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Malawi is a small country with a lot of attractions for the visitor. Whether visiting the clear waters of Lake Malawi or the lush grasslands of the northern plateaus, visitors will be treated to a warm welcome. Keep these tips in mind to make sure that your trip is without any unexpected surprises.
Hotels and lodges are well-appointed, but do not expect more than 3 or 4 star by Western standards.
Many places close during the rainy season or prices may be heavily discounted in rainy season.
A valid passport (dates valid up to six months after date of departure) and a return ticket is required to the enter the country.
A visa is required by all foreign nationals.
Nationals of the following countries, do not need a visa: all Commonwealth Countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the USA.
No specific inoculation requirements exist but visitors are urged to check with physicians about suggested inoculations.
Electricity is 220-240V 50 Hz with UK 3-pin square pins.
Time Zone is Greenwich Mean Time 2 all year round.
Official language is English.
Even though the people are poor, resist the temptation to hand out gifts or charity as fights amongst the people may ensue for the 'gift'.
Malaria is a problem, especially in the rainy season and around the lake. Check with your tour operator and remember to use prophylactics.
Do not drink the water. Drink only bottled water.
Do not buy food from street vendors or eat food that has not been properly cooked or peeled.
The local currency is the Malawi Kache.
Money can be exchanged at airports or banks.
Credit cards are accepted in some locations.
It is recommended that visitors carry small denominations of US dollars with them instead of exchanging their currency as many locations except it as legal tender.