19/09/2011: Republic of Malawi Passports Renewal & Application update from the Department of Immigration

Republic of Malawi Passports Renewal & Application update from the Department of Immigration

Further to the notice entitled “Procedure for Replacement of Malawi Passports” the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi would like to inform all Malawians resident in the United States of America that the process to replace Malawi Passports commenced on August 1st, 2011, at the Malawi Embassy in Washington D.C. So far a good number of Malawians have already submitted their applications including an applicant resident in Los Angeles, California.

The Embassy is appealing to all Malawians to travel to Washington DC with members of their families as soon as possible to complete the passport replacement process as plans for the Immigration Officer to visit selected centers in the United States may not be carried out immediately as the Embassy had initially anticipated due to circumstances beyond its control.

Applicants are kindly asked to note that the outreach program contemplated by the Malawi Embassy is meant merely to facilitate the Malawi Passport replacement program and is not intended to replace the applicant’s responsibility to report to the Embassy in person to complete the application process.

The Malawi Embassy will endeavor to provide same day service to those travelling long distances provided the Immigration Officer is notified in advance of the applicant’s itinerary.

Applicants are again reminded to bring to the Malawi Embassy the following with them:

  • Current or expired Malawi passport
  • Two passport size photographs taken on a white background: size: 4.5 x 3.5 centimeters.
  • Prescribed $200 fee
  • Police report or certificate for lost passports
  • Marriage certificate in the case of married women
  • Birth certificates and copies of parents’ Malawi passports for children born in the U.S. and
  • Divorce or husband’s death certificate in the case of women who would like to change surname.

Applicants are also reminded that children, regardless of age, are required to have their own Passports and should report in person to the Immigration Officer accompanied by their parents and legal guardians to have their fingerprints taken. Legal guardians must provide authenticated proof of adoption or legal guardianship.

The Embassy would like to inform that the prescribed fee of U$200 must be paid by bank certified check or money order payable to the “Embassy of Malawi to the United States”. The words in parenthesis must be machine-printed and not in handwriting. For this reason, we recommend that the money orders be purchased from the US postal service.

Please note that payment in cash is not acceptable.
Applicants are asked to:

  • Retain photocopies of their Passports and the U.S. visas for their own security;
  • Remove from their Passport and retain in a safe place, copies of their US I-94 forms or similar forms for placement in the new Passport upon receipt.
  • Note that the Embassy of Malawi will process all applications for the replacement of the Malawi Passport regardless of the Immigration Status of applicants in the United States and that all old Passports shall be returned to the applicants.

For further enquiries and information, please contact Mr. George Lamya, Consular Officer at the Malawi Embassy on 202 721 0270 or e-mail us at


Issued by:
Embassy of the Republic of Malawi to the United States
2408 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
Tel. 202 721 0270
Fax 202 721 0288