Malawi removes visa requirements for visitors from 79 countries Malawi removes visa requirements for visitors from 79 countries

The UK are among selected nations now able to travel visa-free to this exciting, emerging African nation…
21 February 2024

The UK, USA, Canada and Australia are among 79 worldwide countries now eligible to enter Malawi without having to apply for a visa.

Government officials amended travel regulations to the African nation on 7 February. The changes included dropping visa requirements for certain nations in efforts to boost tourism and trade, both key industries for Malawi’s economy.

Essentially, visitors from eligible countries will be able to enter Malawi both visa-free and cost-free for up to 30 days.

Tourism Minister Vera Tamukule announced to local media: “This monumental decision isn’t just about visas; it’s about unleashing the untapped potential of our beloved Malawi and inviting the world to experience its wonders first-hand.”

So why visit Malawi?

The African nation is located in Southern Africa and bordered by Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. Although tourism is Malawi’s third largest source of income, it is still considered an emerging destination for travellers to experience.

Dubbed the ‘Warm heart of Africa’, Malawi maybe considered small when compared to its neighbours, but its home to a wealth of extraordinary landscapes and perhaps the most friendliest locals on the continent. What’s more, it has one of the most inspiring conservation stories, bringing its iconic African animals back from the brink. Over the past two decades, its national parks have transformed into thriving wildlife sanctuaries, now home again to the ‘Big Five’, which includes the elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. Majete and Liwonde National Parks are just a couple of places that offer extraordinary and affordable safari experiences.

Despite being landlocked, Malawi is also known for its picturesque beaches. There are multiple secret sandy bays dotted around Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest freshwater lake and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lined with baobab trees and rural villages, the dominating lake is popular for activities such as swimming, kayaking and snorkelling.

To learn more about entry requirements for the UK, visit gov.uk

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