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Logistical information for travelling to Malawi

Thank you for joining us for ANH2023!

This page has information on logistics that in-person participants may find useful to consider when travelling to Malawi. Please take a look at the questions below, if you don't find the answer you're looking for you can get in touch with us at [email protected]

You may also visit this dedicated portal for more information on visa letters and accommodation booking.

Where will ANH2023 be held?

The ANH Academy will hold its 8th annual conference at the Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe in Malawi from 26 to 30 June 2023. Online learning labs would have been held one week preceding the conference from 19 to 22 June 2023. Please save the dates for ANH2023 to your calendar here.

How will I get a Visa for Malawi?

The Malawi Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services is responsible for the issuance of Visas. ANH2023 in-person participants are encouraged to review the specific visa entry requirements for their countries. Invitation letters are required for visa applications and will be provided by the Agriculture Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy and ANH2023 partners. Visit this dedicated portal for more information on visa letters.

Malawi conference visas fall under the ‘Tourist visa’ category and most countries are able to apply for an e-visa which takes three days to process although some countries could take up to two weeks.  You can apply for a single-entry visa or a multiple entry visa for 6 months. However, please note that the visa validity period is 3 months from the date of issue. We therefore advise that participants who plan to attend in-person to apply in April 2023.

What COVID-19 requirements do I need to consider?

With effect from 5 June 2023, The Presidential Task Force has confirmed that a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result will no longer be a mandatory requirement for entry/exit into and out of Malawi for all travellers.  However, all outgoing travellers will be responsible for checking and complying with entry requirements in the countries of their destination and or transit. 

Transport routes and airport transfers?

The Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, Malawi is the recommended destination for participants booking their flights. It takes about 30 minutes to travel by car from the Kamuzu International Airport to the Lilongwe Central Area, where majority of the ANH2023 official hotels are located. Participants can also arrive via the Chileka International Airport in Blantyre, Malawi, which is about a one-hour drive to the Lilongwe Central Area. For airport transfers, we have arranged an option for you to book your airport transfer ahead of time. Please visit the ANH2023 recommended taxi company - AVIS Car Rental - and make your booking.

Accommodation in Lilongwe?

The ANH Academy has secured group discounted rates for a range of hotels around the conference venue.  We are working with an event management service provider, Hallpax, who will coordinate the process of accommodation bookings for the conference via this dedicated portal.  Hotels will not be far from the conferencing venue and a shuttle bus will operate a fixed schedule between the venue and the hotels throughout the conference. A full shuttling schedule and accommodation information will be made available in advance before the event.

Insurance for ANH2023?

The ANH Academy is primarily keen to ensuring Duty of Care for participants of ANH2023. We encourage in-person participants to liaise with their institutions on any existing insurance packages that could protect their travels and stay for ANH2023 in Lilongwe, Malawi. If you have any questions about insurance, please write to [email protected]

Is there carbon offsetting for ANH2023?

The decision to host a hybrid conference was considered very seriously; taking into account a range of factors that are critical to the central mission and ethos of the ANH Academy. Please read our rationale for a hybrid AH2023. In this context, we recommend a suite of carbon-offsetting schemes that explore people-focused projects with co-benefits. These projects aim to remove atmospheric carbon while providing socio-economic benefits to local communities. Examples of such projects currently underway in Malawi are the Biomass Energy Conversation Programme, the Improved Cook Stove Project (one) and the Improved Cook Stove Project (two).