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Malawi Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Malawi as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and dogs only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10.


Pet Microchip

pet microchip

Malawi does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.

If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.

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pet rabies vaccination

If your pet is not currently vaccinated, it must be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days but not more than 12 months prior to entering the country. If your pet is currently vaccinated and due for a booster, the 30 day wait does not apply.

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Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

A rabies titer test is not required to enter Malawi from any country.

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Pet Health Certificate

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A licensed veterinarian in the origination country must issue the pet health certificate for Malawi. This certificate must be endorsed by a government veterinarian representing the agency responsible for the import and export of live animals.

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Import Permit

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Malawi requires an application for import for entry with the Director of Animal Health unless your dog or cat is entering from the following SADC member nations: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland or Zimbabwe. Visitors should apply well ahead of their visit for a permit to bring their pet into Malawi.

An agent can facilitate the application process.

Following receipt of the completed Import Application form, a Veterinary Import Permit will be issued and sent directly to you. The permit is good for 6 months from date of issuance.


Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

tapeworm treatment

A ticks and tapeworm treatment is not required prior to entering Malawi but is recommended due to availability of these products in the country.


Entering Malawi by Air


Pets must enter Malawi via Lilongwe International Airport. Dogs and cats can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Malawi

Malawi does not publish a list of banned breeds.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Malawi. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination



CITES endangered turtle

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .


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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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