A Guide to Apply for a Tourist Visa for Malawi

April 11, 2023

by Sofeeyah Lloyd

If you are planning a global conference in Malawi you need to assist your event participants on how to apply for a visa. Malawi offers an online visa application portal for all nationalities.  

What Type of Visa Will Your International Event Participants Need for Malawi?

Your international event participants need a tourist Visa for Malawi to be able to enter the country. The tourist visa category is a type of visa issued to foreigners to attend international conferences, workshops, seminars, meetings, exhibitions and events in Malawi. This is a single entry visa for 90 days, it should cover your event days or weeks plus some time for sightseeing before or after your event. 

How to Apply? 

The Tourist Visa for Malawi is issued online by Malawi Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services.

Applying Online

Applying for a Tourist Visa for Malawi is a straightforward simple process. Your participants can apply for an e-visa online and should have the e-visa within 3-5 working days after completing an application online. Even though this process is simple, several fraudulent websites issue fake visas. Informing your participants of fraudulent activities and sharing the link of a valid portal will help avoid risk of fraud.  

Visa Fee & Waiver


Your event participants can obtain a single entry 90-day Tourist visa for Malawi for $50.00 online. 


Malawi has a visa waiver arrangement for the following nationalities:  

  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Belize 
  • Botswana 
  • Dominica 
  • Fiji 
  • Gambia 
  • Grenada 
  • Hong Kong, China 
  • Israel 
  • Jamaica 
  • Kenya 
  • Kiribati 
  • Lesotho 
  • Malaysia 
  • Mauritius 
  • Mozambique 
  • Namibia 
  • Nauru 
  • Samoa (Western) 
  • Seychelles 
  • South Africa 
  • St. Kitts Nevis 
  • St. Lucia St. 
  • Vincent and The Grenadines 
  • Swaziland 
  • Tanzania 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Tuvalu 
  • Uganda 
  • Zambia 
  • Zimbabwe 

Note Malawi offers visa waiver on a reciprocal basis, this list is subject to change without notice. 

Requirements for Entry into Malawi 

Even though your international event participants have got a visa, remember it isn’t a guarantee for entry. There are additional requirements for entry. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malawian government has put vaccine and testing requirements in place. Your participants will need a copy of their vaccination card and/or electronic proof through the Clear portal ready to present. The physical vaccine card is highly recommended.

Your unvaccinated participants need proof of a negative PCR test ready to present. 

Yellow Fever 

If any of your event participants are traveling from a country where yellow fever is endemic and/or where there is an active outbreak of yellow fever they are required to have yellow fever vaccination in order to enter Malawi. 

Malawi follows the World Health Organization list of yellow fever countries.


Your international participants’ passport must be valid for six months after the date of entry into Malawi and have at least two blank passport pages. 


Your international event participants must have a printed copy of the e-visa at hand upon arrival. 

Accommodation Detail

If your international event participants are staying at a hotel, a printed copy of the booking detail is recommended to have at hand. If any of your international event participants are staying with friends or family members having contact details and address of the host is highly recommended. 

Return Ticket 

A return ticket is proof that your international event participants plan to leave Malawi at the end of your global event. It is recommended that your international event participants have a confirmed return ticket to show the designated immigration officer upon arrival. 

Invitation Letter

Lastly, your international participants should have documentation proving/detailing the purpose and duration of your visit (signed and dated invitation letter) to show the immigration officer.



Are you looking to host an international event in Malawi? Let us help you! Hallpax has destination experts who are dedicated to making your event planning process enjoyable and stress-free. We are passionate about the cities we work with, and with our in-person presence in Africa, we help our clients navigate their cities of choice with ease.

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