Malawi announces 45 countries eligible for visa-free travel

by Catherine Carey | March 26, 2024
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Malawi has announced the waiver of entry visa fees for nationals of many nations, including the US, Australia, UK, France and Germany. This visa-free policy will streamline the access for international tourists and boost tourism.

The citizens from those countries will be able to travel to Malawi without a visa for up to 90 days for business and tourist purposes.

President Lazarus Chakwera revealed Malawi’s change in policy and announced the countries that are now granted visa exemptions:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Nauru
  • The Netherlands
  • New Guinea
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • UK
  • US
  • Countries from the Development Community of Southern Africa (SADC)
  • Countries from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). 

Up to 79 countries are expected to be visa-free. More countries are to be announced in the near future and enter the list of countries that can travel to Malawi without a visa.

In addition to this policy change, there is also the possibility of establishing direct intercontinental flights in the near future, said the Minister of Tourism in Malawi, Vera Kamtukule.

In recent years, Malawi's popularity has been on the rise, drawing attention for its diverse array of attractions. Among the main highlights are Lake Malawi, one of Africa's largest lakes; Majete Wildlife Reserve, boasting an impressive variety of wildlife including the Big Five; Mount Mulanje, the tallest peak in Malawi; and Liwonde National Park, home to a significant population of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a wealth of birdlife along the scenic Shire River.