Official Travel Advice for Malawi
Summary - removal of information about the Lake of Stars festival held in September 2019
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 14 Dec 2019.
The results of Malawi’s May 2019 elections are being challenged in the High Court by two political parties. Protests have taken place in central Lilongwe and elsewhere in Malawi and have at times turned violent, with some reports of looting and damage to property. Further protests are possible. See Political situation
On 8 March 2019 the President of Malawi declared a State of Disaster in areas of southern Malawi affected by heavy floods. The floods caused at least 45 deaths and more than 80,000 people have been displaced. If travelling to affected regions, you should take extra care and follow the advice of local authorities.
You will need a visa to enter Malawi as a visitor. See Visas
Most visits to Malawi are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself from muggers and bag-snatchers. Most thefts from visitors take place around the main bus stations in Lilongwe and Blantyre. See Crime
Since July 2018 there have been reports of possible incidents of unrest and violence in rural areas of Mulanje, linked to rumours of bloodsuckers. This is further to similar incidents of violence and unrest reported in 2017. See Local travel
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Malawi, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Malawi
Drive on the: left
Visitors/Tourists: 767,000 in 2011
English (official language) 63%
Lilongwe (also largest city)