Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure. Visas are required by most Commonwealth nationals.
Traffic drives on the left. Car hire and chauffeur-driven cars are available. Visitors may drive in Malawi on an international driving permit for up to one year. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory. Drink-driving is illegal.
Scheduled air services fly between Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Makokola and Liwonde. There is a national rail service between the main towns. Coach services operate between Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. Taxis are in short supply and need to be booked.
Prevalent diseases where appropriate precautionary measures are recommended include cholera, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, rabies, schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and typhoid. An outbreak of cholera around Lake Chilwa in the south of the country was reported in November 2012 when 547 people had contracted the disease, eight of whom had died.
There were 767,000 tourist arrivals in 2011.