Malawi travel advice

Explore our complete guide to Malawi with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for Malawi.

Malawi travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to Malawi with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

Malawi - quick facts
Time difference UK +2 hours
Language(s) English, Chichewa
Currency Malawian Kwacha
Electricity G plug (230V)
Driving side Left
Visa Yes

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Malawi weather

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Malawi travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting Malawi from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around Malawi.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Malawi travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to Malawi with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in Malawi, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Malawi covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in Malawi with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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Malawi FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to Malawi including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to Malawi due to Covid-19?

Malawi is open for tourism from the UK.

Negative PCR test results or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for arrivals from the UK.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Malawi?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Malawi. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the time difference between Malawi and the UK?

The time difference between Malawi and the UK is UK time+2 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Malawi?

The main languages spoken in Malawi are English and Chichewa.

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What is the currency in Malawi?

The currency in Malawi is the Malawian Kwacha (MWK).

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Which plugs are used in Malawi?

Malawi uses electrical plug type G (230 Volts) - the same as the UK.

Which side of the road do they drive on in Malawi?

They drive on the left side of the road in Malawi.

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Do you need a visa for Malawi?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Malawi.

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