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Sunday, 14 July 2013 18:59

Health and Vaccinations

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from, or transiting through, infected areas. Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to Malawi. Malaria risk exists all year throughout the country. The predominant malignant falciparum strain is reported to be highly resistant to chloroquine and resistant to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine. The recommended prophylaxis is mefloquine. 

Sunday, 14 July 2013 18:57

Temporary Residence Permit

Temporary Residence Permit (TRP):

To obtain a Temporary Residence Permit, an application should be made prior to arrival.

Contact:

The Controller of Immigration Services

P.O Box 331, Blantyre, Malawi.

http://www.immigration.gov.mw

Validity: 6 Months
New Application Cost: MK6,000 (which is about US$44)
Renewal Cost: MK6,000 (which is about US$44)
Sunday, 14 July 2013 18:52

Travel Information

Getting to Malawi

Every person flying into Malawi is required to fill in an entry form which is usually given to travellers on the plane, or available in the terminal of the airport. This form requires travelers to fill in their personal particulars such as name, surname, residential address in country of origin, address of where they are going, passport number, where and when passport was obtained, when the passport will be expiring and duration of stay in Malawi. The form is handed over to immigration officials for processing your entry into Malawi.

 Domestic Departure Fee: MWK 200.00 
 International Departure Fee:  US $ 30.00

 

Temporary Residence Permit (TRP):

To obtain a Temporary Residence Permit, an application should be made prior to arrival.

Contact:

The Controller of Immigration Services

P.O Box 331, Blantyre, Malawi.

http://www.immigration.gov.mw

Validity: 6 Months
New Application Cost: MK6,000 (which is about US$44)
Renewal Cost: MK6,000 (which is about US$44)

 

Health and Vaccinations

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from, or transiting through, infected areas. Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to Malawi. Malaria risk exists all year throughout the country. The predominant malignant falciparum strain is reported to be highly resistant to chloroquine and resistant to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine. The recommended prophylaxis is mefloquine.

Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:18

Functions

The functions of the Protocol Department are:-

  • Advises Government on matters of diplomatic procedure.
  • Prepares Credentials/Letters of Commission and Letters of Recall for Malawi Heads of Diplomatic Mission;
  • Processes the accreditation to Malawi of foreign Heads of mission and heads of international organizations;
  • Presents Heads of Diplomatic Mission during their commissioning to the State President;
  • Prepares Exequaturs for Foreign Honorary Consuls;
  • Processes Consular Commissions for Malawi Honorary Consuls and Consular Officers;
  • Administers and implements diplomatic privileges and immunities;
  • Coordinates protocol arrangements for the Head of State on the State functions/ceremonies at home and on visits abroad.
  • Coordinates visits of Foreign Heads of state and Government.
  • Sends notifications to Malawi Diplomatic Missions aabroad regarding visits abroad by the State President, Cabinet Ministers and other dignitaries in the government,
  • Prepares programmes for State visitors and arranges for their printing and distribution;
  • Selects gifts for State visitors in consultation with the State  House;
  • Plans and implements sitting arrangements for state and ceremonial functions;
  • Makes and coordinates appointments and other arrangements for State and Ceremonial functions;
  • Makes and coordinates appointments aand other arrangements for senior foreign guests and diplomats who want to call on senior Malawi Government officials;
  • Attends to correspondence concerning;-
  • Complaints against diplomatic missions by local people and vice versa;
  • Applications for driving licences and registration/sale of vehicles for diplomatic and international organizations;
  • Issuance of diplomatic identity cards;
  • Repatriation and other related consular matters;
  • Sends and receive congratulatory and condolence messages to and from foreign government.
  • Gazettes appointments of Head of Malawi diplomatic mission;
  • Liaises with the Immigration Department on notification of arrival and  departure of diplomatic personnel.
  • Compiles, updates and distributes a Diplomatic and Consular Directory;
  • Processes requests for tours in Malawi by members of the diplomatic corps;
  • Administers VIP lounges at the airports and processes applications and requests for the  use of VIP lounges as well as those transiting through the Special Corridor;
  • Processes over-flight and landing clearances of aircraft; and
  • Considers and advises on all protocol protocol policy matters falling within the our view of the ministry;

 

Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:16

Structure

The Protocol Department is divided into two main divisions, one division deals with State Protocol (State hospitality and ceremonies) while the other deals with Government Protocol (Immunities and Privileges, accreditation and Consular Affairs).

