Malawi cuts cost of tourist visas and announces e-visa

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Malawi plans to cut the cost of tourist visas and roll out a tourist visa application process online in a bid to boost tourism.

Isaac Kapotola, Malawi’s Director at the Department of Tourism, said talks had been held with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services (DICS) to reconsider the cost of visas.

“The tourist visa fee will be reduced from $75 to $50, which is in line with what our colleagues in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania are charging,” said Kapotola.

DICS also announced that, by the end of November, Malawi would have a tourist e-visa service, enabling tourists to apply for visas and, where applicable, pay for the visa online.

Malawi’s tourism is growing, with the country currently in the process of rebranding itself as a Big Five safari destination, expanding its marketed tourism offering beyond Lake Malawi.

Source: by Gaongalelwe Dinale, Tourismupdate.co.za

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