Madagascar Travel Advice, Embassies & Tourist Offices

Travel Advice

Last updated: 17 April 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 but essential travel to Andohahela National Park and against all travel on road RN13 between Ambovombe and Ihosy. Take great care and follow local advice if you are travelling in the south east of the country.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the national parks of ‘Montagne d’Ambre’ and ‘Ankarana’ in northern Madagascar. There have been confirmed reports of armed attacks, including robberies on tourists.

On 25 January 2014 several explosive devices were detonated in the centre of Antananarivo leading to over 50 casualties including one fatality.

There has been continued political instability in Madagascar since the 2009 coup. A second round of elections, intended to return the country to democratic Government, took place on 20 December 2013 and the new President Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina was inaugurated on 25 January.

The ongoing political situation may have an impact on security, especially in the capital and the bigger regional cities. Meetings and demonstrations can take place at short notice and the risk of public disorder cannot be ruled out. Take great care, particularly at night.

You should exercise caution throughout Madagascar at all times and avoid crowds. Following rioting on the island of Nosy Be on 2-3 October 2013, which resulted in the deaths of 2 Europeans and a Malagasy man, the situation is now calm. You should be particularly vigilant in the following areas of Nosy Be: Ambatoloaka, Hell-Ville, all beaches, and the road to the airport.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

There is widespread crime in Madagascar. Take particular care on beaches where there have been attacks and robberies.

Visitors to Madagascar should travel with established organisations or travel firms who have the capacity to monitor the local media and warn of possible trouble. Remain vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around the country, in particular if travelling alone. If travelling independently we advise that you monitor the local media closely and keep abreast of the situation for the duration of your visit.

In 2013 there were around 8,000 British visitors to Madagascar. Most visits are trouble free.

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 in excess of 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia.

Edited by Jane Duru
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