Last updated: 23 October 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Batterie Beach, north of Tuléar, where there have been violent attacks including fatalities.
There has been continued political instability in Madagascar since the 2009 coup d’état. Despite the political transition back to democracy in early 2014, the situation remains fragile and may have an impact on security, especially in the capital, the larger regional cities, and the Betroka region in the south. The recent return of former President Ravalomanana may add to political uncertainty and cause demonstrations. You should avoid all crowds.
Take great care and follow local advice in the south-east of the country. In the southern triangle between Ihosy, Tuléar and Fort-Dauphin the security situation remains tense and the roads are in very poor condition. Avoid overnight stays in the countryside.
You should avoid travelling at night on Route Nationale 13 (RN 13) between Ambovombe and Ihosy and on the RN 10 between Betioky –Andranovory (the western route to Tuléar). There have been several attacks on vehicles. Take great care on these roads during the daytime.
In 2013 there were just over 8,000 British visitors to Madagascar and most visits were trouble free. If possible, travel with established organisations or travel companies who know the terrain and have the capacity to warn of potential hazards.
Be vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around the country, in particular if you’re travelling alone. If you’re travelling independently, monitor the local media closely for the duration of your visit.
In October 2013 on the island of Nosy Be, 2 foreigners and 1 Malagasy were lynched and burned by the local population. Remain vigilant during visits to beaches.
Crime is widespread in Madagascar. Be vigilant in the capital Antananarivo particularly on the Avenue de L’Independence, Ambohijatovo, Analakely, Bohorika, Isoraka Ampasamandinika, 67ha, Analakely and around the military barracks at Betongolo.
Be especially vigilant at night. Since 2012 there have been a number of explosions in Antananarivo linked to civil unrest which continue until today. Don’t touch any suspect packages.
There is a low threat from terrorism.
The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from November to April. Coastal areas are particularly affected. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and has occurred more than 1,000 nautical miles from the Somali coast.