In case of Breakdown
You need triangles in case of a breakdown, but traditionally one can also use tree branches in front and behind the vehicle instead of the triangles.
Driving License
An International Driving License is required although national driving licenses will probably be accepted if a photograph is included. Regulations regarding speed limits and the use of safety belts still remain very important.
Spot Fines
On-the-spot fines can be collected by uniformed police. Routine roadblocks will be encountered, especially near the borders, but should not require a stop of more than a couple of minutes.
Some Requirements

Some of the requirements for entering Malawi include;- Vehicle Registration Certificate and if the vehicle is not owned by the driver, a letter of authorization form the owner or car rental company is required.

Road Access Fee

All motorists issued with a Temporary Importation Permit (TIP) by the MRA will be required to pay the Road Access Fee at the port of entry or on renewal of the TIP with MRA. Road Access Fee shall be paid through MRA designated banks and it shall strictly be paid in US dollars.

Clearance documents must be kept as drivers will be required to produce them for inspection. Failure to pay the road access fee shall attract a penalty of US$500 per vehicle on the spot

The Road Access Fee (RAF) is money charged on small foreign registered vehicles such as saloons, pickups, wagons and all those that are currently not eligible to pay International Transit Fee (ITF) including motor cycles and trailers. The Road Access Fee is charged in United States Dollars at a fixed rate of $20 per vehicle. This is payable at the borders upon entry into Malawi. 


Luxuria Travel
Coach Service

A new coach service Luxuria Travel has been introduced in Blantyre/ Lilongwe route. Commuters shall experience extreme comfort on the Scania Coaches with a fare of as low as MK 10,500.
The coaches depart from Chichiri Shopping Mall in Blantyre and at Game Complex in Lilongwe at 6:30am, 10:30 am, 04:00pm and 08:00pm daily.
Commuters can pay their fares in advance using Airtel Money or book their seats through phone by calling the following numbers: +265 884700839/ +265992449193

SOSOSO Coach Services

Taking you to your destination timely and safely. Routes, Schedules, Departure time and place.

  1. Mzuzu to Blantyre: 07:00am daily
  2. Blantyre to Mzuzu: 07:00am daily
  3. Mzuzu to Lilongwe: 07:00am and 02:00pm daily
  4. Blantyre to Lilongwe: 01:00pm and 07:00am daily

The departure point in Mzuzu is at Mzuzu Dry Cleaners near St. Andrews CCAP. In Blantyre the departing point is at Petroda Filling Station near clock tower and in Lilongwe the starting point is at Game Stores

Contact Number: +265 888387172

Car Hire Services

For tourists who choose to hire a vehicle in Malawi, breakdown cover is offered by the AA Autoclub at very affordable rates. Temporary full membership is available entitling tourists to free vehicle recovery and other services whilst they are visiting the country. If you are a member of the AA in your own country, then a 50% discount is offered for AA services used whilst in Malawi. In order to receive this discount, you must be able to prove membership within your home country, whilst in Malawi.
Below is a list of licensed Car hire Companies;
Company Name
Last Name
TransZanda Car Rentals
Desh Car Hires
Best Car Hire
Nyalongwe Logistics Ltd
Mthira Investments Car Hire
Klassiq Rent a Car
Savanna Car Hire
+265 991389193 | +265 881213242
SS Rent a Car
Ace Car Hire