As Swiss citizens we need a visa for Malawi. However, unfortunately the high commission moved from the old premises to new ones,neighbours at the old place did not know where they moved to and nobody at the high commission picked up the phone to give us indications… When we finally found out where they were located the embassy already was closed and the next day was the 1st May.
A few days later we finally found the embassy. A smart lady at the reception explained us that we would need all kind of documents to receive a visa and we had to pay 150 US$ each. Then we would have to wait for 3 days and then finally we would be ready to move on. We were studying the list of docs to submit – quite impressive: the usual odd form to fill in, a certificate of residence, a certificate from the employer, proof of payment of all invoices we ever received within the last 50 years, proof of funds to finance a trip to Malawi – but no plastic money and no US Dollar notes older than 2 years and 26 days, the famous 150 US dollars each and finally Monika’s grandmother in person. Well, we filled in the forms, asked friendly what else we should add to these papers and we got the friendly answer: the money. 2 hours later we had a nice sticker in the passport, left the embassy with 300 US$ less and the right to visit Malawi.