Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Malawi
Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Malawi.
Health Declaration Form
Travelers must complete a health declaration form before their travel.
Travel Surveillance Form
Must be completed and presented upon arrival.
Masks: Required in public spaces.
Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Malawi. Travelers are not allowed to enter Malawi. These entry restrictions do not apply to Malawi citizens and residents, their spouses, children, and dependents.
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Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering Malawi.
Ethiopian Air has waived its change and cancellation fees on flights to Malawi. Confirm policy on booking site.
An average direct flight from South Africa to Malawi takes 10h 13m, covering a distance of 1855 km. The most popular route is Johannesburg - Lilongwe with an average flight time of 13h 10m.
The cheapest ticket to Malawi from South Africa found in the last 72 hours was R3 703 one-way, and R6 467 round-trip. The most popular route is from Johannesburg to Lilongwe and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was R6 598.
Ethiopian Air flies the most frequently from South Africa to Malawi.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Seat antiquated, food was more economy than business"
Pros: "Cattle car"
Cons: "Really great and kind service."
Pros: "Crew were pleasant"
Cons: "The Vegetarian options need to be updated. There are so many plant-based meat options that SAA should adopt to their meal plans."
Pros: "1. Friendly welcoming crew 2. Comfortable seats 3. Reasonable selection of entertainment 4. Clean amenities"
Cons: "1. Although i requested Halal food in advance, when i booked my flight, non was provided. 2. I got to the boarding gate, 10 minutes before the plane was initially scheduled to take off. I was the second last person to board the aircraft because there was a long queue at Passport control with only one officer for a prolonged period. The man at the final boarding checkpoint, insisted that i was late because of shopping, and insisted on me catching a new flight the following day. He said that they had already filled up the plane with Stand By passengers, and my bags had already been off loaded. I had to beg him to allow me to board, and eventually he did. About 10 minutes after the scheduled departure time, the captain announced that they were waiting for one more guest, and the flight actually left about 20 minutes later then schedule anyway. This series of evens led me to believe that the man at the boarding gate was trying to elicit a bribe from me."
Pros: "I didnt like anything about SAA business class"
Cons: "Seats have this kink in the middle when in flat position. No business class boarding, food was average to bad. Not impressed at all"
Pros: "Plane was not full. Newish aircraft. On time."
Cons: "No interactive maps working. Entertainment only average. Flight crew did not provide updates."
Pros: "Good leg room, pleasant stuff except for one exception"
Cons: "Terrible entertainment. Unresponsive cabin crew member to fact that the whole right hand aisle of the plane had no overhead lights or entertainment that worked. She merely told people she had rebooted three times and there was nothing else to do. No apology. Headphones were faulty on both outgoing and returning flights."
Cons: "The cabin crew members did not respond to my request to fix my screen having had brought it up to them on 3 different occasions and forcing me to then find a new seat in the middle of a 16h flight!"
Cons: "One of the best flights I’ve had ever"
Pros: "I liked the crew"
Cons: "SAA does not consider children and the elderly for priority boarding ; all other airlines give exceptional service to the elderly and children - especially for boarding. If you can make travel easier for parents with children and the elderly your ratings would improve. That's why SAA is bankrupt. The cheese snack served on this flight had also expired. Otherwise the crew were great and flight really good. Good pilots!!!"
Pros: "Comfortable seats for domestic flights. Clean plane"
Cons: "Domestic planes not big on entertainment."
Pros: "Wonderful crew and flight"
Pros: "Friendly crew and punctuality"
Pros: "I flew to RSA in the "old' aeroplane so it was a pleasant surprise to fly back in the new plane."
Cons: "The food. Not sure why the try to serve a hot meal when fruit cheese and crackers would be perfect. Muffin and cereal for breakast would have been lovely."
Pros: "I cannot say enough about the service from South Africa! Always smiling, always helpful and saying it’s their pleasure when you say thank you. It is top notch!"
Cons: "Can’t think of anything"
Cons: "Poor food and movie choice"
Pros: "Very hospitable crew at all times"
Cons: "Immigration/landing forms ran out"
Cons: "Now I am seriously delayed to my destination"
Cons: "Delays. Hadvto rush to catch connecting flight"
Pros: "Crew was fantastic and caring!"
Pros: "Everything went extremely well. Crew were professional. It was a really bumpy flight but felt safe."
Pros: "Food and drinks on offer were good. The staff were also good."
