Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi

Location: Worldwide Event: The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi Location: Nationwide, including central areas of the cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre. Within Lilongwe, march participants plan to assemble in and around the Lilongwe Community Grounds near Kamuzu Central Hospital and will march north through the city center and along Chilambula Road to Presidential Way terminating at the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Civil Disturbances along Chileka Road in Blantyre and Kachere

The U.S. Embassy has received multiple reports of a large civil disturbance disrupting traffic in Blantyre along Chileka Road near the intersection with the M1.  Malawi Police Service (MPS) has deployed multiple officers and utilized tear gas to disperse the crowd, but tensions remain high.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Safety for Mulanje, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, and Phalombe

The U.S. Embassy continues to temporarily prohibit its staff from traveling to Malawi’s Mulanje District due to ongoing acts of vigilante justice stemming from rumors of persons attempting to steal blood from local residents for ritualistic use in so-called black magic or other nefarious purposes—these persons are colloquially called “bloodsuckers.”
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety of Travel to Mulanje District, Malawi

The United States Embassy in Lilongwe is temporarily prohibiting its staff from traveling to Malawi’s Mulanje District out of an abundance of caution due to ongoing violence and tensions related to persistent rumors of attacks by human “bloodsuckers” in the villages in the area that have led to acts of vigilante justice. 
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Attacks On and Around Mt. Mulanje

The Malawi Police Service reports that there have been at least two separate attacks on visitors to the Mount Mulanje area this past weekend (September 16-17) by local residents.  These attacks appear to be motivated by a persistent rumor which developed over the weekend describing the potential for attacks by vampires or bloodsuckers in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Lilongwe’s City Center and Parliament

The U.S. Embassy has received multiple reports of a protest of approximately 60 people near the Area 18 roundabout in Lilongwe.  This protest appears to be related to university closures and fees.  There have been no reports of violence.  The group is expected to head east along Presidential Hwy and proceed to the civic offices ...
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UPDATED – Entry Requirements for Malawi

This message is to remind U.S. citizens that Malawi has introduced a system of visas and entry fees for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees. This applies to U.S. citizens. This message also contains an important update on the elimination of Malawi’s “visa letter” scheme. According to the Government of Malawi, ...
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Demonstrations in Lilongwe – Chidzanja Road and Kamuzu Hospital Area

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of multiple protests along Chidzanja Road and in the area of Kamuzu Central Hospital. These protests appear to be in support of the strike by Malawian teachers. These protests are impeding the flow of traffic on the road and protestors have thrown debris at passing cars. Malawi Police Service ...
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DREAMS Innovation in Malawi

The U.S. Government’s DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which uses new approaches to reduce HIV infections, is awarding $18.6 million for new projects in Zomba and Machinga districts.  This is in addition to the $14 million of DREAMS programs in Malawi previously announced.  New activities will include support for vocational training and access to loans for small ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATED – Entry Fees for Malawi

This message is to remind U.S. citizens that Malawi has introduced a system of visas and entry fees for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees. This applies to U.S. citizens. This message also contains important updates on Malawi’s “visa letter” scheme. According to the Government of Malawi, with the exception of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Forget to Register to Vote

There are less than 90 days until the U.S. elections and time may running out to make your vote count!  Voting is a right of every U.S. citizen—even those living overseas—but voting regulations vary from state to state, including deadlines and methods to return an absentee ballot. The best source of information on elections, about ...
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Online Appointments for American Citizens Services

Effective immediately, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, is implementing an online appointment system for American Citizens Services (ACS) . Non-emergency ACS appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and on Fridays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., except on U.S. and Malawian holidays. Click here to schedule an ACS Appointment. Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Services for ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for July 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, July 4, Wednesday, July 6, for the U.S. and Malawi Independence Day holidays, respectively. The Eid El Fitr holiday is also expected to be celebrated during the same week, July 4-8. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for ...
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Blantyre Town Hall Meeting May 19, 2016

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be sponsoring a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Blantyre on Thursday, May 19, at the Hong Kong Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The Consular Officer will be available to provide some consular services, such as notarials and accepting applications for passport ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for May 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, May 2, Monday, May 16, and Monday, May 30, for the Labor Day (Malawi), Kamuzu Day (Malawi), and Memorial Day (U.S.) holidays respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will be ...
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Consular Closures During the Week of 4 – 8 April 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, April 4, through the morning of Tuesday, April 5, and during the afternoon of Thursday, April 7, due to mandatory staff training and in-country travel by the Consular Officer. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days ...
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Holiday and Consular Schedule for March 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Thursday, March 3, Friday, March 25, and Monday, March 28, 2016, for the Martyrs Day (Malawi), Good Friday (Malawi), and Easter Monday (Malawi) holidays, respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations or Civil Disorder in Lilongwe

Following a disturbance near the Parliament Building in Lilongwe and subsequent arrests, there have been reports of political demonstrations near Parliament, the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Headquarters in Lilongwe, Area 30, along the M1 highway north of the city, and possibly other police facilities. U.S. Embassy has instructed its staff to avoid these areas at ...
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Blantyre Town Hall Meeting February 25, 2016

