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Updated August 11, 2020.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Malawi has confirmed 4,674 cases and 146 deaths from COVID-19

Entry and Exit Requirements:

The Malawian government has announced increased screenings at its two international airports – Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe and Chileka International Airport (CIA) in Blantyre.  The Ministry of Health has intensified its screening of incoming passengers using a questionnaire that all arriving passengers need to complete. The questionnaire requests information on recent travel history and the presence of current symptoms of COVID-19. There are health teams stationed at the arrival sections of both airports and the screening includes a thermal scanner to check body temperature at KIA.

A passport, visa and yellow fever card are required to enter Malawi. The Government of Malawi Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has cancelled visas issued prior to March 20, 2020 as well as suspended visa issuance on arrival.

Quarantine Information:

Returning residents who are symptomatic and have a travel history to mainland China, Iran, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, the United States, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, Switzerland, Australia, Turkey, Israel, Brazil, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Chile or any of the countries in the European Union in the preceding 14 days are taken to an isolation room at the airport for further medical investigation. Returning residents who have been to mainland China, Iran, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, the United States, South Africa, Seychelles, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, Switzerland, Australia, Turkey, Israel, Brazil, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Chile or any of the countries in the European Union recently but are asymptomatic are referred for self-quarantine either at home and daily check-ups for 14 days. Returning residents to Malawi arriving from countries on this list who are made to self-quarantine will not be allowed to self-quarantine in hotels or lodges in Malawi. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve daily, travelers should be prepared for this list to change and for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

Local Resources:

For questions related to COVID-19 preparedness in Malawi, 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

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