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The languages that are typically spoken are English and Chichewa
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 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 .
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.
Import and export information
Unmanufactured game trophies.
Gold and valuables.
Tobacco:200 cigarettes; or
Tobacco:250g tobacco in any other form.
Other items:250mL eau de toilette and 50mL perfume.
Other items:Personal goods up to the value of MK300,000 per traveller.
Any attempt to import a restricted good without a relevant permit is considered to be a prohibited import.
All animals must be certified as free from disease before importation.
Wild animals and their derivative products.
Live fish, their eggs, and spawn.
Any bird eggs, whether in shell or dried form.
Bees and their derivative products, including honey and beeswax.
Meat requires written permission from the Minister of Industry and Trade.
Clothing and uniforms designed for military or police use.
Knives with a spring blade, such as flick knives.
Mist nets for the capture of wild birds.
Compound products containing flour and meal residues, including chemical additions to animal foodstuffs, antibiotic growth stimulants, and bird seed.
Gram and dhall.
Maize, including maize grits, maize cones, and hominy chop.
Oil seeds, oil meal, oil cake, offal, and residue from oil seeds.
Rupoko and rupoko meal.
Kitchen and table salt.
Ammunitions and guns.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Malawi, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A typhoid vaccination is recommended for most travellers, especially those staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or for those that are adventurous eaters.
Cholera is a risk in Malawi, and this vaccination is recommended for adults who are travelling to an area of active cholera transmission. However, because cholera is rare in travellers, consultation with a doctor regarding this vaccination should be sought prior to travel. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCCholera Advice.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals such as veterinarians and researchers, for those who are taking a long trip or moving to Malawi, and children as they are more likely to receive animal bites.
Travellers to Malawi should take anti-malarial medication before, during, and after their trip. Consultation with a doctor regarding this medication should be sought prior to travel. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDC Malaria in Malawi.
Note: Chloroquine is NOT an effective anti-malarial medication in Malawi.
Chikungunya, dengue, African tick-bite fever, and African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness) are diseases carried by insects that occur in Malawi. For information on disease prevention, please visit the CDC Insect Protection Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high incidence rates of tuberculosis (TB). For further information, please visit the CDCTuberculosis Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high HIV prevalence rates. For further information, please visit the CDC HIV Advice.