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Nicknamed the “Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi in Southern Africa offers a multitude of terrains to visit: from secluded game lodges, breathtaking scenery, the serine stretches of turquoise waters of Lake Malawi to the steep cliffs that surround the lake.

Malawi’s capital is Lilongwe, Malawi’s largest city, followed by Blantyre and Mzuzu.

From 1 October, 2015, Malawi started implementing a visa system requiring all nationals from countries that require Malawians to pay for visas to enter their countries to first obtain a visa to enter Malawi.

The Visa for citizens of the United Kingdom and some other countries can be obtained at any port of entry into Malawi or at the Malawi High Commission in London.

Non-UK residents should confirm if they are eligible for port-of-entry visas before they travel. Visas can be applied for in person or through post and payment by cash/postal orders/bank certified cheque/bank draft.

The following categories of nationals and offices are exempted from the new visa requirements:

  • Nationals from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries, except Angola.
  • Nationals from the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Diplomats and Government Officials.
  • Nationals from all countries that do not require Malawians to pay Visa fees when they travel to such countries.

Note that outside of main tourist areas, women should cover their legs and shoulders to avoid offending local sensitivities.