantyre, Zomba and Nsanje districts. On 19 October 2017, there are also reports of unrest and disturbances on the Chileka Road which is the main route to the airport from Blantyre. You should exercise extreme caution in these areas, especially after dark, avoid any demonstrations or large groups of people and follow local security advice.

At least 6 people have been killed in recent violent incidents in the Mount Mulanje area. This unrest has been linked to rumours of people coming to the area to steal blood from local residents for use in ‘black magic’ rituals. People not known to the local community are most likely to be the targets of violence. Tensions remain high and have spread to the neighbouring districts of Thyolo, Chiradzulu and Phalombe. You should exercise extreme caution in these areas.

From 1 October 2015 British visitors need a visa to enter Malawi. Details of the application process can be found on the website of the Malawian High Commission in London.

Most visits to Malawi are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself from muggers and bag-snatchers. Most thefts from visitors take place around the main bus stations in Lilongwe and Blantyre. See Safety and security

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the Malawi, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.