Malawi travel advice, temperature, rainfall, SIM cards, ATM and road rules

Malawi 🇲🇼

Malawi is part of Africa with main city at Lilongwe. Its Least Developed country with a population of 17M people. The main currency is Malawi Kwacha. The languages spoken are English,Chichewa. the Republic of Malawi is the formal name of Malawi It is adviced to Exercise normal safety precautions Get useful information like travel advice, temperatures, rainfall, socket plugs, languages spoken, SIM cards, ATM, currencies, road rules and emergency numbers.
👍 Least Developed   🌤️ ~24.70 °C   🌧 ~66.81 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 17M people

Advice

⚠️ Travel advice

Exercise normal safety precautions

Political protests have been occurring in Lilongwe and Blantyre since the elections in May 2019. Some protests have turned violent. Avoid demonstrations (see Safety and security). We haven’t changed our level of advice - 'exercise normal safety precautions in Malawi. Higher levels apply in the Mulanje district. Excersise high degree of caution to Mulanje district.

issued date: October 30, 2019

Weather

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General

🔌 Sockets

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

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are English, Chichewa

Money

💱 Currencies Used

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.

🏧 ATMs

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.

Calling

📡 Internet

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

📱 Phones

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.

📞 Calling

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

🛣️ 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.

🆘 Emergency

Universal

112

Police

112

Ambulance

112

Fire department

112

Last updated: October 8, 2019