Malawi Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Malawi Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Malawi, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Red is the colour that usually characterizes Malawi. The red earth huts, villages or roads are all contrasted by surrounding lush green vegetation. Despite being less travelled by tourists, Malawi offers tropical forests, mountains, clear lakes, fauna and flora, and perennial culture. Whether you seek adventure, discovery or relaxation, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable journey by travelling through its three main regions: Northern Malawi, Central Malawi and Southern Malawi. It is possible to take a cultural tour to spice up your stay in Malawi. You should also take a safari or organize a hike in the wilderness during your time here.

While traveling to Malawi, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A beautiful beach in Malawi

Recommended travel vaccinations for Malawi

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Malawi

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Current Weather in Malawi


Medical Care in Malawi

In order to enjoy yourself in Malawi, you must ensure to update your yellow fever, tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations before making the trip. In order to avoid compromising situations, bring an emergency medical kit with you. The Malamulo hospital is an Adventist hospital located in Makwasa and can provide you with care to meet your needs. If you are staying far from the center, St Gabriel’s Hospital in Namitete all provides a range of medical care. The call line of the ZMK Medical Centre is available at all hours of the day.

Call 998 for an ambulance in Malawi.

Is Malawi Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime High risk
Fraud Risk present in major cities
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Poor road conditions; igh risk of fatal accidents; Avoid hitchhiking
Public transportation Limited outside urban areas; Avoid minibuses
Spiked food and drinks Never leave your drinks or food unattended
Women’s safety Risk present; Avoid close-fitting clothing
Health Cholera warning
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Malawi?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Malawi. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Malawi information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian High Commission to Mozambique
Street Address:
Kenneth Kaunda Avenue 1138,
Maputo, Mozambique

Tel.: 258 (21) 244-200
Fax: 258 (21) 492-667

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian High Commission in Mozambique. There is no Canadian government office in Malawi.

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