Mwami border | Customs and Immigration

Malawi

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Last Visited: 7 months ago
GPS: -13.75297, 32.79867
Altitude: 0.0 masl

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50 USD single entry, 30 days for me with UK passport.
Multiple entry 80USD 90 days

Now 50USD for transit, 75 USD for 30 days

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Having read about the insurance scams coming into Malawi we bought 3 countries 60 days comesa cover (477 kwacha) at Madisons General Insurance in chipata. Some guys tried to sell us and told us because we have a SA vehicle its not valid which was just a lie. Only once we were asked by cops on the way to Lilongwe, we showed the yellow form and it was fine.

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Visa 75$, road tax $20, Carbon tax 11.500kwacha, processing fee TIP 10.000 kwacha.

Money Exchangers around. straight forward proces.

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Tip cost: 10,000 Malawi kwacha
Carbon Tax: Based on engine size 4,000 to 15,500 Malawi kwacha

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Exiting Zambia, entering Malawi by 4x4 with CdP

Great advice about insurance scam when entering Malawi (thanks!) - they tried to charge us 35,000 Malawian Kwacha (almost 50 US$) for 1 month’s insurance in only Malawi. We bought 3 months for 3 countries (COMESA yellow card) for just under 40 US$ at Madison General Insurance in Chipata (listed on ioverlander).

British passport - 75 US$ single entry visa
Road tax - 20 US$

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if crossing from Zambia to Malawi be warned you will be ripped off for insurance on the malawian side, I am going to buy Comesa insurance in Chipata and will update how it goes, update: Went to Madison's insurance, very professional and I bought insurance for local and comesa for Malawi at half of what they wanted in Malawi border side, not open on Sundays

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Travelling from Zambia into Malawi.
Travelling on British passports with CPD and COMESA.

No need for exchanging local currency unless you want to as both visa (USD 75 pp for 30 days- extension available in immigration offices) and road access fee (USD 20) payable in USD. May be different if travelling on a TIP and need local vehicle insurance.

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ATM was not working and bank was closed!
Visa (50$) and road toll (20$) you have to pay in USD.
Carbon Tax you have to pay in Kwacha. Because we couldn't get money of the atm and we didn't want to change money on the road (bad exchange rate: 1 USD =11.5)
custom allowed us to pay carbon tax in the next city and they wrote it down on our carnet.
Chipata City Council fee would be 50 Kwacha but we told that we don't have local money because of the atm and pay next day in Chipata. We could leave but of course we did not pay afterwards!

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KAZA visa not possible to get :( ONLY on airports or border with Zimbabwe.
Malawi side friendly and easy.
Zambian side horrible!
Totally unfriendly custom officer wanted to charge us for carbon tax 550 kwacha which is more than 50$ !!! Printed price list shows 275 but it's only when you go back to Malawi. If you transit to another country there is new price list, he printed new one:
engine
motocycles and engine 0-1500 cc - 140 kwacha
1501-2000 cc - 280 kwacha
2001-3000 cc - 400 kwacha
more than 3000 - 550 kwacha
payed ONLY in kwacha.
ATM outside working on Visa card, no charges.
Then city council 40 kwacha.
And road tax probably 20$ but we dodn't pay and nobody checked.
Crazy money!!!

Edited: fines for speeding in Zambia:
if speed limit is 40: you pay 300 kwacha if you go between 50-100 km/h you pay the same amount!
If you go more than 100 km/h you pay 480 kwacha.
On main roads speed limit is between 80/100 km/h

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Malawi to Zambia.
Zambian carbon tax is now doubled for transit vehicles (exiting at different border). 2-3L engine 400ZKW, 3L+ 550 ZKW. Because this didn’t make sense to us and the old prices were displayed on the window we insisted on some sort of proof of this new rule. They showed us a government print out where this was stated, seemed legit. Unfortunately...it’s freaking expensive. Even the friendly road tax guys (another $20) were surprised that we had to pay that much (but couldn’t lower the price, other department). No ATM at Malawi or Zambia side.

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Reasonably quick. A 1-hour crossing.
We weren’t asked for a health check.
Walked to immigration. Paid USD50 each for a single-entry visa into Zambia. Had to fill in our names and passport details into a registration book that was lying around. Got our passports stamped and then in the window to the left, we had to pay ZMW275 for carbon tax (highest category has over 3L engine). Upon receipt of payment you’ll be given a Gate Pass.

Next, we had to pay for Road Toll Tax which cost us USD20 which exempts you from having to pay at tolls. Finally, we had to pay ZMW40 for a Border Crossing Fee to Chipata City Council.

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We crossed from Zambia into Malawi in a ZA-registered car with a carnet. Still had to pay $20 road tax for Malawi.
We got a 7 day transit visa for $50pp which we will try to extend in Monkey Bay. The officials tried to limit the transit visa to only 2 days, but after some discussion gave us the 7day version. After all quite an easy border.

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Crossing the border from Malawi to Zambia. Malawi exit is a bit of a mess but officials are very helpful. Took 5 minutes to exit with TIP and two Dutch passports.
Entry Zambia was not easy to find due to amount of trucks parked. After that entry was a dream. Bought visa for US$ 50 each, 5 minutes work. Used CDP for the car, another 10 minutes. Paid carbon tax, 275 kwatchees. Insurance 200 Kwatchees from Madison. Friendly guy and quick. He also arranged council tax for 40 kwatchees and the road tax for US$20.
Longest wait was for the receipt for the carbon tax as the officer was distracted. All in all 90 minutes, could have been half. Best border post ever

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Easy border, no hassle.

Pay $75 for visa (Indonesian) 30days single Entry
Pay $20 for Road tax (If you have comesa then no Need i guess)
Stamp carnet.
TIP for motorcycle 18.000MK

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Slow, but not complicated for South Africans. Stamp the passport and carnet and negotiate third party insurance with one of the organizations just past the border. We paid 25000 MK for a months TPI. You need to have MK for this, but can change at the insurance company.

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50 USD single entry, 30 days for me with UK passport.
Multiple entry 80USD 90 days

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