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Malawi

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They did not issue visa upon arrival arguing that the visa application has to be done before hand online. However, after complicated negotiations, they issued a form allowing us to go to Blantyre to Immigration head quarters to apply for official entry papers.
We also noticed undocumented payments between locals and officials.

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Border open from 6am to 6pm (but don't arrive at 6 pm!).

If going from MAL to MOZ, with Malawian car, count at least 3 hours. As a Belgian, got visa on arrival stamped in passport, for 30 days entry.

All the steps below:

[ ] MAL: Temporary export car 30000 mwk processing fee - Interpol clearance certificate needed
[ ] MOZ: Entry permit @650 meticas (visa) - need confirmation of accomodation booking in portuguese // with proof of payment
[ ] MOZ: Show yellow fever certificate
[ ] MOZ: car insurance at main border post @1700 meticas
[ ] MOZ: road fee @20 usd or in mwk equivalent

The confirmation of a booking is essential (incl. proof of payment). The officer even tried to call the hotel to check if the booking was genuine. When they didn't pick up, he claimed that we only booked for 2 nights so he could not issue a 30 day visa. We needed a confirmed and paid booking for 30 days, according to him. This might be nonsense, but a powerplay stiffled progress. 1300 MT (20 USD) as 'facilitation fee' for the immigration officer sorted out the issue..and he stamped with a big smile.

750 MT charged for import vehicle in main immigration office turned out to be nonsense as they couldn't issue a receipt so we pushed our translator to get it back.

If going from MOZ to MAL, with Malawian car, count an easy 30 minutes. As a Belgian, got visa on arrival stamped in passport, for 30 days entry.

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Going from Malawi to mozambique, we had a nice experience. No queue, officers Wer super nice. Some guys tried to convince we need a transport from Malawi border office to mozambique border office for 10.000 kwacha. That is ridiculous, we walked the distance in less than 10 minutes

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Make sure to have USD for the Road Tax (no other currency was accepted). We paid;
20USD for the Road Tax
20.000mwk as processing fee for the TIP, 13.500mwk for the Carbon tax (we have a Toyota Landcruiser)

Also, have your E-visa printed, because they will ask for a printed version. It took as 1h to get it printed at the border.

Buy your car insurance at Prime insurances next door (we paid 35.000mwk), as we got 2 police checks before Mulanje town.

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They did not issue visa upon arrival arguing that the visa application has to be done before hand online. However, after complicated negotiations, they issued a form allowing us to go to Blantyre to Immigration head quarters to apply for official entry papers.
We also noticed undocumented payments between locals and officials.

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