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In a solemn declaration, President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has announced a 21-day period of national mourning in Malawi, following the tragic plane crash that led to the untimely demise of Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima and eight distinguished individuals. This tragic event has cast a shadow over the nation, prompting collective grief and a profound sense of loss.


The Malawi High Commission in London stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and the people of Malawi during this time of sorrow. To honor the memory of the departed and to offer a space for personal tributes, the High Commission will open its doors for a Condolences Book signing. This gesture allows Malawians, friends of Malawi, and members of the international community to pen their messages of comfort and support.


The Condolences Book will be available for signing on Thursday, 13th June, and Friday, 14th June, between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00. The High Commission encourages all who wish to express their sympathies to join in this act of remembrance. As we navigate through these trying times, the Malawi High Commission reaffirms its commitment to providing support and information to those affected by this tragedy. The Commission also extends its gratitude to the global community for the outpouring of condolences and solidarity.


This period of mourning is a testament to the resilience and unity of the Malawian people. It is a time to reflect on the lives of those we have lost and to cherish the values they embodied. The legacy of Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima and the eight esteemed individuals will continue to inspire and guide us.


The Malawi High Commission invites you to join in paying homage to these remarkable lives. Let us come together in grief, but also in the celebration of their contributions to our world. Your messages in the Condolences Book will serve as a lasting tribute to their enduring spirit.

The Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Ms Colleen Zamba, is in London for the 3rd Biennial Pan-Commonwealth Meeting of Heads of Public Service, which is currently underway. This three-day event, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat, aims to explore how technology can enhance planning and decision-making for more efficient and effective service delivery. The meeting, themed “Institutionalisation of Smart Government to enhance public service delivery,” will focus on several critical areas:

Performance Management: Commonwealth Heads of Public Service will discuss strategies to improve performance management within their respective countries.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology: The use of AI technology to strengthen justice systems and public financial management will be a key topic of discussion.

Launch of Commonwealth-Intel Artificial Intelligence Policy Tool: This tool will be introduced during the meeting.

Sharing Best Practices: Delegates will share country case studies based on innovative approaches and strategies adopted to enhance performance, digitalize services, and reduce bureaucracy across the Commonwealth public service.

The outcomes and agreements reached during this meeting will serve as the foundation for recommended policy measures and strategies to promote smart government institutionalization across the Commonwealth.

Notably, the event is being held at the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House in London. The meeting is chaired by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, Commonwealth Secretary General, and the keynote address will be delivered by the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Hon. Tshering Tobgay.

It’s heartening to see such collaborative efforts among top civil servants from across the Commonwealth to drive positive change and enhance public service delivery.


Dreaming of an African adventure? Look no further than Malawi! This stunning landlocked nation in Southern Africa has just removed visa requirements for citizens of 79 countries, making it easier than ever to experience its diverse beauty.

What's the news?

As of February 9th, 2024, travellers from countries like the US, UK, China, France, Germany, and many more can visit Malawi visa-free for up to 90 days. This exciting move aims to revitalize the tourism industry.



Why visit Malawi?

  • Breathtaking landscapes: From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi to the majestic Mulanje Massif, Malawi boasts breathtaking scenery that will leave you speechless.
  • Unique wildlife: Spot elephants, lions, zebras, and more in national parks like Liwonde and Majete Wildlife Reserve.
  • Rich culture: Immerse yourself in Malawi's vibrant culture, from traditional dances to local crafts.
  • Affordable travel: Compared to other African destinations, Malawi offers excellent value for money.

Who benefits?

Citizens of 79 countries, including:

  • North America: US, Canada
  • Europe: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, etc.
  • Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, etc.
  • Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, etc.
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

Is there a catch?

  • While visas are no longer required, you'll still need a valid passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.
  • Some countries may require proof of onward travel and sufficient funds.
  • Check the latest entry requirements with the Malawian Department of Immigration before your trip.

Ready to explore?

Start planning your Malawian adventure today! With visa-free entry and stunning attractions, this hidden gem is waiting to be discovered.

The recently concluded #Vantiebeurs2024 in Utrecht, Netherlands, was a grand spectacle of global tourism, and the Malawi High Commission’s participation was a standout. The event was a unique opportunity for Malawi, fondly known as  “the Warm Heart of Africa,” to showcase its uniqueness as a complete destination with its rich diversity that includes Big 5 Safari wildlife experiences, amazing Lake Malawi, rich culture, stunning landscapes and warm hospitality, among others.


Malawi’s pavilion was a microcosm of the country’s diverse offerings. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi to the majestic heights of Mount Mulanje, the High Commission’s efforts to promote Malawi as a prime tourist destination were evident. The goal? To boost tourism and foster international relationships.


The participation of Malawi in #Vantiebeurs2024 is a testament to the country’s commitment to showcasing its potential on a global stage. It’s an invitation to the world to experience the warmth, beauty, and spirit of Malawi.


As we look back at the event, it’s clear that Malawi’s presence at #Vantiebeurs2024 was more than just participation - it was a statement. A statement that Malawi is open, welcoming, and ready to offer unforgettable experiences to global travellers as well as investors.


In conclusion, #Vantiebeurs2024 was a significant milestone for Malawi’s tourism sector. It served as a platform to highlight the country’s unique attractions and left attendees yearning for a taste of the Warm Heart of Africa. Here’s to Malawi - the undiscovered gem of African tourism.

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