Malawi lifts travel restrictions as COVID-19 situation eases

Malawian government has lifted mandatory entry requirements for the country, effective from June 5 following the decline in COVID-19 cases both within Malawi and globally.

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, who is also co-chairperson for the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus and Cholera, made the announcement in a statement dated June 1 but released Saturday, adding that the development also follows the declaration by World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency of international concern.

Chiponda said in her statement that individuals seeking entry into Malawi will no longer be required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Facts About Malawi

Malawi, officially known as the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country located in southeastern Africa. Here are some key facts about Malawi:-

  1. Geography: Malawi is bordered by Tanzania to the northeast, Mozambique to the east, south, and west, and Zambia to the northwest. The country is known for its diverse landscapes, including the stunning Lake Malawi, which covers about one-fifth of the country’s total area.
  2. Capital and Major Cities: The capital city of Malawi is Lilongwe. Other major cities include Blantyre, Mzuzu, and Zomba.
  3. Population: As of my knowledge cutoff in 2021, the estimated population of Malawi is around 20 million people. The country has a relatively young population, with a significant percentage under the age of 18.
  4. Official Languages: The official languages of Malawi are English and Chichewa. Chichewa, also known as Chewa, is widely spoken across the country.
  5. Economy: Malawi’s economy relies heavily on agriculture, with the majority of the population engaged in subsistence farming. Key exports include tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton, and coffee. The country faces various challenges, including poverty, limited access to healthcare and education, and vulnerability to climate change.
  6. Government: Malawi is a democratic republic with a multi-party political system. The President is both the head of state and the head of government. The country has made significant strides in democratic governance in recent years.
  7. Culture: Malawi has a rich cultural heritage with diverse ethnic groups, including the Chewa, Yao, Tumbuka, and Lomwe, among others. Traditional music, dance, and art play an important role in Malawian culture. The country is also known for its colorful traditional ceremonies and festivals.
  8. Tourism: Malawi offers various attractions for tourists, including the pristine beaches and clear waters of Lake Malawi, national parks like Liwonde and Nyika, and opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, and water sports.
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