Sub Saharan Africa

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Still current at: 12 June 2008
Updated: 29 May 2008

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendment to the Political Situation, Health (prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Malawi) and General sections.  The overall level of the advice has not changed.  

(see travel advice legal disclaimer)

Travel advice for this country

Local laws and customs

Drug taking and smuggling are offences.  This includes the purchase and use of cannabis.  Punishment can be severe.

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 acts are illegal in Malawi.
For more general information for different types of travellers see Travel Advice Relevant to You.

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Malawi, Lilongwe, British High Commission


British High Commission
PO Box 30042
Lilongwe 3


(265) (1) 772 400
(265) (1) 772 683
(265) (1) 772 701
(265) (1) 772 182
(265) (1) 772 027
(265) (1) 772 123


(265) (1) 772 657


Office hours:

Mon-Thurs: 0530-1000 / 1130-1430
Fri: 0530-1030

Local Time:
Mon-Thurs: 0730-1200 / 1330-1630
Fri: 0730-1230
Out of hours, High Commission answer machine gives a contact number



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