Cons: "The sound on the entertainment system was poor on the outbound and return trips. Turning off the system when still forty minutes away from London, and nearly at the end of a two hour film, was annoying."
Cons: "Terrible experience with a kayak agent! I need my money back!"
Cons: "Dishonest and unhelpful airline"
Cons: "POOR SERVICE AT THE AIRPORT IN JBH."
Cons: "No power points"
Pros: "DID NOT LIKE MY LUGGAGE GOING MISSING! IT'S STILL MISSING AND, AFTER RECEIVING PROMISES OF DELIVERY TODAY, THERE IS NOW NO RECORD OF MY LUGGAGE!"
Cons: "DID NOT LIKE MY LUGGAGE GOING MISSING. IT'S STILL MISSING AND, AFTER RECEIVING PROMISES OF DELIVERY TODAY, THERE IS NOW NO RECORD OF MY LUGGAGE!"
Pros: "Superb services"
Pros: "Everything ontime"
Cons: "The ground staff was terrible !!!!!"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Too crowded."
Pros: "The crew was excellent and they were hospitable. Easy to approach"
Cons: "Inflight services were poor"
Cons: "Continued to lose my luggage."
Pros: "It's a fast flight"
Pros: "Stewardess was very professional, spoke clearly, was very helpful. On time and affordable rates!"
Pros: "Had lots of space to stretch out"
Cons: "They lost our bags and it took a week to get them back."
Pros: "The downstairs lavatories are genius!"
Cons: "Chicken slightly undercooked"
Pros: "Everything run like a clock"
Cons: "lost luggage"
Pros: "Vegetarian meals were good. Thank you."
Cons: "Not many movies to choose from that were not violent."
Cons: "I missed it due to the delay of LH"
Cons: "All is well."
Pros: "Service and flight itself"
Cons: "Changing the system to be repaired whenever someone needs to change the phone let be available especially to those who are traveling to other countries and they're new there and they need to do a calling for connection to people who are going to take them to different destinations."
Pros: "Crew was helpful."
Cons: "We were delaying on the outgoing flight and coming back as well."
Pros: "I liked when there was turbulent, the pilot told us that we should be calm as the plan was going to experience turbulent in a few moment"
Cons: "I felt like the queen cake had a lot of sugar, think of those who do not eat sugar"
Pros: "The gate crew was helpful"
Cons: "Earlier notification of 7 hour wait time due to delay."
Cons: "Flight on time, cheap and lovely crew"
Cons: "Late departure led to missed connections, but Kenya Airways did not provide much assistance with this. No-one on hand to upon disembarkation to help affected passengers. I just managed to get my onward flight, but my baggage did not make it, so I am awaiting that."
Pros: "I got a free upgrade."
Pros: "terrible airline"
Cons: "delayed my flights twice"
Pros: "Both segmrnts left on time. The on- flight crew were pleasant. The 787 on first flight comfortable in biz class for a nap. Food service well carried out by crew."
Cons: "The 737 on second flight ....the long overnight one... Was very uncomfortable in biz class. On arrival in Nairobi...the hub city...there was no staff. A.c. no working or escalator in airport. Biz line for security not open. Food below average. No breakfast as we one meal."
Pros: "Crew efficient and eager to please. Generous with food and drink."
Cons: "Some seats had damaged entertainment equipment. One seat had a damaged USB charging port. We just used the one from the next seat. Another had a damaged remote control for the entertainment system. Still usable via touch though."
Pros: "Smooth and comfortable flight!"
Cons: "Crew should take diversity training, they tend to treat white people better than people of color. Also this flight was delayed and communication was poor, no crew were on sight during the time on ground! The selection of movies was so poor. KQ is really a stingy airline, 15 hrs flight and no amenity kit! Smh"
Pros: "Kenya airways theme song"
Pros: "I liked the staff members in the plane. they were very nice"
Cons: "the food portions are too small"
Cons: "Needs to improve a lot, so far one of the worst catering services ever faced."
Pros: "Comfortable seats, smooth flight, good service on board"
Cons: "Did not care for insect spraying, limited entertainment / movie choices."
Pros: "Boarding was on time. The flight attendant’s response to my call and request for a blanket...first she smiled as if my request was ridiculous but still went ahead to get me the blanket and we joked about it cause the cabin was getting too cold for me and if she hadn’t given me a blanket I would have caught a cold!"
Cons: "Delay to take off, and spaying of the cabin with insecticide when passengers have boarded!"
Cons: "My flights were changed a lot the week before my flight even though I had booked months ahead."
Pros: "Te time of te flight"
Cons: "Cancelling out a flight at the last minute despite being on stipulated time"
Cons: "Entertainment system plays very old films Stop over 5 hours."
Pros: "Entertainment system wasn't bad."
Cons: "Paid $200 extra for a direct flight and got bumped onto a layover flight. No explanation, no refund and what should have taken 2 hours, took 10."
Pros: "The best flight attendants who met my needs with prompt, positive, politeness. Again, my highest regards for Kenya Airways!"
Pros: "The crew is always great and friendly."
Cons: "The food was really bad. It was some kind of beef but it was uneatable."
Pros: "Trip on the Dreamliner to/from Nairobi/Joburg went very smoothly. Entertainment was limited but worked and was fine for a 4 hour trip. Food was nothing great but nothing disastrous, booze was handed out willingly, staff were efficient, plane was on time - I rate it higher than SAA for the same leg and would choose KA again."
Cons: "Expensive at $800 but limited choice in Africa so what can you do?"
Pros: "The plane was pretty comfortable, they gave us blankets and pillows even though it was only a 4-hour flight."
Cons: "They served "breakfast" halfway through which was two tiny servings of meat and a piece of chocolate cake. Not much food and not really what I wanted to eat in the middle of the night! Boarding was completely chaotic, some screens said the flight was delayed, others said it was on time (it was delayed). When we arrived in Nairobi they hardly apologized for the delay, and also insisted on sending a bus to come pick us up from the plane because it was raining, which took forever. Missed my connection by about 5 minutes and had to wait almost 10 hours for the next one."
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "35 minute departure delay with not even an attempt at an explanation. Broken seat. Cramped."
Pros: "-Professional and courteous service by crew members. -Smooth flight, thanks to captain/pilot -Aircraft comfort."
Pros: "Boarding was early"
Cons: "Plane full and didnt have enough room for a number of hand luggage, mine invcluded"
Cons: "Lack of professionalism,people standing and others had taken luggage space in the plane."
Pros: "They no take care of my bag"
Pros: "customer service was superb entertainment screens and selection was excellent seats were among the best on any airline. The plane was a seemingly fairly new Boeing Dreamliner, very nice"
Cons: "Food was good but not spectaular - not up to Singapore Airlines for example but better than most other long haul carriers"
Pros: "Friendly crew, modern plane, good seats"
Pros: "Everything fine! Especially appreciated that flights were on time, even early."
Cons: "Kenya Airways ground staff in Nairobi was late to open the desk, creating a large line"
Pros: "It was fine."
Pros: "Client oriented crew"
Cons: "Delay in departure time"
Pros: "Everything is ok"
Cons: "it was okay"
Pros: "tickets were cheap"
Cons: "Flight was late leaving Dubai therefore causing me and several other people to miss our connecting flight."
Cons: "Not much space between rows,everybody reclined their seat, you could barley move"
Pros: "on board crew members were pleasant and efficient."
Cons: "rude and dismissive ground crew. delayed flight. and when we got to Nairobi we discovered that several items had been stolennout of our checked luggage."
Pros: "View of coastline from window"
Cons: "Flight was delayed by nearly two hours. my baby stroller was left on tarmac in rain and was soaking wet when we received it at JKIA so I could not even put my exhusted son in it. Kenya Airways needs to step up its customer service."
Cons: "I was wrongly suspected of something in the security check at Kigali Int'l Airport and further screening stole my time to the point that I missed my flight! When I went to a Kenya Airway agent for assistance, I was advised to buy a new air ticket or pay a fee to have my flight changed, which I did and my flight was scheduled for the following day. The following day, the flight was delayed almost for two hours in Kigali and then 1.5 hours in Nairobi. Don't fly Kenya Airway! Their customer care service are terrible, their disability services very poor. Avoid this airline , please!"
Cons: "no headphones available in economy class!!!"
Pros: "Service with smile"
Pros: "good organization and service"
Pros: "Amazing friendly crew. Spot on entertainment!!!"
Cons: "Toilet facilities could have been cleaner"
Cons: "Good crew"
Cons: "Chicken was undercooked. No power outlets."
Pros: "Crew were very good. Comfortable flight."
Cons: "Choice of movies could be much better."
Cons: "Entertainment is non existent. Plane is tatty."