State Protocol
This involves the administration of State and Government ceremonial functions.  Some of these ceremonial functions include the presentation of Letters of Commission/Credence by foreign envoys; escorting guests of Government to the Head of Sate; coverage of National functions, especially where the Head of State is in attendance.
Government Protocol
This involves the day to day administration and management of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the day to day administration and management of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
In addition, it involves accreditation to Malawi of foreign envoys and the general administration of their welfare in Malawi.
For ease of administration, Government Protocol is further divided into two sub-division, Immunities and Privileges and Accreditation and Consular Affairs.
The Department is headed by a Chief Protocol (S2) under whom there is a Deputy Chief of Protocol (S4) and an Assistant Chief of Protocol (S5).  There is also a Principal Protocol Officer (P7) under whom there are nine Protocol Officers (PO).

 

Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:14

Strategies

  • Deploying of quality protocol personnel;
  • Providing civic education to enhance understanding of issues pertaining to functions of the Department;
  • Speedily resolving issues pertaining to the Vienna Convention; and
  • Holding post-mortem meetings to review activities pursues.

 

Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:13

Objectives

  • To provide protocol functions at State and Government Functions.
  • To administer the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and other Optional Protocols and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and other Optional Protocols; and
  • To advise Government on matters pertaining to protocol and etiquette.

 

Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:37

Functions

The functions of the Section are:-

  • Provide advice on International Law and Treaty matters to the Government
  • Initiate negotiations and finalization of treaties and international agreements;
  • Formulation and implementation of the Ministry’s policies on matters pertaining to the Immunities and Privileges Act, the Treaties and Conventions Act, Publications Act , the Refugee Act and other multilateral agreement;
  • Updating  and compiling records on treaties;
  • Assist with drafting statements articulating negotiating positions;
  • Provide advice on territorial issues relating to Malawi’s boundaries;
  • Registration of bilateral agreements with the international organizations;
  • Undertake or initiate consultation that precede Malawi’s decisions to become party to bilateral and multilateral agreements;
  • Other general international law matters;

In discharging the above listed duties the Unit anticipates to be assisted by the legal experts expected to be stationed at its technical missions like the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, USA and Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:35

Structure

At its inception 1964, the section had an establishment of six lawyers, all seconded from the Ministry of Justice. The establishment was later reduced to three i.e. Under Secretary treaties (P5) and Treaties Officer (P7) and Assistant Treaties Officer (PO). The reduction affected the section’s effectiveness to an extent of failing to meet deadlines and failing to discharge certain duties. In order to redress these shortcomings and to make the Department more responsive to the responsive to the ever-increasing demands of international law, the Section’s establishment has been reviewed. The new establishment provided for posts of Controller of Legal Affairs (P3) Assistant Chief Legal Officer (P5) and two Principal Legal Officers (P7).  

Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:34

Strategies

  • Formulating and implementing Malawi’s Foreign Policy;
  • Attending meetings and negotiations on issue pertaining to international policy matters;
  • Acting as legal advisor on international law issues and other ancillary matters that hinge on Malawi and its obligations on the international plane;
  • Providing legal advice on diverse international law issues whether originating bilaterally or multilaterally;
  • Initiating, negotiating and finalization of treaties and international agreements;

The advice given by the section is not restricted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation only but also extends to other Ministries and Departments which handle matters with international legal connotations and where appropriate, individual, particularly nationals 

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Location and Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
P.O. Box 30315
                Capital City,  Lilongwe 3

                Malawi

Tel: +265 1 789 088/789 115
Fax: +265 1 788 482/789 112

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