General TRAVEL Information



All travellers must be in possession of a valid passport when entering and leaving the country. Visitors from the following countries do NOT need a visa: Belgium, the Commonwealth, Denmark, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, San Marino, Sweden, Liechtenstein and the USA. Visitors from most other countries will be issued with a visa on arrival BUT do confirm with us, at The Independent Traveller. 


Travellers’ cheques and cash (currencies that are widely & readily accepted include the US dollar, the euro, the pound sterling and the South African Rand ) are accepted. The local currency (Malawi Kwacha) can be obtained at the airports either from the ATMs (Visa only) or Banks/Bureaux de Change. Visa credit cards are becoming more widely accepted but not in remote areas and should not be relied on except in major towns. 


Make sure that you have comprehensive medical insurance before you arrive. 


All visitors should be medically insured. We recommend that visitors to Malawi take malaria prophylactics. Tetanus, polio, typhoid and the hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Yellow fever immunisation is required only by visitors entering Malawi from a yellow fever zone. It is advisable to know your blood group type in case of emergency. Please do ask for up to date health advice in your home country. 


Please be sensitive when photographing local people and their villages. Ask the guide or the villagers first. Be careful when photographing public buildings and persons in uniform - just ask first.

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