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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi
March 27, 2020

  • Location:  Malawi

    Event:  Malawi has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

    The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow citizens, particularly those of you seeking to depart Malawi after the numerous cancellations of regularly scheduled flights out of Malawi. Below are flights that remain operational.

    Malawian Airlines

    • There are no more flights available to Nairobi
    • There are no more flights available to Johannesburg.
    • Flights to Dar-es-Salam will operate 4 days a week instead of 7 days a week
    • Flights to Harare and Lusaka will operate 5 days a week instead of 7 days a week.
    • Plans to re-evaluate flight schedule on April 1.

    Ethiopian Airlines

    • Wednesday flights from Lilongwe are canceled, however flights from Blantyre on Wednesdays will continue.
    • Ethiopian Airlines flights for all other days leaving from Lilongwe remain unchanged.
    • Passengers must have same day onward flight from Addis, otherwise they will have to quarantine for 14-days.

    The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of U.S. citizens from Malawi.  However, in the event that opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to let us know now if you are interested in being contacted.

    Please send an email to LilongweConsular@state.gov with the subject line “Return Travel to the U.S.”  Please include the following information for each U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident guardian accompanying minor children in your family or group:

    • Full name as it appears on your passport
    • Citizenship (only for Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S.)
    • Date of birth
    • Passport number
    • Date of passport issuance and expiration
    • Email address and contact phone number
    • Current location
    • Desired onward destination in the U.S.

    We will contact you if a repatriation flight is being arranged and provide you with logistical information, including its cost per seat.  It is important to note that these seats are traditionally offered at-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to U.S. citizens and, space permitting, for qualifying non-citizen dependents.  Private U.S. citizens seeking to depart are required to sign a promissory note and will be billed at a later date for the cost of the flight.

    Interested parties should verify that their passports and other documentation are current and valid for at least six months from today’s date.  For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information https://mw.usembassy.gov/services/.

    Actions to Take: Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.