Messages from the Embassy

  1. Emergency Assistance
  2. Messages from the Embassy

Messages to U.S. Citizens, Security Messages, Emergency Messages, and other important communications are disseminated to U.S. citizens in Malawi by means of email and SMS texts. Additionally, the Embassy works with a group of volunteer wardens who assist the Embassy in rapidly disseminating official U.S. Government information to U.S. citizens in Malawi during emergencies.

The three primary forms of communication you will receive from the U.S. Embassy are Messages to U.S. Citizens, Security Messages, and Emergency Messages. Messages to U.S. Citizens are routine but important messages such as voting news, changes in business hours, outreach trip information, or newsletters. Security Messages are used to communicate information about personal security threats of a general or systemic nature, or events/threats where local law-enforcement has taken measures to address or provide enhanced security to the general public. Such threats may include crime trends, demonstrations, peaceful actions intended to disrupt normal activity (i.e., strikes, sit-ins, marches), or localized events not likely to affect large numbers of U.S. citizens. Emergency Messages to U.S. citizens are designed to you about imminent events or threats that can affect your personal security and that may require immediate action on your own behalf, or by others, to ensure your safety.  Emergency Messages are also used for threats to large numbers of U.S. citizens, circumstances where new developments to an existing security threat heighten the risks to U.S. citizens, or situations that put the life or safety of U.S. citizens in peril. This includes potentially violent demonstrations, civil disturbances, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, extraordinary measures by local authorities such as martial law, and other non-publicized breaking events. This information is conveyed so that you can take appropriate action to provide for your own safety and security.

You can find the most current information as well as archived messages at our Messages from the Embassy webpage.

The Warden System is a system composed of volunteers and administered by the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe. We rely on dedicated individuals to volunteer to provide this invaluable service to their fellow Americans. If you will be in Malawi for an extended or indefinite period of time and would like volunteer to serve as a Warden, please contact the Consular Officer at +265-01-773-166 or by email at ConsularLilong@State.Gov .

To register your trip to Malawi with the embassy please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

We also have a SMS system in place to disseminate important information. If you want to sign up for this free service please send us an e-mail to with your cell phone number and your authorization to include your number in this system. Your mobile number will be shared with a third party that provides this service. No sensitive or personal information will be release by the embassy.