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Travel advise: payments in Malawi
Jet off well-informed to Malawi. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Malawi.
Credit card payments are not widely available in Malawi. Apart from the main international tourist hotels in Lilongwe and Blantyre, most local vendors won't be able to accept card payments.
If you are going to pay by card in Malawi, be aware of transaction fees charged by your bank, on top of the often very uncompetitive exchange rate.
Before using your bank card for payments in Malawi or anywhere in southeastern Africa, it's always a good idea to inform your bank about your travel plans. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
It's certainly a good idea to bring cash with you on your trip to Malawi. It's best to take a combination of US Dollars, which are widely accepted in Malawi, and Malawian Kwacha banknotes.
Try to include low denomination USD bills as these will come in handy on local markets.
Don't rely on ATM's in Malawi for your currency needs. Many ATM's have a limit on the amount of money they can supply and won't allow you to withdraw the amount you need.
Expect to carry around big wads of local bills: A coffee costs around 1000 MWK and the highest banknote in Malawi is 2000 MWK, the equivalent value of which is less than £2.
Malawi is a relatively cheap destination, especially if you travel beyond the main cities and the tourist areas around Lake Malawi.
For a coffee in a cafe in Malawi you can expect to pay around 1000 MWK. A three-course dinner in a medium range restaurant costs around 18,000 MWK per person.
Tipping is not widely done in Malawi and is not expected. However in tourist areas tipping becomes more widespread. If you choose to tip then it's a good idea to add around 10% to 15% to the bill, always in cash.
Banknotes in Malawi
The Kwacha banknotes in use in Malawi today are dated 2012 or later. The denominations in use are 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 MWK.
Coins in Malawi
Malawian coins range from 1 to 10. Given that the highest denomination coin is worth less than 1p, it's advised not to bother with coins and round up/down all amounts when paying.
Malawi's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on bringing currency into Malawi. Travellers can bring as much currency they like into Malawi, both in Malawian Kwachas or in foreign currency.
When leaving Malawi there are no restrictions on foreign currency, but there is a restriction on the amount of local currency you can take out of Malawi: each traveller can export up to 200 Malawian Kwacha out of Malawi.
Ordering Malawian Kwacha online
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Selling back Malawian Kwacha
If you have Malawian Kwacha to sell, follow this link to exchange Malawian Kwacha to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'MWK Malawian Kwacha'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Malawian Kwacha.