E-visas now available for tourists and business travelers
4 Dec 19
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Malawi has launched an e-visa for tourists and business travelers.
What does the change mean? Employees are now able to conduct short-term business travel using the e-visa. Tourists can enter Malawi on the e-visa and stay for up to 12 months.
- Implementation time frame: Nov. 1, 2019
- Visas/permits affected: E-visas.
- Who is affected: Employees conducting short-term business visits and tourists.
- Impact on processing times: The change will shorten processing times for employees on short term business trips as they will be able to obtain an e-visa online before travel. Processing for e-visas will typically be five days, and can take up to 21 days for complicated applications (e.g., individuals who have recently traveled to politically volatile regions).
Additional information: Visa duration varies and will be granted for the exact duration of the visit to Malawi (for example a visa for a five-day business trip will be granted for five days), up to a maximum initial visa duration of 12 months.
Applicants can access the e-visa portal here. The fees vary from $50 to $250.
- Transit Visa – $50.
- Single entry – $75.
- Multiple entry for six months – $150.
- Multiple entry for 12 months – $250.
Analysis & Comments: The introduction of e-visas is a welcome development that will provide faster and more convenient processing for eligible travelers.
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