Madagascar is a country that occupies a large island of the same name, located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. It is the fourth largest island in the world. Madagascar is famous for pepper, vanilla, and of course the lemurs. The country has six provinces (faritany) - Antananarivo, Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toamasina, and Toliara.
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately. Your passport must have at least one blank page for the entry stamp. This cannot include the ‘endorsement’ page at the back.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after date of travel and your passport must have at least two blank pages (per country visited) to allow for visa stamps. A visa is required for all foreign citizens visiting Madagascar.
After several years of "no-fee visa" policy for stays shorter than 30 days , the Madagascar government now requires travellers to pay to get their visa no matter how long they plan to stay in the country. This measure is in effect as of December 7th 2015. The fee structure for single entry is as-follow:
These short stay visas can be obtained upon arrival at the port of entry. Payment is made by cash only with the following currencies : Malgasy Ariary, Euros, US Dollars. You should show immigration officers a printed copy of your ticket showing your departure date and your passport should have at least 6 months of validity. The visa can also be obtained from the Embassy of Madagascar serving your territory . Please contact the embassy of Madagascar serving your territory for more details on how to apply.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None
However The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following vaccines. See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for them to take effect:
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)Hepatitis B if you might be exposed to blood (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, stay longer than 6 months, or be exposed through medical treatmentRabies, if you come into direct contact with wild or domestic animalsTyphoid, particularly if you are visiting developing countriesBooster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles and a one-time dose of polio vaccine for adults, as needed
Malaria: Malaria is always a concern when traveling in Madagascar. As most camps are in remote locations, the chances of contracting malaria are slim, but preventative measures are strongly advised.
Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever Vaccination Card is required to enter Madagascar if you have traveled to ANY country that has Yellow Fever.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is difficult to replace prescription items, especially outside of the capital city.
Madagascar has two seasons: the hot, rainy season from November to April, and a cooler, dry season from May to October. Though the overall climate is a tropical one, the country has a great variation in climate depending on elevation and position relative to dominant winds. The east coast is home to the heaviest rainfalls and hot, humid weather. Antananarivo receives almost all of its rainfall between November and March, and sees pleasant and sunny temperatures with chilly mornings in the dry season. Frost is common at higher elevations.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com
Electricity in Madagascar is supplied at 220-240V and 50Hz. For the most part, round two-pin plugs are used. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Your cell phone will work in most areas while in Madagascar, however, roaming can be quite expensive so we do strongly recommend that you pre-purchase a data and roaming plan with your carrier before travel. Or simply opt to use phones on-site at your accommodations or purchase minutes and ask to use your driver’s phone for any immediately required phone calls.
Internet: Internet cafes are becoming increasingly popular in the city centres in Madagascar, and it is possible to find internet connections in different areas around the city. Speed is generally quite slow though. Please note that wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package.
The currency in Madagascar is the Malagsy Ariary (MGA). Coins are issued in denominations of 1/5, 2/5, 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, and 50 ariary. Bank notes are issued in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10000 ariary. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). ATMs are available throughout the country as well, but it is advisable to bring money with you.
Language: Malagasy and French
Currency: Malagasy Ariary (MGA)
Religion: 52% of the population have indigenous beliefs and 41% are Christian
Time Zone: UTC + 03
Electricity: 220V/50 Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Madagascar is +261
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number.
Emergency numbers in Madagascar: Dial 117 for any type of emergency.