Useful tips before you go:

1- Visa & passport

Passport, return ticket and visa are required for Australian, British, Canadian, Other EU and USA.
To enter Madagascar, a passport valid for six months after the date of entry is required.
Visa for 30 days can be taken upon arrival at Ivato international airport. You must pay in cash with US Dollars or Euros. It’s about 90 000 MGA (€28 or $30)
For stays over one month, you need to apply for a visa from the nearest Madagascan Embassy.

2- Health Care and Vaccinations

No vaccine is required for Madagascar. But a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers coming from infected areas. Visitors should not drink the tap water in Madagascar. We advise bottle mineral water instead. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. Check all food is well-cooked, especially meat and fish.

3- Insurance

It is imperative that our travelers have their own health insurance covering medical expenses, accident and emergency medical care, emergency evacuation, repatriation, trip cancellation and lost or delayed bags.

4- Madagascar Public Holidays

  • January 01: New Year’s Day
  • Easter Monday: changeable
  • March 29: Martyrs’ Day
  • May 01: Labor Day
  • May 05: Ascension Day
  • June 26: Independence Day
  • August 15: Assumption
  • November 01: All Saints Day
  • December 25: Christmas Day

5- Currency & Money

Malagasy Ariary (MGA),

Credit cards: American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at top-end hotels in Tana and the provincial capitals. However, outside of the main cities cash is king.
ATMs can be found in and around the capital and in some of the larger towns. However, many of these only take visa; the daily withdrawal limit is 400,000 MGA.
Banking hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1100 and 1400-1600.

Office hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700 with a two-hour lunch break at noon.

6- Keeping in Touch in Madagascar

Mobile phone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage reaches major cities and main roads but is scarce in rural areas. If you have an unlocked phone, consider picking up a Malagasy sim card and using this for your stay; it is far cheaper to make calls this way.

Internet: Many hotels have WiFi. Some internet cafés exists in some main cities but connections tend to be horribly slow.

7- Madagascar Food and Drink

Malagasy food is based of rice, a portion of meat and vegetables. With influence of French, Indonesian, African culture. A large variety of food that delights taste buds.

One of the pleasures during your Madagascar trip is eating well. Everything is good. Zebu steaks are excellent. On the coast, seafood predominates including lobster, fish, and shellfish. Fresh fruits and veggies are in abundance. Pizza and pasta are popular everywhere. For special dietary requirement, just advise us in advance.

Local drinks include local beer: Three Horses Beer or THB, Malagasy wine, rhum arrangé (homemade flavored rum produced with sugar cane)