(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: email@example.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. ..]
(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:
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:
The following fees are applicable only at Visas processed at the Malawi High Commission in London and payable in British Sterling Pound (GBP)
* 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
Lost Passport replacement for Adults and Children over 10 years
New Passport application for minors below 10 years (children born within and outside UK)
Lost Passport replacement for minors below 10 years
NOTE: ALL PASSPORTS ARE SENT TO MALAWI FOR PROCESSING. PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO PROCESS YOUR PASSPORTS.
NOTE: PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE TO CONFIRM THE SERVICE AVAILABITY. IT IS A SAME DAY SERVICE OR CAN BE SENT THROUGH POST.
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.
NOTE: DOCUMENTS ARE SENT TO MALAWI POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN LILONGWE. ALLOW TIME FOR PROCESSING.