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What language is spoken in Malawi?

The official language of Malawi is English.

What currency is used in Malawi?

The currency used throughout the country is the Malawian Kwacha. Some large hotels will accept major credit cards. ATMs can be found sparingly in the country. 

Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Malawi?

A visa is required to travel to the country as a tourist from Canada and the United States. It can be obtained prior to travelling or on arrival in Malawi. A valid passport is mandatory for travel. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date you expect to leave Malawi.

When is the best time to travel to Malawi?

The best time to travel to Malawi is between May and October when it is a comfortable temperature and the weather is generally dry. 

Is there transportation within Malawi?

The main forms of transportation within the country include car rental, tour and safari operators, public transit, and taxis. 

Is Malawi a family-friendly destination?

Malawi is a safe country and can be great for families who are on the adventurous side. Its diversity and relative newness to North Americans is its charm.   

How welcoming is Malawi to LGBTQ travellers?

Malawi is not as accepting of LGTBQ rights as some other nations in Africa. Homosexual acts are illegal and conservative beliefs prevail. They ask that all visitors maintain an understanding of cultural sensitivity concerning this issue. While discretion is to be practised regardless of orientation at sites of antiquity as well as during day-to-day touring and on safari, Malawi welcomes all kinds of travellers. 

What vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Malawi? 

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Malawi, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations, particularly in regard to malaria prophylactics. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.


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