Information for Travelers

The Consular Section schedules appointments for American Citizen Services on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. except on U.S. and Malawian holidays.

Our goal is to serve you as quickly and efficiently as possible and requests for all non-emergency services, including passport renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services, should schedule an appointment online.

Click here to schedule an ACS Appointment.

The online appointment system is easy to use, and appointments for all services are readily available.

We also have limited availability for walk-in appointments Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am to 11:00am.  Please note walk-in appointments may experience long wait times, as those with confirmed appointments will be accommodated first.  Depending on workload, we cannot guarantee walk-in appointments for non-emergency services will be accommodated.  Those seeking non-emergency services outside these hours will be asked to schedule an appointment. No walk-in ACS appointments for non-emergencies will be seen on Fridays.

Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

The Embassy’s Consular Section provides a full range of Consular services, including: renewal/replacement of passports, registering U.S. citizens, certifying the citizenship of American children born in Malawi, providing information and advice on obtaining medical or legal assistance, processing requests for Social Security and Veterans Benefits, and emergency assistance in case of illness, injury, arrest or death.

Further information on U.S. Consular Services is available from the U.S. Department of State

According to the Government of Malawi, with the exception of diplomats and government officials, U.S. citizens may obtain a visa on arrival at a port-of-entry in Malawi, effective September 9, 2016.  The current fee for a single-entry visa valid for three months is US$75, payable at the port-of-entry upon arrival.  Contact the Malawian Diplomatic Mission nearest you with questions or to confirm fees.

Malawian immigration authorities have fined, arrested, and deported U.S. citizens who entered Malawi with a tourist visa or on a visitor’s permit and proceeded to conduct other activities inconsistent with their tourist status (e.g., business or volunteer services).

Occasionally, some airlines have required travelers to have a Malawian visa before boarding connecting flights in European airports. Malawian authorities confirm that there is no requirement for obtaining a visitor’s permit for short stays (30 days or less) prior to arrival in Malawi.

According to Malawian law, travelers must declare all foreign currency when entering Malawi, regardless of its purpose or amount. Travelers should only exchange foreign currency at the bank or approved foreign exchange bureaus. Any currency declared at entry may be expatriated without further authorization. With bank approval, an individual may export up to 2000 USD per trip. Otherwise, an individual is not permitted to export currency and it will be confiscated at the point of departure.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Malawi per the CDC’s travel information for Malawi. The government of Malawi requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the U.S. If you are traveling from a country other than the U.S., please review the Center for Disease Control website for a listing of countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission.

For travelers transiting South Africa on their way to and from Malawi, the South African government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival in South Africa; those without proof may be turned around at the South African port of entry. For complete entry/exit requirements for South Africa, please see our Country Specific Information for South Africa.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Malawi.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.