Traveling Luck for Malawi. Malawi, Africa
Malawi is located in Southern Africa, east of Zambia.
Land in Malawi is narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains.
Malawian land covers an area of 118480 square kilometers which is slightly smaller than Pennsylvania
Malawian national flag (Flag of Malawi)
As for the Malawian climate; sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November).
Malawian(s) speak Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, Chilomwe 2.4%, Chitonga 1.7%, other 3.6% (1998 census).
Places of note in Malawi
Regions of Malawi
Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution which came into full effect the following year. Current President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, has struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor, who still leads their shared political party. MUTHARIKA's anti-corruption efforts have led to several high-level arrests and one prominent conviction. Increasing corruption, population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for the country.
Landlocked Malawi ranks among the world's least developed countries. The economy is predominately agricultural, with about 90% of the population living in rural areas. Agriculture accounted for nearly 36% of GDP and 80% of export revenues in 2005. The performance of the tobacco sector is key to short-term growth as tobacco accounts for over 60% of exports. The economy depends on substantial inflows of economic assistance from the IMF, the World Bank, and individual donor nations. In late 2000, Malawi was approved for relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program. The government faces strong challenges, including developing a market economy, improving educational facilities, facing up to environmental problems, dealing with the rapidly growing problem of HIV/AIDS, and satisfying foreign donors that fiscal discipline is being tightened. In 2005, President MUTHARIKA championed an anticorruption campaign. Malawi's recent fiscal policy performance has been very strong, but a serious drought in 2005 and 2006 will heighten pressure on the government to increase spending.
Malawian natural resources include limestone, arable land, hydropower, unexploited deposits of uranium, coal, and bauxite
landlocked; Lake Nyasa, some 580 km long, is the country's most prominent physical feature
Malawian religion is Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3% (1998 census).
Natural hazards in Malawi include NA.
Travel Advice for MalawiMalawi
- Driving can be hazardous. Drive carefully and avoid travel after dark. Always wear seat belts.
- The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
- Most visits to Malawi are trouble free. The main type of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Malawi is for replacing stolen passports.
- You should carry some form of identification (i.e., your passport) with you at all times.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for any activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Malawi Country Profile
The EU has published a list of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the community. You should check the following link to see whether this will affect your travel: http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/air/safety/flywell_en.htm
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS
Buying uncut precious stones is illegal.
Outside the main tourist areas, women should cover legs and shoulders so as not to offend local sensitivities.
Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi.
Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the proposed date of entry.
You are not allowed to work as a volunteer, even unpaid, on a tourist visa. For details on entry requirements as a volunteer, contact the Malawian High Commission in London for Advice.
The Malawian High Commission can also advise on other types of entry requirement, and the procedure for longer stays.
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country and/or before permitting the children to leave the country.
For further information on Malawi’s immigration requirements please contact the Malawian High Commission in London.