COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  December 29, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

As of December 29, 2020, Malawi has registered 46 new COVID-19 cases, four new recoveries, and no new deaths recorded. Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 6,248 cases of COVID-19, with 5.668 recovered patients and 187 related deaths from COVID-19. Of these cases, 1,304 are imported infections and 4,944 are locally transmitted. All land borders are 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. 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, schools, fast food outlets, restaurants, and public eating places are open. Hotels and lodges are operating but with strict COVID-19 measures. Wearing of face masks in all public places is mandatory, and those who do not follow these guidelines may face fines.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

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 asked to self-monitor for l4 days after which 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;

Movement Restrictions:

  •  Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No. 
  • All international travelers arriving in Malawi will be asked to self-monitor for l4 days. After that time, they will be followed up by Health Authorities.

COVID-19 Testing:

Laboratories and hospitals providing Covid-19 tests:

  • MEIRU Chilumba Campus in Karonga
  • Mzuzu Central Hospital in Mzuzu
  • Mzimba District Hospital in Mzimba
  • Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe
  • Partners in Hope private Clinic in Lilongwe
  • Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre
  • Malawi Welcome Liverpool Trust in Blantyre
  • College of Medicine in Blantyre
  • Balaka Dream Molecular Laboratory in Balaka
  • Zomba Central Hospital Laboratory in Zomba
  • Thyolo District Hospital Laboratory in Thyolo
  • Nsanje District Hospital Laboratory in Nsanje

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).

Transportation Options:

  • 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.

Consular Operations:

The Consular Section is closed from December 11, 2020 to January 11, 2021. During this time, all routine consular services will be suspended and only U.S. citizens with consular emergencies will be assisted. In the event of an emergency, please contact the U.S. Embassy using the numbers listed on the Embassy’s Emergency Contact Information for U.S. Citizens page.

Local Resources:

For questions related to COVID-19, please contact the Ministry of Health at +265 1 789 400 or monitor changes on their Facebook page You may also visit the Public Health Institute of Malawi’s COVID-19 website for updates  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.

TNM :929

Airtel: 54747