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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