Security Alert

December 23, 2019

Event:  Holidays in Malawi provide increased risk for criminal activity.   There is a heightened risk of armed robbery and assault. Travelers to Malawi are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash. 

Actions to Take: 

  •   Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events.
  •  Review your personal security plans.
  •  Be aware of your surroundings.
  •  Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
  •  Monitor local media for updates.
  •  Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  •  Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  •  Keep a low profile.


  • U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi

+(265) 1 773 166

+(265) 999 591 024

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444