Malawi

Capital Lilongwe

Population 16,832,910

Area 118,484 km2

Key facts

Malawi is a country located in Eastern Africa. There are 3 countries (Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia) that Malawi shares its borders with. As for languages, the country's residents speak English and Chichewa.

The national currency in Malawi is Malawian kwacha (MWK). The kwacha (MK) is subdivided into 100 tambala.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 1015.53 MWK and 1 USD is worth 1036.8 MWK.

Malawian
Banknotes

MK5MK10MK20MK50MK100MK200MK500

Malawian
Coins

MK1MK5MK10MK15MK20MK40MK50MK75MK10012550

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Malawi is 21.85 Mbps and mobile is Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Malawi.4.71 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Malawi, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Malawi. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Malawi?

There are no Mariott hotels in Malawi.

There are no Hilton hotels in Malawi.

There are no IHG hotels in Malawi.

There are no Best Western hotels in Malawi.

There are no Radisson hotels in Malawi.

There are no Accor hotels in Malawi.

What fast food chains are present in Malawi?

If you are not a fan of trying new dishes, have a look at the following list of fast-food chains in Malawi.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Malawi.

The KFC chain operates in Malawi.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Malawi.

The Subway chain does not operate in Malawi.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Malawi.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Malawi.

Weather

Today the sun in Lilongwe, rises at 5:21 AM and sets at 5:42 PM. The climate of Lilongwe may be categorized as a Humid subtropical (Cwa), according to Koppen's classification system.
SaturdayOct 8Partly cloudlyLow: 11.3°C (52.34°F)High: 26.4°C (79.52°F)
SundayOct 9OvercastLow: 12.8°C (55.04°F)High: 24.6°C (76.28°F)
MondayOct 10Partly cloudlyLow: 11.7°C (53.06°F)High: 26°C (78.8°F)
TuesdayOct 11Partly cloudlyLow: 15°C (59°F)High: 25.8°C (78.44°F)
WednesdayOct 12Partly cloudlyLow: 11.5°C (52.7°F)High: 25.9°C (78.62°F)
ThursdayOct 13SunnyLow: 12.1°C (53.78°F)High: 27.2°C (80.96°F)

Weather data for Lilongwe (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Malawi.

Car Rental Avis is available, but Sixt , Hertz are not present in Malawi.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.9, Malawi is placed 68th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Malawi traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 33.40 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Malawi

997 Police
999 Ambulance
999 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban No known rules against smoking, or no information is available.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is prohibited, but medical use is legal.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Malawi?

Currently, citizens of 146 countries can enter Malawi without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Malawi.

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