Malawi international travel guide in 2024

Malawi international travel guide in 2024

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Malawi has a population of 17M with main currency as Malawian Kwacha. The languages spoken are English. Malawi travel safety advice is Exercise a high degree of caution. Automatic teller machines are rare in Malawi. Internet speed in Malawi is on average 1.7 Mbps.In Malawi you drive on the left side.

Malawi travel advice

Exercise a high degree of caution
Malawi is currently experiencing a widespread cholera outbreak (see ‘Health‘). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Malawi due to the high crime rate.

Issue Date : May 5, 2023

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Malawi uses 230V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type G.


The languages that are typically spoken are English

Money in Malawi


Malawi uses the Malawian kwacha (symbol: MK), code MWK.Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 kwachas. Kwacha is subdivided into 100 tambalas. Coins come in denominations of 10, 5 and 1 kwachas and 50, 20, 10, 2 and 1 tambalas.


Automatic teller machines are rare in Malawi. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Internet in Malawi


Internet speed in Malawi is on average 1.7 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Malawi is very low. It's quite hard to find one.


You can buy a SIM card for about 6,834.62 MWK, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 2 telecoms: Airtel or TNM. Malawi uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Malawi upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.


To call Malawi, dial +, then 265 (the country code for Malawi), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Malawi, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 1 .

Driving in Malawi

Road rules

In Malawi you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways, 50-60 km/h (31-37 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on undivided highways.


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Malawi visa advice

If you're considering exploring Malawi beyond the usual transit spots, our comprehensive guide on Malawi transit visa offers deeper insights and broader options for travelers of different nationalities. For those transiting through other countries en route to Malawi, understanding Malawi Transit Visa requirements is crucial to ensure a smooth journey.

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