FAQ's For Travel To Malawi
1.Which Airport is the nearest Airport?
Blantyre Airport FWCL (BLZ)
2. Do I need a visa for Malawi?
A passport valid for at least six months after you leave your home country with, at least, 2 blank pages is necessary to travel to Malawi.
Some countries do not require a visa and are exempt.
A visa on arrival can be obtained for various countries. Please see this link to see if you can obtain a visa on arrival. https://www.immigration.gov.mw/visa/countries-whose-nationals-need-visa-when-coming-to-malawi/
- Single entry visa: US$75 if issued within Malawi and US$100 if issued abroad. With a single entry visa, the traveller is granted permission to enter Malawi, the visa is cancelled as soon as the visitor leaves the country. If you are planning to stay only in Malawi, this is the best option for you.
- Multiple entry visa: US$150 if issued within Malawi and US$220 if issued abroad. A multiple entry visa allows the traveller to make multiple entries into Malawi within the validity of the visa. If you are planning to leave Malawi and come back during your trip, for example to Tanzania (Serengeti), this option is what you will need.
All those visiting Malawi will need to obtain a multiple entry visa this is because we will be going to the Serengeti and returning back to Malawi.
3. What should I bring to Malawi?
- Anti Malaria tablets, Malarone is the first choice of medication, it is expensive however, does not have the severe side effects as some of the other anti malaria tablets.
- Light long sleeved clothing to stop sun burn and to wear at night so you don’t get bitten by insects.
- Light cotton trousers for the evenings, to prevent mosquito bites on the legs.
- You will need a formal gown for the opening ceremony night as we will be having many dignitaries and VIP guests.
- Mosquito and Bug spray for hands and legs.
- Chargers – Malawi uses the UK type sockets so visitors from the USA South Africa and other countries that do not use the UK sockets will need to bring adaptors.
- All sun protection items:- sun cream, sun hats, sun glasses anything and everything to protect against the sun
- Travellers diarrhoea is very common please bring Imodium or instant Imodium. We can get Imodium in Malawi however, it is always good to travel with them just in case!
- Ladies, a sports bra is good the roads are quite bumpy and some of you who are blessed in the upper chest area may give yourselves a black eye.
- Sometimes Malawi experiences black outs please do bring a small torch most have torches on their phones, battery packs for phones is essential.
4. Do I need Travel Medical Insurance?
Please please make sure you have travel medical insurance with evacuation. Malawi hospitals are extremely basic for any serious medical attention you would need evacuation.
5. What currency should I bring?
US Dollars or British Pound is widely accepted and easy to be changed at money changers, hotels or banks, Alternatively, you can withdraw cash from the ATM points.
6. What vaccines do I need if any?
This is perhaps the most important piece of advice for traveling to Malawi. Most African countries require visitors to have all the common childhood vaccines such as Hepatitis B, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio. But there are vaccines like Hepatitis A and Meningococcal Meningitis that are not administered during childhood, so there is a high likelihood you have not had them unless you have visited Africa before.Most insurance companies will cover Hepatitis A 100% if you wish to be immunized, but will not cover it if you tell them about your upcoming travel plans (interesting.)
Please check with your health practitioner or Doctor. Most people travelling to Malawi have the following vaccines before visiting. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Yellow Fever. There is a time frame as to when you should have the vaccinations before travel to Malawi. Please check with your Doctor. Now a days they usually have the one concoction of the jab that has three vaccines in one. So you wont come from the doctors looking like a pin cushion.
Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.
If anyone is on special medication I suggest you bring enough supply of your prescribed medication as sometimes medication is scarce in Malawi and we do not always have stock of certain medications.
7. Is it safe to travel in Malawi?
Malawi is one of the safest countries in Africa, people are generally very friendly and keen to help. However, you will be travelling in one of the poorest countries of the world and it is recommended not to leave temptation around. We only recommend do not walk in the city alone at night and rather walk in groups. We try to discourage tourists walking on the streets after 7:30pm.
8. Tanzania Visa?
I am working on this for the ladies and will be updating all the information once I have everything to hand. All visitors will require a single entry visa.
9. Game Parks and Safari?
In Africa we have a saying do as the locals do! Please do remember when you are on safari follow your guides instructions.
Do not stand in the vehicles when they are moving and do not stand at any time. Do not try to feed the animals in the game park. Do not make sudden movements when you are stopped near the animals you may startle them and cause then to react in a way that can threaten them and your safety. Please lastly just remember these animals are wild do not ever try to get down the vehicles and go to pet them they are not tame animals they are WILD! The game rangers will give everyone a briefing these are just some standard rules you will hear when we go on safari.
The Warm Heart of Africa Welcomes You!
This event is for members of the 99s. Registration is based on a first come basis as we have had to limit the numbers to 70 people this is due to the maximum number the resorts and game parks can accommodate. We therefore are allowing one guest only due to the restricted numbers. Please email me for the form and send it back to me if you are interested to attend the African Conference. I will require all fees to be paid by 30th June 30 2019. All bookings will be confirmed and no refunds will be provided for cancellations after this date. The meeting fees are all inclusive of everything tours, accommodation, meals, game park fees, flights to Serengeti and return.