Pros: "The crew was amazing. The crew is an asset to the airline"
Cons: "Boarding is chaotic."
Cons: "No Gin & Tonic Bus transfer to airplane for international flight? Twice...?"
Pros: "The crew was okay, though a little bit occupied and thus ignoring some of the customers' requests. The seats are comfortable and spacious with enough leg room"
Cons: "The food could have been better. Honestly much better"
Cons: "Flight attendants where bothered to serve us beer, water or any other snack during he flight. I had to beg in both occasions to have my tray taken from my seat."
Pros: "I liked they’re fury free in flight shopping, very nice affordable pieces of jewelry and perfumes"
Cons: "They weighed my carryon! I haven’t seen any other airline do that before. I flew with them 3 times this year, 13 hour each flight and the entertainment was not the best. They didn’t have enough current movies or tv shows. The food was bland. Coffee cups were plastic and it burnt my finger."
Pros: "Excellent airline overall Great seats for sleeping"
Cons: "Business class seats are not well appointed Nowhere to put a bottle of water - storage handbag and shoes etc could not be reached without undoing the seatbelt and screen far away from the seat Voice commentary was muffled and therefore unable to be heard"
Pros: "Leg space, TV screen and entertainment and the decline of the seat."
Cons: "The toilets floors could be cleaned often. The food service cart could move for urgent pass to the toilet."
Pros: "Nice crew"
Cons: "Poor communication on boarding gate for business class Aircraft and business seat just medium Food quite as fast-food service"
Pros: "Having never even heard of Ethiopian Airline, our expectations weren’t very high. We found the boarding process to work well. The staff was great and the meals were very good. The flights were on time and efficient."
Cons: "On many of the flights we had to use the roll up stairs. The water that they served tasted like tap water. The seats seem closer (less leg room) than other airlines."
Pros: "Everything was on time, high quality, and enjoyable"
Cons: "There was a fight on the llane but it was because a passenger with mental issues was provoked by a couple so ahe beat up the wife. This was not caused by ET and crew at all, but they stopped it."
Cons: "Rude flight attendants and desk staff that were not trained to do check in well. No entertainment available."
Cons: "The services at the airport was terrible. The Booked me a flight with only a 30 minute layover. When I try telling the people before boarding the plane, big Norred me. When I told the flight attendant she said she would talk to the captain to see if there’s a way I could get a ride to my next plane so I wouldn’t miss it. That never happened. When we got off the plane no one at the airport would help us and when I was trying to run to my next terminal one of the officers at the airport told me to slow down because I wouldn’t miss the plane and I was fine. When I asked help with directions and told him I was afraid of missing my flight people laughed and walked away. When I finally found my terminal and got to it, my flight had already took off seven minutes prior. I absolutelyHated my experience flying with Ethiopian air. The seats are uncomfortable on the plane, not all the seats recline back the same level, and when I was eating dinner I decided to eat chicken since I can’t eat beef and halfway through the check in my stomach started her and I looked up the chicken and it was still pink inside."
Cons: "Besides that the flight was 4 hours delayed and the staff gave different information then the screen, customer service was non existant. There seems to be no structure or system. Gate change was not announced. Staff was not clear or direct about status of the flight. I have had several flights with EA and most have been completely disappointing and frustrating. Forget trying to call anyone, it took me 4 days of non stop calls to connect with someone to change my flight date. Then once connected the credit card system was apparently down and they could not charge my fee. I had to contact the US office while I was in Africa in order to get anything done, ridiculous. They over charged me and would not honor the fees that were quoted on the phone and via email but the head office. Dishonest and no concern for the inconvenience to their customers. This airline would be the last choice, highly not recommended."
Pros: "The food served is awesome and sufficient. The flights are comfortable and the crew are friendly. My luggage came right on time and was properly handled"
Cons: "Well there was no entertainment in the flight. That is it"
Pros: "The crew members are very friendly, always smiling and attentive."
Cons: "The entertainment system needs an upgrade. Touch screens unresponsive."
Pros: "ET's on board crew is excellent. The food is great."
Pros: "Aircraft A350 super nice entertainment t equipment and interior very clean."
Cons: "Lost my luggage, could not trace it and no compensation."
Pros: "The plane is spacious lost of leg room"
Cons: "can improve on the food"
Pros: "The staff assistance Kosher food was great"
Cons: "Overhead baggage compartment was taken over by cups and stuff"
Pros: "Plane size, entertainment options and food were all great."
