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Malawi e-Visa Information

The Malawi e-Visa (electronic visa) is a travel permit that grants the holder entry to the Republic of Malawi. It is obtained online.

Malawi launched its e-Visa platform on November 1, 2019. It is designed to make the process of getting a Malawi visa quicker and easier for foreign visitors.

International visitors must simply complete a quick Malawi visa application form online. This takes a matter of minutes.

An online visa for Malawi can be obtained for tourism, business, or transit. The traveler must specify the purpose of their visit on the application form.

When applying for a Malawi visa online, it is possible to select either a single-entry or multiple-entry e-Visa.

A single-entry Malawi e-Visa allows the holder to stay for up to 30 days.

Multiple-entry e-Visas for Malawi permit a maximum stay of either 6 or 12 months, depending on the applicant’s preference.

Electronic transit visas for Malawi allow a single entry for up to 7 days.

All types of Malawi e-Visas are valid for 90 days from the date of issue and must be used to enter the country (for the first time in the case of multiple-entry visas) within this period.

Foreign nationals who plan to move to Malawi in the long term and/or work or study there can get the relevant permit from the e-Permit platform or can enquire at a Malawi embassy.

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Valid for 90 days
Choose between single-entry and multiple-entry e-Visas
Up to 30 days per entry with a single-entry e-Visa
Up to 6 or 12 months with a multiple-entry e-Visa
Malawi e-Visas available for tourism, business, or transit
What do I need?
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Valid passport (minimum of 6 month’s validity)

Add passport image

Digital copy of passport biodata page

Add user photo

Recent photo (passport style)

email address

Email address

Credit/Debit Card

Credit or debit card

Malawi e-Visa Requirements

Nationals of most countries require a visa to visit Malawi. The e-Visa system provides the easiest way to obtain one.

Travelers applying online must meet the Malawi visa requirements.

The following items must be provided to get a Malawi tourist e-Visa:

  • Passport that will be valid for at least 6 months after arriving in Malawi
  • Digital copy (scan) of the biodata page of the passport
  • Passport-style photo of the applicant
  • Current email address to receive the Malawi eVisa
  • Method of payment (credit/debit card)

Once the Malawi e-Visa application has been submitted along with the documents listed above, it will be processed within a few business days.

Malawi e-Visa approval letter will be sent by email to the account provided.

Travelers are required to print a copy and present it at border control on arrival in Malawi.

Countries Eligible for Malawi

Citizens from the countries listed below are eligible to apply online to enter Malawi

Countries Eligible for Malawi

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Covid Update for Malawi

Last update: 14/12/2023

There are no COVID-19 restrictions currently in force for Malawi.

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Malawi Visa Policy


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Malawi Visa FAQ

  • Do I need a visa to visit Malawi?

    Most international travelers need a visa for Malawi. The quickest and most convenient way to get one is by applying online. The Malawi e-Visa system is available to nearly all travelers who require a visa.

    Use the visa checker at the top of this page to find out if travelers of your nationality need a Malawi visa.

  • What is a Malawi e-Visa?

    The Malawi e-Visa is an electronic visa. It is obtained online rather than going all the way to an embassy or consulate in person. Travelers must fill in a quick application form via the internet and they will receive their visa for Malawi via email within a few business days.

  • Who is eligible for a Malawi e-Visa?

    The vast majority of travelers who require a visa for Malawi can apply online. Use the visa checker at the top of this page to find out if your nationality is eligible for the Malawi e-Visa.

  • How long is the Malawi e-Visa valid for?

    The Malawi e-Visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Visitors must enter the country within this time. Holders of multiple-entry e-Visas must make their first trip to Malawi within this period.

  • How long can I stay in Malawi with the e-Visa?

    Visitors with a single-entry Malawi e-Visa can stay up to 30 days in the country. Multiple-entry e-Visa holders can stay up to either 6 or 12 months, depending on the option they selected when applying.

    Holders of a transit e-Visa for Malawi can stay up to 7 days between flights.

  • Where can I apply for a Malawi visa?

    Foreign nationals can apply for a Malawi visa online using the e-Visa system.

  • How do I apply for a Malawi e-Visa online?

    To apply for an e-Visa for Malawi, travelers must fill in a simple online form. They must enter their basic personal information, passport details, and contact information and answer a few questions relating to travel and security.

    Applicants must then attach the necessary supporting documents, including a photo and a scan of their passport.

    The application takes a matter of minutes to complete and submit. It avoids the lengthy process of going to an embassy or consulate in person.

    The Malawi e-Visa is sent as an approval letter to the email address provided.

  • How long will my Malawi visa take to process?

    It can take a few business days to process a Malawi e-Visa application. Occasionally, it may take a little longer due to a high volume of visa requests. Visitors are advised to apply at least a week in advance of their trip.

  • What should I do if I have made a mistake on my application for a Malawi visa?

    It is important to avoid mistakes on visa application forms. Even small errors can cause delays or even rejections of visa applications. Travelers who think they have made a mistake on their Malawi e-Visa form are advised to reapply.

  • Do I need to print a copy of the Malawi e-Visa?

    Yes. Once the approval letter is received by email, it must be printed. Visitors are required to present a copy on arrival at passport control in Malawi.

  • Is the Malawi e-Visa a single or multiple-entry visa?

    Both single-entry and multiple-entry e-Visas are available for Malawi. Travelers must select their preferred visa when applying online.

    A single-entry Malawi e-Visa allows a maximum stay of 30 days.

    Multiple-entry Malawi e-Visas allow a maximum stay of either 6 or 12 months, depending on the option selected.

  • Is the Malawi e-Visa easy to get?

    Yes, the online application form for the Malawi e-Visa is quick and simple to complete. Applicants must enter some basic information, attach the required documents, and click “submit”. Then, the approval letter is delivered by email within the next few business days.

  • Once granted, can I cancel my Malawi e-Visa?

    No, it is not possible to cancel an e-Visa for Malawi once the approval letter is received. There is no obligation to use it to enter the country, but it cannot be returned or annulled.

  • Do I need a visa if I am just in transit in Malawi?

    Yes, foreign nationals who require a visa to enter the country also need a visa to transit through Malawi.

    Transit e-Visas for Malawi can be obtained online via the streamlined application system. They allow the traveler to stay in the country for up to 7 days before their onward flight.

  • How can I check my Malawi eVisa status?

    All updates regarding the Malawi e-Visa application are sent by email to the address provided when filling out the online form. Check the email account regularly to read updates about the e-Visa status.