Malawi international travel guide

Malawi

Malawi is part of Africa with main city at Lilongwe. It's usually 🌤️ 23.11 °C in Malawi with a rainfall of 🌧 210.97 mm. Internet speed in Malawi is on average 1.7 Mbps. In Malawi you drive on the left side. Its Least Developed country with a population of 17M people. The main currency is Malawi Kwacha. The languages spoken are English and Chichewa. Automatic teller machines are rare in Malawi. Current travel safety advice is Exercise normal safety precautions. Get other useful information like socket plugs, SIM cards and emergency numbers.
👍 Least Developed   🌤️ ~23.11 °C   🌧 ~210.97 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 17M people

Advice

🛡️ Travel safety

Exercise normal safety precautions

The ruling on the May 2019 electoral results is expected in the coming weeks. Further violent protests could occur. Monitor local media for developments and avoid demonstrations. We haven't changed our level of advice: Exercise normal safety precautions in Malawi overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

issued date: January 16, 2020

General

🔌 Sockets

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

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are English and 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: February 12, 2020