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be sponsoring a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Blantyre on Thursday, February 25, at the Hong Kong Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  The Consular Officer will be available to provide some consular services, such as notarials and accepting applications for passport ...
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Holiday and Consular Schedule for February 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, February 15, 2016, for the Washington’s Birthday holiday (U.S.). The Consular Section will also be closed from Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, February 26, while the Consular Officer is traveling to Blantyre.  More information about that consular outreach trip and planned ...
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Holiday and Consular Closure January 2016

Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy and Consular Section Holiday Closure The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, January 15, and Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of the John Chilembwe Day (Malawian) and Martin Luther King Day (U.S.) holidays, respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Holiday and Consular Schedule for December 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will now be closed to the public from 12 noon on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), through Monday, December 28, for the Christmas Day (U.S./Malawi) and Boxing Day (Malawi) holidays. The U.S. Embassy will also be closed on Friday, January 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday (U.S./Malawi). No ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for December 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Friday, December 25, for the Christmas Day holiday (U.S./Malawi). The U.S. Embassy will also be closed on Friday, January 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday (U.S./Malawi). No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Visa Page Inserts for U.S. Passports

The U.S. Department of State will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps.  The decision to discontinue this service was made ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for November 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Wednesday, November 11, and Thursday, November 26, in observance of the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays, respectively.No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Blantyre Town Hall Meeting October 29, 2015

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be sponsoring a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Blantyre on Thursday, October 29, at the Hong Kong Restaurant from 12-1 p.m. The Consular Officer will be available to provide some consular services, such as notarials and accepting applications for passport renewals from ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closed October 28-30, 2015

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Wednesday through Friday, October 28-30, 2015, due to in-country travel by the consular officer. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for those days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATED – Entry Fees for Malawi as of October 1, 2015

The Government of Malawi has informed the United States Embassy that effective October 1, 2015, Malawi intends to introduce a system of visas and entry fees for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees.  This will apply to U.S. citizens. According to the notification, with the exception of diplomats and government officials, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Entry Fee for Malawi as of October 1, 2015

The Government of Malawi has informed the United States Embassy that effective October 1, 2015, Malawi intends to introduce a system of entry fees and visas for nationals of countries which require Malawians to pay visa fees. This will apply to U.S. citizens. According to the notification, Malawi is introducing three types of visas: –  ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for September 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be closed to the public on Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day (U.S.) holiday. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure Postponed, August 7-10, 2015

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be open for routine and non-emergency American Citizens Services on Friday, August 7, as the previously-scheduled maintenance for our automated systems has been postponed. Visa appointments originally scheduled for Monday, August 10, have been already been re-scheduled for Wednesday, August 12.  Emergency services will ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Entry Fee for Malawi Implemented Early

Immigration officials of the Government of Malawi have begun collecting entry fees from U.S. citizens arriving at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe as well as in Blantyre and at least some border crossing posts. A $75 USD entry fee was originally scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2015, but the Government of Malawi had ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for July 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, July 3, and Monday, July 6, in observance of the U.S. and Malawian Independence Days, respectively. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for these days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday and Consular Schedule for May 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, May 1, and Thursday, May 14, in observance of the Labor Day (Malawian) and Kamuzu Day (Malawian) holidays, respectively. The U.S. Embassy will also be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day (U.S.) holiday. No visa or ...
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Demonstrations in Lilongwe Old Town

In response to recent violence against foreigners in South Africa, local organizations have called for peaceful demonstrations and a boycott of South African businesses on Friday, April 24. Protest demonstrations may recur throughout the weekend. They are expected to center around the Game/Chipiku Complex and Shoprite stores in the Old Town area of Lilongwe. As ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for April 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, April 3, and on Monday, April 6, in observance of the Good Friday (Malawian) and Easter Monday (Malawian) holidays. No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for these days and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking ...
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Planned Worldwide Network Outage

U.S. embassies and consulates are currently experiencing technical difficulties due to systems maintenance that may result in delays in U.S. passport and visa processing and receiving and sending email. U.S. citizens may also experience delays in response to their email inquiries. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact their embassy or consulate by telephone. Additionally, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule for March 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Tuesday, March 3, in observance of the Martyrs Day (Malawian) holiday.  No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166 ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Open on Friday, February 20, 2015

Due to a change in construction scheduling, the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi, will be open for American Citizens Services (ACS) walk-in appointments today, Friday, February 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166 or via email at ConsularLilong@state.gov . In the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Construction Closure for February 20, 2015

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Friday, February 20, due to construction in and around the Consular Waiting Room.  No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Schedule February 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi will be closed to the public on Monday, February 16 in observance of the Presidents’ Day (U.S.) holiday.  No visa or other consular appointments have been scheduled for that day and no walk-in appointments will be seen. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services may contact the U.S. Embassy at 01-733-166 ...
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