Malawi (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 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 18.06.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Malawi and their family members.
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
3. Passengers are subject to medical screening and self-quarantine for 14 days.
4. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
5. Passengers must complete a “Travel Surveillance Form” and present it upon arrival.


Detailed Tourist Information

International commercial passenger flights are ongoing at Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe.

Non-essential international travel from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Brazil into the country is banned until further notice. Essential travelers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Brazil will be required to quarantine for 14 days at a designated location at their own expense.

Travel to Malawi will require a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days before arrival in Malawi, followed by 14-days of self-monitoring for signs of infection.

Travelers arriving in Malawi and showing signs of infection may be tested at the airport and will need to remain at the airport until the test results return; travelers testing positive may be taken for treatment at a government facility. Travelers who fail to produce a negative COVID-19 test will be tested and quarantined for up to 48 hours until results have been provided.

Travelers leaving Malawi must present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 72 hours. Testing centres are located at: Mzuzu Central Hospital (Lilongwe), Kamuzu Central Hospital (Lilongwe), Public Health Institute (Lilongwe), Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Blantyre) or Zomba Central Hospital (Zomba).

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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