The Government of Malawi is introducing the new visa regime on 1st October 2015.for more information, check the visa page. To know your passport application status, SMS your 14 digit Passport Application number (Numerical Digits) to 343 from any Airtel number.
Press Statement on the new visa regime

When applying in person, all copies of documents have to be self-attested, all original documents to be produced at counter which could be taken