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Travel Advice for Australians Visiting Malawi

Travel Advice for Australians Visiting Malawi:


  • We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Malawi because of the risk of criminal activity.
  • Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
  • Political tensions between the government and opposition have increased the risk of civil unrest. You should avoid demonstrations and large public gatherings as they may become violent.
  • Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Malawi. The Australian Embassy in Zimbabwe provides consular assistance to Australians in Malawi. If you are planning to stay in Malawi for more than six months, you should consider registering with the British High Commission in Lilongwe, see Where to Get Help section below.
  • Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 has spread throughout the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) provides useful information for individuals and travellers on its website. For further information and advice to Australians, including on possible quarantine measures overseas, see our travel bulletin on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009.
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:
    • organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
    • register your travel and contact details, so we can contact you in an emergency
    • subscribe to this travel advice to receive free email updates each time it's reissued.

On this page:


Safety and Security

Local Laws

Entry and Exit Requirements

Health Issues

Where to Get Help

It is highly recommended that Australians read the full contents of this Travel Advice at the following link: