Malawi vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you going to Malawi? Please read our travel advice and get prepared for the journey. You may require vaccinations, although in most cases these are not mandatory. What specific vaccinations you may need for your trip depends upon the length of your stay and the places you will visit in this beautiful country that is home to Lake Malawi.

The Republic of Malawi is located in the southeast of the African continent and is bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. It houses Lake Malawi, a vast lake and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, which forms a natural border in the east of the country. The water in the lake is crystal clear and full of fish, which makes it a wonderful snorkelling spot. Malawi is further characterised by mountainous regions – including Central Africa’s highest mountain Mount Molanje – and high plateaus. In the lower southern part of the country you will find the most beautiful wildlife parks in the proximity of the Shire River.

Regardless of your travel itinerary for Malawi, always be aware of possible health risks such as infectious diseases, mosquitoes and the strong sun. Malaria is prevalent in Malawi. Our KLM Health Services experts gladly tell you which vaccinations you require for your trip to Malawi and are happy to advise you on what else you can do to reduce health risks. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Malawi vaccinations: the most common risks

In Zambia, various (tropical) diseases occur to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Malawi and read which specific vaccinations you require.


The authorities of this country require a “cholera statement” if you pass its borders.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.


In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.


Vaccination against meningococcal depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.


Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.


Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Yellow Fever - compulsory from Yellow Fever area

In this country Yellow Fever is prevalent. There is a potential risk for travellers. Vaccination is recommended. Vaccination is possibly COMPULSORY when traveling from a Yellow Fever area. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Yellow Fever - possibly recommended

In this country Yellow Fever is not prevalent. However, when you’re traveling FROM a Yellow fever area vaccination can be COMPULSORY. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

A healthy trip to Malawi: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Malawi as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Malawi? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Malawi vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Malawi? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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