Important COVID-19 travel guidance
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.
This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.
The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.
The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Malawi
On 1 September Malawi re-opened it’s airspace to a limited number of weekly commercial flights.
Entry to Malawi, via land borders, continues to be prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi.
No animals (domestic pets) are permitted to enter or leave the country at this time.
Testing/screening on arrival
If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of arrival. You may also be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at your own expense. Passengers may be required to remain at the airport or a testing centre until their COVID-19 test results are known, usually within 24 hours.
Current information is available from the Malawi Ministry of Health Facebook page.
Individuals testing positive for coronavirus on arrival may be taken for treatment at a government facility.
All other individuals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Anyone who is unable to self-isolate may be transferred to a local treatment facility for the self-isolation period. Travellers are not permitted to self-isolate in a hotel or lodge.
Testing/screening on departure
Anyone departing Malawi needs to provide proof that a negative COVID-19 test has been taken within 10 days of departure. Please seek guidance from your local medical provider on how you can obtain a COVID-19 test. Mandatory COVID-19 testing will also take place on departure if you fail to produce a valid negative test certificate or if the airport staff judge you to display COVID-19 symptoms. This test will be at your own expense.
Regular entry requirements
You need a visa to enter Malawi as a visitor. You can find details of the application process on the Malawi High Commission website. The Malawi authorities strongly advise you to get a visa before travel. If you can’t get a visa before travel, you can get a visa on arrival at any port of entry. For more information check with the Malawi High Commission in London.
Your passport should be valid for minimum period of 6 months on arrival in Malawi.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit, and exit from Malawi. ETDs must be valid for 6 months for entry into Malawi if the holder is not a returning resident.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Travelling with children via a South African airport
If you’re transiting through a South African airport with children (under 18), see our South Africa travel advice page for information and advice about the documents you’ll need to carry.