Here you will find important tips and useful information for Malawi.
Swiss Bankers Travel is not accepted in this country.
in US Dollar (USD)
Change cash in local currency
Local currency / ISO Code
Malawi kwacha MWK
Currency exchange rate
MWK 10'000 = ~ CHF 9.56 ; CHF 1 = ~ MWK 1027.00 (10/2022)
Credit cards are rarely accepted. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Travelers are advised to bring cash in US dollar (in small amounts).
Tourst must pay hotel bills in foreign currency (AUD, EUR, GBP, USD etc.).
Prior to leaving the country, it is advisable to spend local banknotes or to exchange them back into hard currency. Exchanging MWK in Switzerland may cause problems and result in considerable exchange loss.
Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.
Find out from local authorities about the current situation and exercise caution when traveling or planning to travel to the northern end of Lake Malawi or crossing the border.
Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs (up to life imprisonment).
Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.
+ 1 h; +/- 0 h during our summer time
English and Chichewa
101 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
220 volt / adapter required for 3-pronged plug
Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds.
8.00 - 14.00 h (Mon - Fri)
7.30/8.00 - 12.00 h and 13.00 - 16.00/17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
7.30 - 12.00 h (Sat)
International driver's licence required for car rentals.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
Lilongwe, Fracht (Africa) Ltd., Mtendere Drive 10/334
Tel. +265 1 712 222
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