Visitor information

Find in this section all the information you may need to plan and organize your trip for Madagascar.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

  • Seasons

April-October: dry season

November-March: rainy season

Climate: tropical

June-August: Southern winter with cool temperatures in Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa (Highlands) – Pack some warm clothes

  • Time difference

UTC/GMT+3

  • Weather forecast

Visit http://www.meteomadagascar.mg/prevision-generale

Formalities

Passport: valid up to 6 months after the return date.

Visa: required – please refer to the diplomatic and consular representation.

Apply online: https://www.evisamadagascar.com

Tourism Visa fees – Short stay:

0-30 days: Euros 27

31-60 days: Euros 33

60-90 days: Euros 46

(These rates are provided for information purposes only and are subject to change.

Please contact the diplomatic and consular representation prior to your trip).

Health

No vaccination is required. 

A preventive anti-malarial treatment is recommended. 

Recommended vaccines: DTCP (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and poliomyelitis), hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, plague and cholera.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for participants from infection-areas.

Pack a basic kit: disinfectant, antiseptic, Band-Aids, eyewash, antihistamine, antispasmodic drug, antidiarrheal medication, paracetamol, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

Tap water is not drinkable. Always drink sealed bottled water or use water purification tablets. 

Change & currencies

Local currency: Ariary (Ar or MGA = Malagasy Ariary)

Notes: Ar 20,000 / 10,000 / 5,000 / 2,000 / 1,000 / 200 and 100

For the exchange rate, please refer to the Central Bank of Madagascar:

www.banque-centrale.mg/index.php?id=m5_1_1

 

Withdrawal or change at exchange offices or banks (cash dispensers) in major cities.

Safety & Precautions

In Tana

By foot: watch out thieves and pickpockets by day and night, especially in touristic and high use areas.

– Precautions: remove valuables, keep them in safe and only take what you need with you.

By the end of the day: even for a short ride, it is highly recommended to take a taxi.

– Street begging: travel responsibly – if you wish to make a donation, contact the associations, NGOs or schools directly.

  • Power supply

220 V

  • Telephone 

Madagascar dialing code: +261

Local telephone companies: Orange (032-), Airtel (033-), Telma (034-)

You can buy a Sim card and top-ups from their agencies/shops.

National and public holidays

January 1st: New Year’s day

March 8th: Women’s Day

March 29th: Commemoration of the 1947 Insurrection martyrs

March – April: Taom-baovao Malagasy (= Malagasy New Year) in Andohalo, Imerimanjaka, Ikianka-Ambohimangakely

April – May: Santabary (for the first rice harvest of the year)

April: Easter

April: Easter Monday

May 1st: Labour Day

May: Ascension Day

May: Pentecost Day

May: Pentecost Monday

June 25th: Id Al-Fitr*

June 26th: National Day

July – September: Famadihana (‘’the turning of the bones”)

June – September: Sambatra (circumcision ceremonies) in the Central Highlands and November – December: in the South-West

August 15th: Assomption

September 1st: Id Adha*

November 1st: All Saints’ Day

December 25th: Christmas Day

*Muslim religious holidays

USEFUL ADRESSES & CONTACTS

Useful links

  • Madagascar Embassy in France

4 avenue Raphaël – 75016 Paris – France

Tel: Consular service 06 68 95 67 34 / 06 98 04 46 94 ; Visas 06 47 53 66 88

W: http://www.ambamad-paris.fr

E: infoambamadparis@yahoo.fr/ visamadagascar@yahoo.fr

  • Other embassies 

http://madagascar-tourisme.com/fr/infos-pratiques/adresses-utiles/

 

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/madagascar/events/

  • Pasteur Institute 

www.pasteur.fr/fr/centre-medical/preparer-son-voyage/madagascar#vaccinations-recommandes

Touristic information

  • National Tourism Board of Madagascar (ONTM)

Lot IBG 29C Antsahavola – Antananarivo

Tel: +261(0)20 22 661 15

W: madagascar-tourisme.com

E: ontm@moov.mg

  • Regional Tourism Board of Analamanga (ORTANA)

Escalier Ranavalona – Antaninarenina – Antananarivo

Tel: +261(0)20 22 270 51 / +261(0)34  20 270 51

W: tourisme-antananarivo.com

E: contact@ortana.mg

  • Madagascar National Parks (MNP)

