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Last updated: September 24, 2020
As of September 24, 2020, Malawi there are 5,747 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Malawi, with 4,163 recovered patients and 179 related deaths from COVID-19. The government of Malawi has implemented measures to limit the spread of the virus. Limited commercial flights resumed on September 5, with currently four commercial flights a week as of September 24. The government announced a phased re-opening of schools to begin on September 7, beginning with universities and upper secondary. Schools must pass government COVID-19 inspections to re-open and most are expected to be operating in person by end September or mid-October. Sporting events, festivals, and other large events larger than 10 people remain banned with an exemption for religious services and funerals, which may have as many as 50 attendees provided individuals comply with social distance restrictions and sanitary measures. Fast food outlets, restaurants, and public eating places are largely closed except for take away services, but with many expected to resume dining in services in early October. Many hotels and lodges are operating but with strict COVID-19 measures, including requirements that guests provide passports and documentation of arrival date, negative COVID testing, and sufficient quarantine time for international travelers. Some travelers have reported police roadblocks also checking this documentation. The Malawi Government has also put in place laws that make wearing of a face mask in all public places mandatory, and those who do not follow these guidelines may face fines.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, those with permanent residency or work authorization.
- Visit the Malawi Immigration website for more information: https://www.immigration.gov.mw/
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- AII arriving passengers into the Republic of Malawi shall be required to produce a negative SARS Cov-2 PCR test certificate obtained within 10 days prior to arrival in Malawi. Any passenger without the said certificate will be denied entry. All arriving passengers will be required to proceed on self-quarantine for l4 days during the time they will be followed up by Health Authorities.
- Arriving passengers may be required to provide samples for Covid-I9 testing. Samples will be collected at the airport and test results will be communicated to the concerned within 48 hours.
- Any symptomatic passengers will be handled according to specific guidelines laid down by the Health Authorities.
- All arriving passengers shall fill out and submit Travel Surveillance Forms (TSF) which shall be made available on-board aircraft or in the airport terminal building. The forms shall be handed over to health personnel in the terminal building.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- All travelers and service providers shall observe the infection control protocols such as social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing and wearing of face masks as necessary, body temperatures will be checked on various strategic points
- All U.S citizens who want to apply for visa extension or resident permit extension: Can visit any nearest Malawi Immigration Office to apply for extension. For more information visit the Malawi Immigration website; https://www.immigration.gov.mw/
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- All international travelers arriving in Malawi are required to proceed on self-quarantine for l4 days at home or in a hotel. During the time they will be followed up by Health Authorities.
Currently we know of only five hospitals providing Covid-19 tests:
- Mzuzu Central Hospital in Mzuzu – Malawi Government Hospital
- Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe – Malawi Government Hospital
- Partners in Hope private Clinic in Lilongwe
- Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre – Malawi Government Hospital
- Malamulo Adventist Hospital
All tests are done at a fee and U.S. Citizens are required to pay all the required fees. The average cost for Covid-19 test is approximately 50,000 MWK (USD63).
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Public transportation options are extremely limited in Malawi. Those that operate are small privately owned minibuses, covered motorbike taxis, and bicycle taxis. Minibuses are expected to limit passengers and require mask usage and some social distancing.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
There is a fine of 10,000 MWK (USD13) if someone fails to comply with the Malawi Government regulations regarding social distancing restriction and mandatory face mask.
- Routine American Citizen Services are suspended. To submit a request for an emergency service please email LilongweConsular@state.gov
- The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. If you have an urgent need to travel immediately, please email LilongweConsular@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
For questions related to COVID-19, please contact the Ministry of Health at +265 1 789 400 or https://www.health.gov.mw/or monitor changes on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/malawimoh. You may also visit the Public Health Institute of Malawi’s COVID-19 website for updates http://covid19.health.gov.mw/. The following local mobile network numbers should be used to report any suspected cases of, or for any further information on, COVID-19 while in Malawi.
- 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
- E-mail: LilongweConsular@state.gov
- Website: https://mw.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
- State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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