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Madagascar

If you’re travelling to Madagascar, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

Latest Travel Alert

COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.

Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on Travel-dfa.ie

Travel to Madagascar

Entry into Madagascar from overseas is currently not allowed, with some limited exemptions. Madagascar has suspended all routine international flights and private flights until further notice. Cruise ships are not currently permitted to berth in Madagascar’s ports. An exception is that Air France are operating weekly repatriation flights from Antananarivo to Paris, from where there are onward connections.

If you are authorised to enter Madagascar you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.

You will also be required to quarantine for 8 days in a designated hotel on arrival, take a COVID test on arrival at Ivato International Airport and again at the end of the quarantine period. If the test is positive, you will need to quarantine for a further 14 days and may be required to go to a state-mandated facility for treatment.

Please contact your nearest Embassy of Madagascar for further details and any entry related queries.

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Madagascar.

General Travel Advice

There has been political unrest in Madagascar since 2009, and the situation remains unpredictable. Although foreigners have not been targeted in past demonstrations, we advise you to avoid the centre of Antananarivo, to exercise caution, and to keep an eye on news reports, as well as any information that may be posted on this website. Avoid any large gatherings or demonstrations.

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Weather

The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from November to April. Coastal areas are particularly affected, and remote areas throughout the country can become inaccessible and suffer damage and contamination to water supplies. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the METEO Madagascar website and follow alerts and instructions from the local authorities.

Additional information on global weather can be found here.

Emergency Services

The Emergency Services (Police, Medical Emergency and Fire Service) number in Madagascar is 117.

Travel to Ireland

Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie 

Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Practical advice

  • Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency

Political unrest

There has been political unrest in Madagascar since 2009, and the situation remains unpredictable. Although foreigners have not been targeted in past demonstrations, we advise you to avoid the centre of Antananarivo.

Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. And avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.

Crime

If you travelling to Madagascar you should take these sensible precautions to protect yourself against crime:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Madagascar, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Mozambique if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Madagascar, follow these basic guidelines:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Additional Information

Additional information

More travel advice

Because we don’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Madagascar, we can’t give you up-to-date travel advice.

But you can visit these foreign ministries for more detailed information:  

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

We do not have an Embassy in Madagascar, please contact Embassy of Ireland Mozambique.

Embassy of Ireland,
Avenida Julius Nyerere 3630,
Sommershield,
Maputo,
Mozambique.

Tel: +258 21 501 700

Monday to Thursday, 08:00 – 16:30
Friday, 08:00 – 13:00

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