Ambatobe – Antananarivo

Tel: +261(0)34 49 415 38 / +261(0)34 49 418 83

W: parcs-madagascar.com

E: contact@madagascar.national.parks.mg

Banks

Within walking distance to the hotel:

  • Accès Banque

Immeuble Bir Hackeim – Lot IBG 21 Ter – Antsahavola

Tel: +261(0)20 22 322 34 / +261(0)20 22 224 61

+261(0)32 03 030 25 / +261(0)34 05 015 00 / +261(0)33 15 015 01

W: www.accesbanque.mg

 

  • BFV-SG

_2 rue Ihovana – Tsaralalana

Tel: +261(0)20 22 287 73

_33 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely

Tel: +261(0)20 22 276 77

_14 rue Général Rabehevitra – Antaninarenina

Tel: +261(0)20 22 231 25

mon-fri : 8:00 – 16:00

W: bfvsg.mg

  • BMOI

_2 rue Ihovana – Tsaralalana

Tel: +261(0)20 22 540 26

_Place de l’Indépendance – Antaninarenina

Tel: +261(0)20 22 346 09

mon-fri: 8:00 – 16:00

W: www.bmoinet.net

  • BNI

Place du 19 Mai 1946 – Antsahavola

Tel: +261(0)20 22 224 21 / +261(0)20 22 625 39

mon-fri: 8:00 – 16:00

W: www.bni.mg

  • BOA

2 Place de l’Indépendance ou Philibert Tsiranana – Antaninarenina

Tel: +261(0)20 22 391 00 / +261(0)20 22 392 50

W: www.boa.mg

  • MCB

Rue des 77 parlementaires français – Antsahavola

Tel: +261(0)20 22 272 62

W: www.mcbmadagascar.com

  • SBM (State Bank of Mauritius)

1 rue Andrianary Ratianarivo – Antsahavola

Tel: +261(0)20 22 666 07

W: sbmgroup.mu

Within walking distance to the hotel:

Post offices

  • Place Philibert Tsiranana – Antaninarenina (opposite BMOI bank)
  • Avenue du 26 Juin 1960 – Analakely (opposite Analakly Market)

W: www.paositramalagasy.mg

Telephone companies

  • Telma Shop

_Soarano Railway Station Shop n°5

_Lot IAG Immeuble Mirado 15 rue Ratsimilaho – Antaninarenina

W: www.telma.mg 

  • Orange 

_DMT Kiosk: 26 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely

_Ampasamadinika agency: ex-Teillet Labrousse Building

W: www.orange.mg

  • Airtel 

_Airtel Shop Express: Analakely – Tel: +261(0)33 11 003 09

_Airtel Shop Express: G/F Digital World Center Building – Analakely – Tel: +261(0)33 11 001 02

W: airtel.com

Photo Service

  • DMT Photo: 26 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely
  • DMT Photo: 15 rue Ratsimilaho – Antaninarenina

Convenience stores and supermarkets

  • Supermaki – rue Benily – Tsaralalana: convenience store
  • Shoprite – 28 Rue Andriajampoinimerina – Analakely: supermarket
  • Leader Price – Antaninarenina: supermarket

EMERGENCIES

  • Police Emergency: 17 or 117 from a mobile phone

+261(0)20 22 357 09 / +261(0)20 22 357 10

  • Fire department: 18 or 118 from a mobile phone

+261(0)20 22 390 30 / +261(0)33 15 500 86

  • National Police Force: 19 or 119 from a mobile phone

 

Within walking distance to the hotel:

Drugstores

  • Pharmacie Nouvelle

10 rue Indira Gandhi – Tsaralalana

Tel: +261(0)20 22 207 37

  • Pharmacie de l’Océan Indien

18 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely

Tel: +261(0)20 22 224 70

  • Pharmacie de Tana

2 rue Ratianarivo – Antsahavola

Tel: +261(0)20 22 207 17

  • Pharmacie Métropole

7 rue Ratsimilaho – Antaninarenina

Tel: +261(0)20 22 200 25

  • Pharmacie de la Pergola

39 rue Ratsimilaho – Antaninarenina

Tel: +261(0)20 22 237 17

TRANSPORTS

Taxis

In Tana

The taxis are usually beige-colored with a ‘Taxi Antananarivo’ sign on top.

