Malawi reopens airports Sept 1 after lifting coronavirus restrictions

Malawi will allow foreign airlines to resume operations from September 1, as it seeks to limit the economic and social damage from its coronavirus restrictions, authorities said on Thursday.

Travellers to get back

Airports have been closed since March, when the government imposed  struck restrictions to try to contain the global pandemic.

Malawi has recorded 5474 cases and 173 deaths from the virus so far, although the real figure may be higher as fewer than 50,000 tests have been conducted.

Kamuzu International Airport in the administrative capital Lilongwe will now open to limited flights next week.

“The government has carefully considered adverse effects of the suspension of air travel on all sectors of the economy and has therefore decided to lift the suspension with effect from 1 September 2020,” James Chakwera, Acting Director of the Department of Civil Aviation, said in a statement.

He added that initially only a limited number of flights would operate, while all arrivals will be required to produce Covid-19 negative test results based on tests conducted within 10 days prior to arrival.

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Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Negative tests results? Really? Only in Malawi, and how are you going to authenticate that? And what will happen if one doesn’t produce one? Why not just test them at the airport and/or ask them to self isolate for two weeks, etc.

Moya
Moya
9 months ago

How would you know they are legit certificates or not? U are simply going to make Nigerians rich by selling the fake certificates to be used at our Airports. Why can’t you check these certificates whilst boarding from their respective Airports unlike checking when they have already landed here and infected others already in the plane. Let’s be smart about it.

Last edited 9 months ago by Moya
Banda
Banda
9 months ago

Wonderful news But Government has failed to advise if the restrictions on obtaining a Visa from European North American or any country which requires a Visa will be lifted!!!!!! … Or will international travel be outgoing only?

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