Malawi impose visa fees for Americans

Malawi government has introduced Visa fees for Americans entering the country equivalent to what Malawians pay when entering their country, thus U$160 which is equivalent to K73,600.00 with immediate effect.

Medi: Chief Immigration Officer

Medi: Chief Immigration Officer

In a circular to all immigration border posts and top immigration officers in the country dated May 20, 2015, Chief Immigration Officer Masauko Medi, says:”Please take note that all Americans entering Malawi should start paying visa with immediate effect.”

This, however, excludes Americans travelling on government sponsored trips because Malawi government officials are also treated in the same way in the United States of America.

“For Americans travelling on state (Government) sponsored trip, no payment is required as we are treated in their country,” reads part of the circular signed for by Medi.

President Peter Mutharika earlier on hinted in the National Assembly that his government would introduce these changes.

 

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BadIdea
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How can this reciprocal gesture be of any sense? The reason America can demand visa fees is because they can – millions of visitors enter the USA every year, and many more will continue, because USA has a lot to offer; migrants (legal or illegal) visit USA for better paying jobs and a better life. And tourists visit USA to thousands of attractions, such as National Parks, Canyons, Ski Resorts, Game Parks, Water Parks, Mile-long Beaches, Casino’s, Grand Prix, Mountaineering, Huge city marvels and a thoroughly professional and vibrant tourist friendly atmosphere. People would still visit the USA if a… Read more »
Ellen
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My husband is from Malawi originally. We are planning to travel with our young child to Malawi to see his family very soon. Our child and myself have never been to Malawi. We have already bought airline tickets to travel there. I am American citizen and he is now one also. Our son is American born. This is stressful because are already paying almost $5,500 USD to fly there. Now add an extra $500.00 USD on top of that for us to just to enter the country?? Really??? My husband spends around 25% of his monthly paycheck to support his… Read more »
nchimba
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Kodi visayo amapanga apply mudziwapatsa ya zaka zingati? Poti us imaperekatu up to ten years kwa ena nde in your economics mwaona kuti mudziwapatsa masiku angati?

nchimba
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OK, Is USA the only country that charges for a visa to enter it country? I thought UK, Germany, Netherlands and many more western countries. Singling out USA is catastrophic. Chibale chivutilapotu Apa. By the way should USA be imposing fees on amatha abatawira Ku USA aja? Apatu nde mukuona mwachenjera but guess wat USA citizens can go to Kenya, Mozambique, RSA or Botswana for tourism. Mwapala mukanayamba pang’ono pang’ono. Let the game begin owina ndimpatsa mpunga otendera

Peter Chikwakwa
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American citizens must pay VISA when entering malawi, kodi anthu mumadzisaukitsa bwanji?? U think $160 is too much?? And for sure it’s long overdue.

naphiri
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am shocked that we were not charging. why not? ife timafa ndi visa fees in most countries – so long we are accountable and funds go to right pockets/use

chaiwone wawo
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a decision taken very late. Still i say thumbs up

johntembo Kuffor
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What about UK? we pay 250.00 Pounds (K200,000.00) They too (UKs) must pay 500.00 Pounds to enter into Malawi.

Zeno
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Amalawi amzanga musaganize ngati visa aywmbe kupeleka ndi ma Americans okha, mayiko ambiri all west African countries they pay visa wen entering Malawi, Indians, Pakistan, portugal, and other countries just to mention afew

Viva
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Such an emotional decision! Koma mitu yanu imakoka anthu inu? You dont target a country, you just revise you list of countries that require visas. Secondly, you are forgetting that tourists who come to Malawi are usually the backpackers. A rich American tourist usually likes spending money in a country where there are private resorts, where facilities are available. now even back packers wont come! Why should they spend 160 on a visa!!! Tiyeni tione limodzi

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