No mileage counter – Always negotiate the fare before getting on the taxi.

Land transport

  • Cotise Transport Co-operative

Lines: Tananarive/Tamatave ; Tananarive/Fianarantsoa ; Tananarive/Mahajanga ; Tananarive/Morondava

IVM 12 AT Ter Ambodivona

Tel: +261(0)32 11 027 33 / +261(0)32 11 027 10 / +261(0)32 12 027 00

W: cotisse-transport.com

 

  • Traveline Madagascar

Lines: Tananarive/Tamatave ; Tananarive/Andasibe

Departure: Palm Hotel – rue Ratianarivo / rue Jean Jaurès – Tsaralalana

Tel: +261(0)34 02 340 02

W: www.travelinemadagascar.com

 

  • Transport Première Classe

Lines: Tananarive/Mahajanga ; Tananarive/Ambanja

Departure: Le Grand Mellis Hotel – 3 rue Indira Gandhi – Tsaralalana

Tel: +261(0)32 40 134 76

W: www.malagasycar.com

Airline companies

International flights

  • Air Austral

23 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely

mon-fri: 8:30-17:00 / sat: 9:00-12:00

Tel: +261(0)20 22 303 31

W: air-austral.com

E: tananarive@air-austral.com

  • Air France

_Tour Zital,  5/F – Route des Hydrocarbures – Ankorondrano

mon-fri: 8:30-17:00 / sat: 8:30-12:30

Tel: +261(0)20 23 230 23

_Air France – Ivato

Tel: +261(0)261 22589 40

W: airfrance.com

E: mail.cto.tnr@airfrance.fr

  • Air Madagascar

31 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely

mon-fri: 7:30-17:00 / sat: 8:00-11:00

Tel: Madagascar Call center: +261(0)20 22 510 00 / +261(0)20 22 222 22 / +261(0)20 22 288 65

Tel: France & Europe Centre Call center: +33(0)1 42 66 00 00

W: airmadagascar.com

E: agence.analakely@airmadagascar.com

  • Air Mauritius

Enceinte Tana Water Front – Ambodivona

Tel: +261(0)32 05 620 36

W: airmauritius.com

E: contact-mada@airmauritius.com

  • Corsair

1 avenue de l’Indépendance – Hall Gare Soarano

mon-fri 8:30-17:00 / sat: 8:30-12:00

Tel: +261(0)20 22 633 36

W: corsair.fr

E: corsair@corsair.mg

  • Ethiopian Airlines

ex-SICAM Building – Analakely

Tel: +261(0)22 307 34 / +261(0)34 07 637 96 / +261(0)33 14 315 42

W: ethiopianairlines.com

E: ravim@ethiopianairlines.com

  • Turkish Airlines

Tel: +261(0)32 11 522 26

W: turkishairlines.com

  • Airline companies represented by Rogers Aviation :

Rue des 77 parlementaires français – Antsahavola

mon-fri 8:30-17:30 / sat: 8:30-12:00

Tel: +261(0)20 22 359 90 / +261(0)20 22 622 52 / +261(0)34 49 359 90

E: contact@rogers-aviation.mg / eshan@rogers-aviation.mg

  • Air Asia
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air Seychelles
  • Kenya Airways
  • SA Airlink
  • South African Airways

 

Domestic flights

  • Air Madagascar

31 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely

mon-fri: 7 :30-16 :30 / sat: 8 :00-11 :00

Tel: Madagascar Call center: +261 20 22 510 00 / +261 20 22 222 22 / +261 20 22 288 65

W: airmadagascar.com

E: agence.analakely@airmadagascar.com

  • Madagasikara Airways

_Ankorondrano agency – Zoom – Ankorondrano

Tel: +261(0)20 22 236 12 / +261(0)32 05 970 03 / +261(0)34 05 970 03

_La City agency – Ivandry

Tel: +261(0)20 22 493 69 / +261(0)32 05 970 07

W: madagasikaraairways.com

E: ankoay@madagasikaraairways.com

  • Tsaradia

c/o Air Madagascar – 31 avenue de l’Indépendance – Analakely

mon-fri: 7 :30-16 :30 / sat: 8 :00-11 :00

Tel: Madagascar Call center: +261 20 23 444 44 – mon-fri: 7 :30-19 :00

W: tsaradia.com