Vaccinations for Malawi

There are no required vaccinations for Malawi for entry – unless you are coming from a Yellow Fever country. However, it is strongly recommended that you be covered against a number of different diseases before your trip and this all needs to be talked through well before leaving home.

The basic recommendations for vaccinations for Malawi for the short-term traveller are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis. However if you are going camping of trekking or visiting more rural regions of Malawi you may need to consider cover against Hepatitis B, Rabies, Meningococcal Meningitis and Cholera.

Travellers should have their initial consultation with the Doctor at least 4-6 weeks before departure for their trip.

There is a considerable risk of contracting Malaria in this region throughout the year – even in the dry season. Adequate insect repellents, good mosquito nets for nighttime, covering your arms and legs and appropriate Malaria tablets are all essential. Don’t take any chance as you protect yourself again Malaria. It is a killing disease and yet with care you can significantly help to protect yourself. The tablets do not however provide 100% cover.

Quite uniquely Malawi has always had quite a strong dress code applied for travellers and many tourists have found it necessary to change into more modest garments on request from the authorities. It is probably wise not to be the one to act too differently and to at least start with this in mind when arriving into the country. This includes avoiding short dresses for women and long unkept hair for men.

Please remember that every traveller is unique and as such specific information will require a medical consultation. The doctor at that time can also discuss some of the other extremely important health issues relating to Malawi to try to ensure that you remain safe and healthy.

Vaccination List Required/ Recommended All Travellers Trekking Rural
Yellow Fever
Tetanus Tetanus
Diphtheria
Hepatitis A Hepatitis A
Typhoid Typhoid
Hepatitis B Hepatitis B
Rabies Rabies
Meningococcal Meningitis Meningococcal Meningitis
Poliomyelitis Poliomyelitis
Cholera Cholera
Tuberculosis Tuberculosis
Tick Borne Encephalitis
Japanese B Encephalitis
Malaria W.H.O. report malaria transmission throughout the country. Prophylaxis recommended for all. Please consult your Doctor or Travel Clinic.

Country Profile

Find out more about the health risks you should be aware of when travelling in Malawi by reading the DFA Malawi country information page
or the WHO Malawi country information page.