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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Malawi
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Malawi
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Major urban centres


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Depends on travel of origin
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
All land borders are closed to all foreigners. The status of the border closure will be reviewed every four weeks.
• Exemptions
Exceptions are made for essential goods, essential workers and returning Malawian citizens or residents, and special circumstances.
(until further notice)
Entry rules
Only Malawian citizens, foreign residents and their dependents, diplomats and medical service providers who have received prior approval from the government are allowed to enter the country. Travellers from Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Pakistan are banned from entering the country. Exceptions to this ban include essential arrivals and travel, such as diplomatic and medical travel. According to the UK FCO, those on travel deemed essential will have to self-quarantine at designated hotel accommodation for 14 days - this will be at the traveller's own expense.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- A negative COVID-19 certificate obtained no more than 72 hours prior to arrival is required.
- Returning passengers who do not have a COVID-19 certificate will take a test upon arrival and undergo institutional quarantine for 48 hours.
(until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
There is no quarantine for passengers with a negative test result. However, they must self-monitor for COVID-19 signs and symptomsfor 14 days after arrival. They will be followed up by health authorities during quarantine. Should they experience any COVID-19 related symptoms, the health authorities should be contacted.
(until further notice)
Documentation required
- Passengers will be required to submit to the health officials a completed health traveller declaration form.
- All arriving passengers need to fill out and submit Travel Surveillance Forms (TSF), which shall be made available on board aircraft or in the airport terminal building.
- All passengers should be ready to present proof of accommodation.
(until further notice)
Other
Any symptomatic passengers will be handled according to specific guidelines laid down by the health authorities.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Exit rules
A limited number of outbound flights have resumed operations. Only travellers shall be allowed inside the airport terminals. Welcomers, escorts and taxi operators shall be restricted to the car park areas.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All departing passengers via air from the Republic of Malawi shall be required to produce a negative SARS Cov-2 PCR test certificate obtained within ten days prior to departure from Malawi as well satisfy the entry criteria for the country of destination. Approved facilities include: Kamuzu Central Hospital (Lilongwe), Public Health Institute (Lilongwe), Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Blantyre), Mzuzu Central Hospital (Mzuzu), and Zomba Central Hospital (Zomba). Testing requirements should be reconfirmed with the travellers' airline.
- Mandatory COVID-19 testing will also take place on departure if you fail to produce a valid negative test certificate within 10 days before departing Malawi (or shorter depending on the requirement of the destination) or if the airport staff judge you to display COVID-19 symptoms. This test will be at your own expense and may delay your departure.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
State of emergency
COVID-19 has been declared a national disaster indefinitely. The security forces have been ordered to enforce restrictions.
(Until further notice)

Curfews and lockdowns
A curfew from 21.00 - 05.00 is in place, during which no one must be found wandering around.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
Masks are mandatory.
• Gatherings
Religious gatherings and all gatherings in general must have no more than 50 people under the strictest COVID19 compliance certified and regulated by the local Council.
• Other
All buildings used by the public, whether for business or public service, must be disinfected no less than once a week, and must be fitted with handwashing facilities at the entrance and exits.
(until further notice)
Penalties
Any person found in public by law enforcement authorities without a mask will be fined.
(until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Malawi

COVID-19 information for Malawi

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Crime represents the main threat to business travellers, though the risks remain lower than those in many other African countries. Ostentatious displays of wealth, as well as lack of cultural sensitivity, may mark a visitor as a target for criminals. Protests over political issues or socio-economic grievances are rare, but have the potential to turn violent and should be avoided as a basic precaution.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Malawi
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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