The situation in the centre of Antananarivo remains unstable and potentially volatile. Visitors should avoid any crowds or political gatherings which may occur. The Ambohijatovo, Lac Anosy, Ankorondrano, Mahamasima, Tsimbazaza and Analakely areas have been subject to such gatherings and outbreaks of violence for the duration of the political unrest. Following the recent breakdown of negotiations on resolving the political crisis, there have been reports of renewed demonstrations in Antananarivo, with security personnel using tear gas to disperse crowds. You should remain vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around, in particular if travelling alone.
In June 2009, two bombs exploded in the centre of Antananarivo and a number of others were defused. There were no reported injuries. On 18 July 2009, one man was killed and two others injured when an explosive device they were carrying went off prematurely in their vehicle. It is unclear who was responsible for these attacks.
Bilharzia, tuberculosis, rabies, bubonic plague and malaria are common to Madagascar. There have also been reported cases of dengue fever and Chikungunya virus. You should avoid mosquito bites and contact with domestic animals and the blood, organs or body fluids of such animals. In December 2009, there was a report of a death from yellow fever in the provinces. British nationals in Madagascar should check the status of their yellow fever vaccinations.
Most visits to Madagascar are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Travellers should avoid driving outside urban areas after dark, as there have been armed robberies at night on some of the major roads.
Muggings and armed robberies do occur, particularly in urban areas. Travellers should keep clear of any street disturbances and not leave any bags unattended. Travellers are also advised to keep large amounts of money, jewellery, cameras and cell phones out of sight when walking in town centres and to avoid walking in city centres after dark.
The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from January to March, coastal areas are particularly affected.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 0845 850 2829.
US Department of State