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Madagascar

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

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  • 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

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:

Avoid non-essential travel until further notice:

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

If you are currently travelling outside of Ireland:

Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate. For this reason, where commercial flights are still an option, we recommend that people who wish to do so make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible.

We are working with airlines to show maximum flexibility to those passengers who need to change their existing flight arrangements. Where commercial flights are no longer available, we are working side-by-side with our international partners to identify alternative options where possible.

It may not be feasible or possible for everyone who wants to travel back to Ireland to do so in the short term. We ask Irish citizens remaining abroad to make decisions that safeguard their health and well-being and that they follow local public health and safety requirements.  We ask that they remain in close contact with family, friends and their local Irish Embassy or Consulate. 

We know that this is a stressful situation for citizens and our embassy network is working around the clock to provide people with all the information and assistance that we can, bearing in mind the situation is unfolding across multiple countries and is not one under our control. 

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. Check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page for full information on these requirements. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.

Where to go for more information:

We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and especially their Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Latest Travel Alert 

Novel Coronavirus

A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Madagascar.

The Malagasy authorities have now announced the suspension of all international and regional flights for a period of 30 days from 20 March.

The authorities have also suspended all flights between Reunion Island and Mayotte from this date.

In addition, a State of Emergency (Health) was declared on 21 March, with restrictions set to last at least two weeks and possibly longer. A range of closures have been announced including: schools, universities, churches, bars and restaurants. There is also a curfew in place from 20.00 to 05.00 each day. Public transport has also been suspended. Please be advised that sanitary checks have been set up at the exit and entry points of major cities. Any persons who entered Madagascar for the 14 days prior to 19 March are also required to undertake a medical examination and be tested for COVID-19.

Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.

HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.

Do:

• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

Don’t:

• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

ECDC

World Health Organisation 

Travel Alert

There is currently an outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar. You should contact your flight operator or travel agent if you intend to travel this route.

Irish Citizens are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

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.

Emergency assistance

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.

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

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Madagascar, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Maputo in Mozambique. Please note that if you require assistance in the case of emergency while the Embassy is closed, contact the Duty Officer at +258 82 3091430.

If you phone outside of working hours, leave us a message giving:

  • Your name
  • The nature of your problem
  • Where you are now
  • Your contact details (mobile phone number or phone number of where you’re staying)

We regularly monitor these messages and one of our staff members will be in contact with you.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

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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