Entry & Exit Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport to enter Madagascar. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the date of departure. If you are not traveling with a U.S. passport, please check with the Embassy of Madagascar for the requirements based on your nationality.
A visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter into Madagascar and may be obtained upon arrival. You will need a blank page in your passport for the visa. The cost for the visa is 30 Euro (approximately USD $33) and must be paid in cash (U.S. dollars accepted). Visas for more than 30 days must be arranged in advance at any Madagascan embassy or consulate.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot before every trip.
There are no vaccinations required for entry into Madagascar unless arriving from a yellow fever endemic area.
Some physicians recommend that travelers get hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines before visiting Madagascar.
Please consult your physician for additional information and recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
The CDC warns that travelers to Africa may be at risk for exposure to malaria. Malaria is caused by a parasite found in Anopheles mosquitos, which are active from dusk until dawn. Prevention is twofold: the use of anti-malarial drugs and the prevention of insect bites. If you choose to use an anti-malarial drug, as recommended by the CDC, see your physician for a prescription.
The effects of the sun can be damaging to the eyes and skin. Spending time outdoors exposes you to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. To protect yourself from the sun, use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15, protect skin with clothing, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and drink plenty of fluids.