- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
High Degree of Caution.
Latest Travel Alert
Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Travel to Madagascar
Madagascar’s borders are open to limited regional flights and limited commercial and charter flights to/from Europe. Flights are subject to change or cancellation and passengers should remain in contact with their travel agent or airline.
If you are authorised to enter Madagascar you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure, regardless of your vaccination status.
Travellers will also be required to take an antigen test on arrival in Madagascar at their own expense. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for 7 days in a designated hotel also at their own expense.
Irish citizens require a visa to visit Madagascar. If travelling for tourism purposes, a visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport of entry. 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.
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.
The Emergency Services (Police, Medical Emergency and Fire Service) number in Madagascar is 117.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
- 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
There has been political unrest in Madagascar since 2009, and the situation remains unpredictable. Due to the possibility of violence, you should avoid large gatherings and political demonstrations, and 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. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational or violent.
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.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Madagascar, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact the Irish Embassy in Mozambique if you need help.
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
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 drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
More travel advice
As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Madagascar, we are not in a position to give you up-to-date travel advice.
But you can visit these foreign ministries for more detailed information:
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Department of State
We do not have an Embassy in Madagascar, please contact Embassy of Ireland Mozambique.
Embassy of Ireland,
Avenida Julius Nyerere 3630,
Tel: +258 21 501 700
Monday to Thursday, 08:00 – 16:30
Friday, 08:00 – 13:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.