Traveling to Madagascar is easy. However, an entry and residence visa is required. You have two options:
For the first choice, if you are not in a hurry and you are patient to follow a line upon arrival at the international airport of Ivato in Antananarivo or other airports such as in Majunga from Mayotte, Fort Dauphin from Johannesburg, Tamatave from La Reunion Island, Nosy Be from Italy ... The visa granted is less than 3 months and in that case, one must provide a 35Euro fee and present a passport valid for six months from the return day.
The second optionis for you who plan your tripweeks before your departure. You can apply forthe visa atthe Embassy or Consulate of Madagascar in your country. All you need in this case is a passport valid six months from the date of return, two passport photos, a copy of the airline ticket or a certificate of reservation issued by a travel agency or the airline.a fee of 35Euro and a filled out form . You can find below the contacts that can help you.,
Once in Madagascar, you can still extend your tourist visa atthe Department of Home Affairs for a time periodof less than 3 months and atthe Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a time periodof more than 3months. For along-stay visa application, you still need to providephotos, a currency declaration, a documentstating the reason for the application, a proof of accommodation,anelectricity or telephone bill on behalf of the applicant...
Living and working in Madagascar is not difficult if you justify an income and resource that can help the local population. But you should be careful in everything you do lest you would be evicted without notice or justification.
No vaccination is required for the entry to Madagascar. However, if you are a frequent traveler, you always need to be cautious by making the following vaccinations (source: World Health Organization): whooping cough, DT polio, yellow fever, rabies, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B.
Madagascar is a tropical country. Malaria exists in all parts of the island especially on the East coast where itis humid and rainy. It is therefore essential to be properly protected from mosquito bites by wearing covering clothes, using mosquito nets in rooms, applying mosquito-repellent lotions and taking paludrine or Savarine tablets every day before departure until the return day as prescribed by your doctor. Malaria causes a fever accompanied by significant shivering, aching muscles, headaches and digestive disorders ...BEWARE, this disease is fatal if neglected.
Apart from these prevention medicines, your digestive system could be disrupted by our Malagasy dish, as healthy and authentic as it is! Therefore, bring antiseptic, intestinal and anti-allergic drugs. It is true that you will find well-stocked pharmacies in each city, but the more you bring with you, the better you will help physicians in the countryside, where patients are generally poor, during your stay. It is a habit we encourage you to have as the proverb says "joining together the useful andthe pleasant”.
The “Ariary” is the currency used for Madagascar. 1 Euro roughly equals 4000 MGA (Malagasy Ariary). By the time you come to Madagascar, you become a Malagasy millionaire! And it is true that it is quite difficult to take all this money during your trip. That is why it is convenient to pre-order your holiday through a tour operator like us and to pay everything from your country. Credit cards are accepted in some high standard hotels, but you can also withdraw money from some banks’ ATM, which is not quite easy. Always bring cash, which is easy to exchange everywhere in the island. In this case, everyone will implement the suitable exchange rate by referring a little to the bank! In the 90s, the exchange rate was scarce in the country, and illegal exchange rate was very common. Today, Madagascar does not have that problem anymore but illegal exchange rate still remains. The difference is not much and we do not recommend it for the good of the country! Many banks are established in Madagascar to serve you properly.
Compared to Europe, Madagascar time is 2 hours ahead during winter and 1 hour ahead during summer. For instance, if it is noon in Paris, it is 2pm in Madagascar. Compared to the United States of America, Madagascar is also ahead. The time is not the same whether we refer to Chicago or New York. Chicago time is 8 hours behind Madagascar and New York, 7 hours. Compared to the neighboring islands- LaRéunion Mauritius and Seychelles, Madagascar time is one hour behind. Compared to Africa such as Johannesburg, Madagascar is one hour ahead,as it is in the same time zone as Kenya. Compared to Thailand, Madagascar is 4hours behind.
People come to Madagascar by air and also by sea, but this applies particularly to cruise ships that stop in the island and the trips are made in advance or even a year earlier. There is no cruise ship thattakespassengers from one place to Madagascar,but airlines are quite numerous and serve the country almost every day from other continents. Most planes, jumbo jets, arrive at the international airport of Ivato in the capital, Antananarivo. We are fortunate to have regular and direct flights from Europe, like France, almost every day and Italy twice a week after 10 hours flights. From Africa, from Asia. The neighboring islands like Mauritius and La Réunion join us almost every day in one hour. We can see that Madagascar is not isolated from the rest of the world; you can come without difficulties from any place.