Temporary Suspension of Renewal of Passports in Washington, D.C.
Attention, fellow Malawians: We would like to bring to your notice that with effect from the 07th February, 2017, the embassy consular has suspended the renewal of passports temporarily as we are awaiting the arrival of a new officer. The embassy will continue issuing of emergency travelling documents and visas. Apologies for any inconveniences caused.
The Embassy of Malawi in Washington, D.C. would like to inform all Malawians resident in the Washington Metropolitan area that the application process for the replacement of Malawi Passports will commence at the Malawi Embassy located on 2408 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008 on Monday, August 1st, 2011. Consular hours are as follows: 9:30a.m. to 12 noon. However, for the purpose of this exercise, consular hours will be extended to 6:30pm.
To ensure that applicants are assisted efficiently and in time, applicants are requested to first call the Embassy on 202 721 0270 extension 556 to book an appointment with Mrs. Agnes Duker. Appointments may also be made by e-mail to Malawippt@gmail.com. In both cases applicants must provide their full names as they appear in the old passport, current residential address, telephone/cell phone numbers and e-mail address. Appointments made by e-mail will be confirmed by return e-mail as soon as possible.
Passport forms shall be obtained and filled at the Embassy in black ink. All applicants should report in person since they shall be required to submit fingerprints and remember to bring 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 required to bring their children including those below the age of ten (10 years) since they are now required to have their own passports. Children below the age of eighteen (18 years) must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians with proof of legal guardianship.
The Consular Officer at the Malawi Embassy is currently working on the logistics for facilitating the application process for the replacement of the passports for Malawian nationals resident in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere in the United States of America. In this regard, another announcement will be made on the Embassy’s website (www.malawiembassy-dc.org) in due course advising those Malawian nationals how the application process will be carried out.
In the meantime, the Malawi Embassy is inviting Malawi Associations or groups, or individual Malawians resident in Canada, Mexico and the United States to assist in identifying key locations in their localities with the largest concentration of Malawians and suitable venues (e.g. schools, church grounds or yard, public parks, homes, etc) to facilitate the work of the Consular Officer as far as possible.
To speed up the application process, applicants are encouraged to travel to Washington, DC with members of their families to process their applications at the Malawi Embassy without having to wait for the Consular Officer to visit their areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use my current (old) passport to leave and return to my country of residence (Canada, Mexico or the United States of America)?
Answer: The old passports may still be used by Malawians in the diaspora for international travel from the country of residence to another country other than Malawi and back. However, a Malawian who returns to Malawi will not be allowed to leave the country using the old passport. Malawians who wish to travel to Malawi to visit must at the earliest opportunity have their passports replaced before returning to their country of residence.
Is the Malawi Embassy issuing the new passports?
Answer: No. The completed applications will be forwarded to Malawi where the passports will be issued by the Malawi Department of Immigration. All efforts will be made to ensure that the passports are issued and forwarded to the applicants within a period of thirty (30) to forty (40) days.
All suggestions or inquiries regarding the new Passport system or the provision of consular services by the Malawi Embassy should be addressed for the attention of Mr. George Lamya to:
- The Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Malawi to the United States
2408 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008