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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

High Degree of Caution

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us on Twitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

Travel to Madagascar

Madagascar’s borders are open to limited regional flights and limited commercial and charter flights to/from Europe. 

There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Madagascar from Ireland. There is no requirement to present certificates of vaccination/testing for COVID-19.

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

Madagascar has a history of political unrest, and the situation can be 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.

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.

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

Madagascar has a history of political unrest, and the situation can be 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 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.

Crime

Robberies, theft and street crime occur frequently in towns and cities, in nature reserves and on beaches. Carjacking and theft from cars have become more frequent. If you are travelling to Madagascar you should take these sensible precautions to protect yourself against crime:

  • Do not carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • You should carry your passport with you, but keep it concealed and secure.  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 do not use ATMs after dark, especially if you are 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.
  • Beware of pickpockets in crowded areas like street markets and airports. 
  • 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 are 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.

Driving

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

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit
  • 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 are hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you are 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

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.

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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