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Changed Visa Requirements - Excerpt of the Irish Community Newsletter August 2016

(Last Update: Aug. 2016)

[.. The Malawian government’s advice is that Irish citizens should apply for a visa in advance of travel at the nearest Malawian Embassy or High Commission (in the case of Ireland, in London). The Malawian High Commission in London can be contacted here or on +44(0) 20 7421 6010.

Up to now, it had been the case that, if a visa had not previously been applied for and obtained, Irish citizens could purchase a visa on arrival in Malawi. However, the Malawian government has recently instigated a new a pre-authorisation ‘visa letter’ scheme. They advise that if a prospective traveller has not obtained a visa before leaving for Malawi, a visa may only be issued upon arrival if that person has first obtained this letter, issued by the Malawian Immigration Department. The email address through which such a letter may be sought is: permitcounter@gmail.com

It is our strong recommendation that if planning a trip to Malawi, you contact the email address given above but also directly contact the Malawi High Commission in London well in advance of such a trip to ascertain what the precise position is, and seek the letter referred to.

Our travel advice for Irish citizens considering travelling is here (on link, go to final tab- ‘Visas and Additional Information’ and I would encourage you to check it before any flights are booked. ..]

VISA FOR MALAWI

(Last Update: Feb. 2016)

Note: Without engagement - Please check for current information on line or at your nearest embassy, too, as it can change and depends on which country you come from.

From 1 October, 2015, Malawi is implementing a new Visa system. All nationals from countries that require Malawians to pay for visa to enter their countries will require to obtain a visa to enter Malawi.

The Visa for United Kingdom and some countries can be obtained at any port of entry into Malawi or at the Malawi High Commission in London.

For non-UK residents please confirm with the Mission if you are eligible for port-of-entry visa.

Visa can be applied in person or through post and payment by cash/postal orders/bank certified cheque/bank draft.

The following categories of nationals and offices are exempted from the new visa requirements:

  • Nationals from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries, except Angola.
  • Nationals from the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Diplomats and Government Officials.
  • Nationals from all countries that do not require Malawians to pay Visa fees when they travel to such countries.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

VISA applications are received on MONDAY’s only from 10:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Approved Visas are collected only on THURSDAY’s only from 10:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

The following are required:

  • Valid passport for not less than six months
  • Two passport photos
  • Covering letter
  • Invitation letter (excluding tourists)
  • Air ticket/Itinerary
  • Confirmed Hotel booking
  • Three months latest bank statements
  • VISA FEES

The following fees are applicable only at Visas processed at the Malawi High Commission in London and payable in British Sterling Pound (GBP)

  • Visa Type Visa Fee (GBP)
  • Transit Visa (7 days) £50
  • Single entry (90 days) £65
  • Multiple Entry (6 months) £145
  • Multiple entry (12 months) £200
  • Visa on arrival in Malawi
  • Visa Type Visa Fee (US$)
  • Transit $50
  • Single entry $75
  • Multiple Entry (6 months) $150
  • Multiple entry (12 months) $250
  • MALAWI PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

* All Applicants should book an appointment in advance for all passport processes. They will be required to come in person to process once the appointment is granted.

* Passports are processed on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and appointments should be made at least 7 days in advance.

Passport renewal for Adults and Children over 10 years

  • Old passport
  • Two passport photos with clear white back ground (size 4.5 x3.5 cm)
  • Marriage/divorce/death certificates for married women who want to change the names
  • Birth certificate and national identity card for those born outside Malawi
  • Fee: £65 (Cash only)

Lost Passport replacement for Adults and Children over 10 years

  • Police report
  • Two passport size photos
  • Copies of the lost passport or previous passports
  • Fee: £70 (cash only)

New Passport application for minors below 10 years (children born within and outside UK)

  • Two passport size photos
  • Birth certificate
  • Adoption letters and legal documents
  • Parent’s passport copies
  • Fee: £60 (cash only)

Lost Passport replacement for minors below 10 years

  • Two passport size photos
  • Police report
  • Copies of lost passport or previous passports
  • Fee: £60 (cash only)

NOTE: ALL PASSPORTS ARE SENT TO MALAWI FOR PROCESSING. PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO PROCESS YOUR PASSPORTS.

EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENT

Requirements

  • Covering letter explaining reasons of application
  • Holder of passport whether expired or lost
  • Download the form www.malawihighcommission.co.uk
  • Two passport photos
  • Photocopies of passport
  • Air ticket (confirmed)
  • Fee: £35 (cash only)

Emergency Travel Document for Children

  • Download the form Malawi High Commission website.
  • Two passport size photos
  • Birth certificate
  • Photocopies of parent’s passports
  • Air ticket
  • Fee: £35 (Cash only)

NOTE: PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE TO CONFIRM THE SERVICE AVAILABITY. IT IS A SAME DAY SERVICE OR CAN BE SENT THROUGH POST.

CITIZENSHIP

  • RENUNCIATION OF MALAWI CITIZENSHIP - £65
  • RESTORATION OF MALAWI CITIZENSHIP - £450
  • REGISTRATION OF CITIZENSHIP BY THIRD GENERATION - £450
  • APOSTILE: LEGALISATION OF DOCUMENTS-BIRTH/MARRIAGE/DIVORCE/DEATH CERTIFICATES

Requirements

  • Covering letter
  • Original certificates
  • Copy of current passport
  • Fee: £50 (cash/bank certified cheque/bankdraft/postal order payable to Malawi High Commission)

NOTE: All documents are sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for processing. Allow enough time for the process to be completed.

Police clearance (CRB)

Requirements

Get fingerprints taken at any local police station and send them with:
  • Covering letter
  • Copy of passport
  • Fee: £184 (cash/bank certified cheque/bankdraft/postal order payable to Malawi High Commission)

NOTE: DOCUMENTS ARE SENT TO MALAWI POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN LILONGWE. ALLOW TIME FOR PROCESSING.