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Malawi customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Malawi to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Malawi make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Malawi customs regulations.

Import regulations in Malawi

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. One of the following:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • or 250g tobacco in any other form.

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. All of the following:

  • 1 litre spirits;
  • 1 litre of wine or beer.

Other Goods

  • 250mL eau de toilette and 50mL perfume.
  • Personal goods up to the value of MK300,000 per traveller.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.

  • Any attempt to import a restricted good without a relevant permit is considered to be a prohibited import.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival.

  • All animals must be certified as free from disease before importation.
  • Wild animals and their derivative products.
  • Live fish, their eggs, and spawn.
  • Any bird eggs, whether in shell or dried form.
  • Bees and their derivative products, including honey and beeswax.
  • Meat requires written permission from the Minister of Industry and Trade.
  • Clothing and uniforms designed for military or police use.
  • Pharmaceuticals.
  • Gold.
  • Sugar.
  • Knives with a spring blade, such as flick knives.
  • Radioactive substances.
  • Game traps.
  • Mist nets for the capture of wild birds.
  • Unpreserved beans.
  • Compound products containing flour and meal residues, including chemical additions to animal foodstuffs, antibiotic growth stimulants, and bird seed.
  • Gram and dhall.
  • Ground nuts.
  • Maize, including maize grits, maize cones, and hominy chop.
  • Oil seeds, oil meal, oil cake, offal, and residue from oil seeds.
  • Potatoes.
  • Rice.
  • Rupoko and rupoko meal.
  • Bananas.
  • Exercise books.
  • Fertilisers.
  • Dieldrin.
  • Aldrin.
  • Kitchen and table salt.
  • Ammunitions and guns.

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