British nationals don’t need a visa for a short visit to Malawi. However, the Malawian government has announced that it intends to introduce a visa regime for British visitors (and nationals of other countries that charge a visa fee for Malawian nationals).
The current position is that the new visa fees will be effective on 01 October 2015 and applicable to visitors from any country which requires Malawian Citizens to acquire visas to visit their country of citizenship. These countries include but are not limited to: the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Schengen member states, Australia & New Zealand.
Most Middle East countries will also be required to pay visa fees. A comprehensive list of countries required to pay the fee is still being compiled. Exempt from this entry fee are countries belonging to SADC and COMESA; with the exception of those countries that charge visa fees to malawian nationals.