Cons: "The person next to me was rude and leaning over on my side but not much the airline can do about that."
Pros: "USB plug, nice TV/ entertainment"
Cons: "I sent them an email about an issue with my flight but they didn't get back to me"
Pros: "Children running up and down isles screaming while I was trying to rest. I had to go to the rear of the plane to ask the stewardess to bring it to a stop. They should have stopped it BEFORE I had to ask them to stop it."
Cons: "Chairs were not reclining. Asked for blanket and didn't get one so I was cold."
Pros: "Cabin crew were all charming."
Cons: "Unfortunately, I had to request earphones (which were not supplied in the seat pocket in front of me) five times from three different attendants over the course of an hour and a quarter before I was given them. This was not just so I could watch a movie but because the quality of the plane's public address system made it very difficult to listen to the announcements from the captain and the crew. Listening on earphones I was able to hear everything clearly. Why it had to take so long just to give me earphones I don't know."
Pros: "Great prices, and helpful staff"
Cons: "The food was mediocre, almost poor."
Pros: "1) On time"
Cons: "1) Food from Lusaka to Lilongwe was poor. Just sandwithes and drinks 2) Small bumpy, noisy plane from Lusaka to Lilongwe 3) No entertainment"
Pros: "I was pleasantly surprised at the entertainment. Other than that, everything was pretty good. Nothing stood out as exceptional and nothing was particularly bad."
Cons: "The seats weren't the most comfortable, but on a 10 hour flight, nothing is."
Pros: "Excellent chicken dish"
Pros: "When I originally booked this trip it was with one connection and a 16 hour commute time. They added legs to my trip which significantly increased travel time. I tried to cancel my flight because I booked the flight with the necessity of arriving by specific days and times and they insisted on charging me for it so I just forfeited my seat and trip all together. There's nothing good to say about Ethiopian airlines."
Cons: "They are very unprofessional and unhelpful and I'll never book them again."
Cons: "Crew was not friendly and seemed to ignore my requests. Seat was not comfortable. Food was okay."
Pros: "Flying direct from LA to Europe is a challenge. My other flight got cancelled the day of from another airline but i found this flight 12 hours later direct to Ireland for very cheap. Nice staff and amenities. Socks headphones and plenty of LEG ROOM in economy class. Would fly again"
Pros: "Impressive crew attendants and courteous ."
Cons: "Maybe landing was not too smooth"
Cons: "I was suppose to stay on the flight in Hong Kong to continue to Ethiopia and they never made an announcement. I had a seat with a TV that did not work and it took over 30 mins for a flight attendant to respond."
Cons: "On both flights. From Tel Aviv to Addis Ababa and from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv my seat would not recline. These were night flights and the seat in front of me did recline. so it was a very unpleasent experiance"
Pros: "Great service"
Pros: "It was nice and cool just that the space between seats were small compared to the flight from lagos to Addis."
Pros: "New 350 was a fantastic plane and the seats were excellent. Bags arrived within 15 minutes"
Cons: "nothing negative at all"
Pros: "The food and the crew were nice. The entertainment would go in and out, with the buttons malfunctioning at times."
Cons: "Started boarding 4 hours after scheduled departure. Though there was bad weather, our departure was still delayed way past the "adverse weather" conditions at the airport. In the 4 hours we were in Washington, there was no communication whatsoever. No one to inform us of us potentially missing our ADD to JHB connecting flight. None of the workers wanted to help us."
Pros: "Would have liked to have seen more of the cabin crew, but they were pleasant."
Cons: "Food choice was limited. Ethiopian often ran out of meals and just gave me whatever option they had left. Entertainment system didn't always work properly."
Cons: "I find it exceptionally bizarre that for a company whose name represents a country that spends more than half the year fasting that there isn't an option for this unless you specifically ask online."
Pros: "EVERY THING WAS ON TIME"
Cons: "FOOD NOT GOOD"
Pros: "It's extremely convenient to be able to fly from Manila to Addis Ababa with only one short, 1-hour stop in Bangkok with no need to change planes. And from Addis there are flights leading to multiple African destinations. So nice not to have to make connecting flights first to Hong Kong or Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. It's a very convenient airline route. The plane was a new Dreamliner 787, the staff were professional and pleasant and the food was plentiful and pretty good."
Pros: "Good plane. Good price."
Cons: "Food could be better."
Airlines flying to Malawi have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Malawi
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Malawi
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Malawi
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Malawi
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to Malawi