Malawi (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially 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 28.04.2021
1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
2. Passengers are subject to medical screening and self-quarantine for 14 days.
3. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
4. A completed “Travel Surveillance Form” must be presented upon arrival.


Detailed Tourist Information

Due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases recorded in Malawi, and the emergence of a new strain of the virus, Malawi has closed its land borders to all foreigners for 14 days starting from 23 December 2020. International flights are suspended. Travelers, including Malawian nationals and residents, arriving from high-risk COVID-19 countries must undergo 14-days of self-isolation. Anyone showing symptoms will be quarantined at a government facility.

Lockdown Details

Public transport continues to operate throughout Malawi with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Face coverings have been advised in public, but are not 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 100 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 have also been advised in public.

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