Local laws and customs

Drug taking and smuggling are offences. This includes cannabis. Punishment can be severe.

It is illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade its parts without a license. Malawi is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which bans trade in ivory. Those caught purchasing or trafficking such goods will be prosecuted and receive prison sentences or fines.

Buying uncut precious stones is illegal.

Outside the main tourist areas, women should cover legs and shoulders to avoid offending local sensitivities.

Homosexual acts are illegal. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

Carry a photocopy of your passport and visa at all times.