Preparing your trip to Madagascar

Madagascar is a dreamlike destination which ensures an unforgettable stay. Its natural wealth as well as the diversity of its custom makes it a fascinating island. Follow our tips to prepare your trip and make the most of it.

Climatic conditions

The study of climatic conditions is essential during a trip (tourism or business trip). The regions of Madagascar have several altitude differences which lead to different climatic conditions. Spring and summer are associated to dry seasons whereas autumn and winter constitute the rainy sea-son. During the dry period, the temperature is between 25 and 30°C, and can exceed the 40°C in the coasts. The night temperature generally drops to -10°C or – 15°C on the heights. The East and North regions are often exposed to cyclones between January and March.

Local Diseases

You should always have a first-aid kit with you with the necessary medicines so as to be sure you have emergency treatment in case there is an issue. Local diseases include malaria which is transmitted by mosquito bites. It is important to take precautions to contracting it. First, take an antimalarial treatment as prevention, then, protect yourself from bites using the different devices certified by the WHO and the Institut Pasteur. Although no vaccine is required, it is preferable to get ready for typhoid fever, polio DT and hepatitis.
Favor winter season if you are going for a touristic trip so that you could fully and serenely enjoy your stay to discover the wealth of the Island.

The Visa and the Passport

A visa would be necessary for a stay in the Great Island. You could have it once you arrive at the Ivato Airport. In principle, this precious sesame is free for a maximum of 30 days-stay. Beyond this (90 days being the maximum duration of a touristic visa), it be-comes paid (in cash). Go to consular or diplomatic representations to obtain an entry and residence visa for a stay under three months. Please note that the police station in charge of immigration-emigration at the airport could also provide you this kind of visa. Make sure your passport would still be valid during the six months following the date of your stay.

Practical information

Madagascar is a dream-like destination for the nature lovers, idleness adepts and adventure amateurs. To get there, you have the choices between the airline companies Air Madagascar, Air France, Air Austral and Corsair. It is always better to book a hotel and to organize the travels in advance.Consult the services of a good car rental agency to discover the inner beauty of the island according to your desires. As a precaution, get yourself informed of the local habits and customs.
Bring light clothing and sunscreen to ensure a comfortable holiday on the coasts. If you stay in the uplands, think of warm clothes. Do not forget to bring electric lamps and flexible, light and robust walking shoes if you are planning to visit caves. The Ariary (1 euro = 3 948 MGA) is the official local currency of Madagascar. It is strongly recommended to carry out the exchange.