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Revised U.S. Visa Reciprocity Schedule for Malawi

Effective October 16, 2015, the U.S. visa reciprocity schedule for Malawi has been revised based on recent changes to Malawi’s visa requirements for U.S. citizens.  Malawian citizens obtaining a new U.S. visa to travel to the U.S. will be subject to the revised visa reciprocity schedule for Malawi, which may require the payment of a visa reciprocity fee.  Current holders of valid U.S. visas are not affected by this revision. 

Important: The fee for most non-immigrant visas is $160 or equivalent in Malawi Kwacha.


Non-immigrant visa interviews are conducted Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment only.

How to apply for a Non-Immigrant Temporary visa

  1. Complete and submit the online visa application form DS-160 (link provided above).
  2. Schedule your appointment for the visa interview (link provided above).
  3. Have your photo taken. Photos must be 5 cm X 5 cm with white background. Do not attempt to upload the picture online, please bring it with you the day of the interview.
  4. Pay the visa application fee. Payment must be made in cash (Dollars or Kwacha) at the consular section the same day of your interview. No checks or credit cards are accepted.
  5. If the visa is approved, it takes a minimum of two business days to be processed. Some visa cases may take more time. Please submit your application with enough time in advance.

Please bring your appointment confirmation page and your DS-160 confirmation page the day of your interview. The actual DS-160 is submitted online.

Each visa applicant, including minors, must submit an individual online visa application form DS-160.

Expedited Appointments

In order to facilitate emergency travel for certain businessmen, students, and people requiring specialized medical attention, the consular section has created a policy for expedited appointment requests.

This policy allows certain travelers to obtain expedited appointments , but does not affect the visa requirements or imply visa issuance. 

More details on Expedited Appointments (PDF 204.79KB).

Official Visas

Malawi Government employees and International Organization employees (such as World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, etc.) going to the United States on official assignment may qualify for a no-fee official visa. Please check with the Consular Section to determine the correct visa type.

The schedule for official visa submissions is: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm and Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. You can send your questions to

For additional information on Non-Immigrant Temporary visas please visit:

Diversity Visa Program

This program opens on October 1 and concludes November 2.  Malawians can now apply for a visa to immigrate to the United States using this program. 

For instructions on how to apply for the Diversity Visa, you can visit the following website:

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