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Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements


The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Aphrodisiacs and relating correspondence
  • Chain letters
  • Coins, bank notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to the bearer
  • Clothing, used
  • Firearms and parts thereof
  • Platinum, gold or silver
  • Precious stones, jewels or other valuable articles
  • Travellers cheques
  • Vegetables and vegetable products.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

Malawi requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from Malawi authorities before posting seeds.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 3.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

Commercial goods require an invoice. Patent medicines must be clearly marked with their composition and dosage.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

Delivery locations & exclusions data (Personal)

  • International Express - Parcels does NOT deliver to the following destinations
    • Chickwawa
    • Chitipa
    • Dowa
    • Mchinji
    • Monkey Bay
    • Mwanza
    • Nkhotakota
    • Nasanje
    • Phalombe

      International Express - Parcels does not deliver to a Post Office Box however does deliver to Poste Restante.
  • International Express - Letters service available on a non-guaranteed basis
  • Air Mail and Sea Mail destinations for Parcels
    The Air Mail and Sea Mail services for Parcels are available only to places with a delivery post office. Malawi does not deliver articles, but notifies the addressee of their arrival. Parcels sent to places not served by the railway must be watertight.

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Malawi Posts Corporation website.