Travelling to Madagascar

Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world after Australia, Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. It is located in the Indian Ocean, 400 km east of the African coast (Mozambique and Tanzania) and straddling the Tropic of Capricorn.

With more than 4,800 km of coastline and a surface area of more than 587,000 km² (one and a half times larger than France), Madagascar is a place of discovery and travel thanks to its climate, its fauna, its flora, its magnificent landscapes as well as its culturally diverse and rich population: its population composed of 18 ethnic groups is a mixture of African, Asian and European culture. In 2022, Madagascar has more than 27 million inhabitants.

For those who like sports, music, good food, relaxing on the beach or in the mountains, sea trips to see whales, turtles and dolphins, discovering the land and its endemic fauna and flora, the calm of isolated places or the excitement of big cities, Madagascar is a destination not to be missed. The island offers a wide range of tourist activities.

Madagascar in numbers

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largest coral reef


RAMSAR sites


Reserves of BIOSPHERE


lemurs species


bird species, including endemic
116 species, 4 families


UNESCO Immaterial Cultural Heritage


National Parks, of which 7 have the UNESCO World Heritage label


Protected Areas, 2 Integral Nature Reserves, 14 Special Reserves


UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

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species of endemic chameleons


species of baobabs including 6 endemic

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species of endemic carnivores

Prepare your stay


A visa is required to come to Madagascar. It can be obtained upon arrival at the airport, or in advance at the Embassy of Madagascar in the country of departure.

  • Visa 30 days: 35 EUR / 37 USD / 115 000 MGA
  • Visa 60 days: 40 EUR / 45 USD / 135 000 MGA


  • 3 international airports: Ivato Antananarivo, Nosy Be Fascène, Antsiranana Arrachard
  • 5 regional airports: Majunga, Antsiranana, Toamasina, Taolagnaro, Toliara
  • 6 main ports: Toamasina, Nosy Be, Mahajanga, Antsiranana, Taolagnaro, Toliara

Health measures - COVID-19

Madagascar has lifted all Covid 19 travel restrictions as of Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Madagascar welcomes all travelers, vaccinated or not, from all countries.

Safe destination

Madagascar was awarded the “SAFE TRAVEL” label by the World Travel and Tourism Council – WTTC, in October 2021. Our operators continue to apply barrier measures in order to provide tourists with services that meet world health standards.

When to come to Madagascar?

The most favorable period is during the dry season, between May and November. But Madagascar can be visited all year round because of its large surface. It is always sunny somewhere even if it rains elsewhere.

The amenities of life

  • 3 major telephone operators
  • Internet access up to 4G in major cities
  • Access to Canal+
  • ATM available in major cities (VISA and MasterCard)
  • Local currency: ARIARY
  • Languages: Malagasy, French