Malawi (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test required for all countries if fail to produce a valid negative test certificate, or if the airport staff judge you to display COVID-19 symptoms.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation for 14 days is required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 26.10.2021
1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.


Detailed Tourist Information

Malawian airspace remains open for a limited number of commercial flights.

On 27 August, Malawi re-opened its borders to non-residents and removed its restrictions on travel to and from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Brazil.

You will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your 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.

Lockdown Details

Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and COVID-19 related measures in place. Face coverings in public are mandatory.

Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place.

Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings in public are compulsory.

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