Summary

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Madagascar

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Madagascar’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

If you’re planning travel to Madagascar, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

You will need a visa to enter Madagascar. You can get a tourist visa on arrival at the airport or an e-visa online before you travel. This process may vary given current Coronavirus entry restrictions. See Visas

Most visits to Madagascar are trouble-free. If possible, you should travel with established organisations or travel companies who know the terrain and have the capacity to warn of potential hazards and local customs. If hiring a guide in country, the National Tourism Office advises visitors to use the services of members of the Professional Tour Operators Association PTO.

Political demonstrations and other protests can occur, particularly in the capital Antananarivo. Due to the possibility of violence at these events, you should avoid all protests and demonstrations. See Political situation

Crime, particularly robbery and theft is widespread in Madagascar. See Crime

Take great care and follow local advice in the south of the country. In the southern triangle between Ihosy, Toliara/Tuléar and Fort-Dauphin the security situation remains tense and the roads are in very poor condition. There have been several attacks on vehicles. If travelling in the area you’re advised to use a recognised tour operator and to avoid travelling at night. Avoid overnight stays in the countryside. You’re advised not to travel by taxi-brousse (bush taxi). If you’re planning to travel to Fort Dauphin you should travel by air instead of via the RN 13. See Local travel - Southern Madagascar

The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from November to April. Coastal areas are particularly affected, and remote areas throughout the country can become inaccessible and suffer damage and contamination to water supplies. There are early forecasts of a cyclone possibly landing in the north and eastern areas of Madagascar over the weekend of 22 and 23 January, or the following week. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the METEO Madagascar website and follow alerts and instructions from the local authorities. See Natural disasters

As of 20 January, heavy rains are causing disruption to travel, and there is an increased risk of flooding in areas of Antananarivo. You should follow the advice of the authorities and monitor Meteo Madagascar for the latest information.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Madagascar, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Piracy remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and has occurred more than 1,000 nautical miles from the Somali coast. See River and sea travel

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support may be limited in parts of Madagascar.