The Malawi Immigration Department has confirmed that they will launch an online visa system toward the end of November this year. Immigration department spokesperson Joseph Chauwa said the rolling out of the online visa is a milestone in the country's history. The online visa program for Malawi is expected to encourage tourists to visit the country.
Chauwa said, "Our contractors, Technobrain, are working round the clock to ensure that the facility is rolled out by the end of November." Consultants are working with the contractor to ensure that the facility is at its best. The idea is that foreign travelers are able to apply for a visa for Malawi from the comfort of their homes or offices. An online visa system simply requires that the applicant has an internet connection in order to complete the electronic visa form.
The implementation of the online visa for Malawi comes following an announcement by the Ministry of Tourism that said that visa fees would be brought down after tourists complained the visas for Malawi were more expensive compared to other countries in the region.
Malawi's Online Visa to Encourage Tourism in Malawi
Tourism in Malawi has great potential, the industry has grown since the mid-1070s. The Malawian government is attempting to expand it more and attract more visitors. One of the actions to do that is to roll out the Malawi online visa. During the 1980s, the country was affected by the economic recession in South Africa, one of Malawi's main tourist markets. Another aspect that had a negative impact was the destabilization of Zimbabwe. In 2014, tourism contributed 4.5 % to the national GDP and provided about 3.8% of all jobs.
What to See in Malawi
One of the main characteristics of Malawi is the warmth and kindness of its people. It's a country with a great geographical diversity. This African nation is home to the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi, and a visit to its clear waters is a must.
Malawi is also ideal to get close with nature. The Majete Wildlife Reserve is home to lions, hyenas, sable antelope, nyalas, black rhinos, buffaloes, elephants, hippos and leopards. The reserve has two main roads, one the Mkulumadzi Road that runs parallel to the Shire River. The other road is called Namitsempha and it heads west from the main entrance.
To learn about Malawi's history, foreign visitors can head to Kamuzu Mausoleum. This marble and granite mausoleum is the final resting place of Malawi's "president for life" Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Guides can show visitors around for a tip.
It is the hope of the Malawi government to draw in more foreign travelers. Other countries in Africa to have launched an online visa system include Egypt and in the coming months, the South Africa online visa will be tested in New Zealand.