Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi

Location:  Malawi

Event:  New COVID-19 mitigation measures implemented

Effective December 23, the Malawi Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 has implemented the following measures to limit the spread of the virus:

  • All land borders will be closed for two weeks (14 days) starting December 23, 2020, except for essential goods transporters, deportees and those in special circumstances.
  • Malawians and residents can return to Malawi upon production of an original certified negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Malawians and residents can travel out of Malawi.
  • Foreigners may not travel to Malawi via land boarders.
  • All activities that involve an audience, such as music shows, sports, arts, and religious gatherings, are restricted to 100 people or fewer.
  • Wearing of face masks in all public places is mandatory.
  • For questions related to COVID-19 preparedness in Malawi, contact the Ministry of Health at +265 1 789 400 or or monitor changes on their Facebook page  You may also visit the Public Health Institute of Malawi’s COVID-19 website for updates

 Actions to Take:


  • U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi
    Area 40, City Center Lilongwe, Malawi
    U.S. citizens with emergencies: +265-1-773-166 Ext. 3431
    Outside of office hours: +265-999-960-178
  • State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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