How to Enter Madagascar

Do I need a passport or visa to enter?

A passport and visa are required. Tourists staying in Madagascar for fewer than 30 days will be able to receive a free visa upon arrival. Travelers staying for longer or who require a transformable visa are not eligible for this service since visas obtained at the airport cannot be extended. Visas are available at all airports servicing international flights, but travelers who opt to obtain a visa at an airport should expect delays upon arrival. Visitors can also obtain visas from the Madagascar Embassy in Washington, D.C.: 2374 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008-2852; telephone (202) 265-5525/6. Visas issued by the Madagascar Embassy in Washington, D.C., are extendable within Madagascar. Please be advised that in order to extend a visa within Madagascar, the Madagascar government requires the submission of a current police certificate from the United States; such a certificate is available from the U.S. Department of Justice but cannot be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo. All U.S. citizens must have at least one blank page and six months validity in their passport to gain admittance to Madagascar. Visa fees can be paid in U.S. dollars, Euros, or Malagasy Ariary. Credit cards are not accepted. Most international flights arrive in Antananarivo, but there are some limited international flights to/from the nearby islands of Comoros, Mayotte, and Reunion from airports in Mahajanga, Toamasina (Tamatave), Nosy Be, Tolagnaro (Ft. Dauphin), and Antsiranana (Diego Suarez). There are also direct flights between Italy and Nosy Be. Evidence of yellow fever immunization is required for all travelers who have been in an infected zone within six months of their arrival in Madagascar.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Madagascar.

Travelers may obtain the latest information and details on entry requirements from the Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar, 2374 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008; telephone (202) 265-5525/6; or the Malagasy Consulate in New York City, telephone (212) 986-9491. Honorary consuls of Madagascar are located in Philadelphia and San Diego. Overseas, inquiries may be made at the nearest Malagasy embassy or consulate. Visit the Embassy of Madagascar’s website for the most current visa information.

Special Travel Circumstances in Madagascar

It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Madagascar in Washington, D.C., or one of Madagascar's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding visas and, especially for those intending extended visits, customs requirements. In many countries around the world, counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available. Transactions involving such products are illegal and bringing them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines. Taking photographs of airports or military installations is prohibited.

Madagascar is renowned for its natural resources. These include a wide variety of gemstones and other precious materials. The Government of Madagascar recently imposed restrictions on the export of precious gems; before purchasing or transporting any gemstones, it is advisable to seek clarification of the applicable laws. Any precious materials should be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a certificate to allow for exportation from Madagascar.

Madagascar is primarily a cash-driven economy. Although some high-end establishments catering to tourists accept credit cards (normally only Visa-logo cards), most shops and restaurants are cash only. Although the government changed the local currency from the Malagasy Franc (FMG) to the Ariary several years ago, many Malagasy still think in terms of FMG. When talking about prices, it is important to quantify whether the price is in Ariary or FMG (1 Ariary = 5 FMG). ATMs that accept Visa (generally not MasterCard) are available in large cities. Dollars are not widely accepted, and $100 USD bills are frequently refused at banks and local businesses.

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