Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
Learn more about your flu vaccine options
Learn more about the travel visa requirements for top destinations
Set amid the varying spectrum of blue jewel-toned waters of the Indian Ocean is Madagascar. The island nation features a unique array of wildlife, plants and culture.
For those who like to experience destinations by their cuisine, Madagascar offers a wide variety of options. Restaurants specialize in French, Creole and native Madagascan dishes.
Whether you’re traveling to ‘The Red Island’, for the landscape, the culture or the food, adventure is not in short supply.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Madagascar. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Madagascar: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
There is a risk of contracting malaria in Madagascar. Your risk may vary based on where you are going. Share your itinerary with a travel health specialist to see if antimalarial are right for you.
There is medical care in larger Madagascan cities and towns. For those staying in rural areas, there may be a need to travel far to get to the nearest physician.
For more details on any of the above vaccinations, visit our vaccination pages or make an appointment with your local Travel Medicine Specialist. To book your appointment either call or start booking online now.
Cholera is present in Madagascar. Those most at risk are individuals staying with relatives or travelers to rural areas.
The most reliable protection is through cholera vaccination. Passport Health clinics have Vaxchora, a single-dose oral cholera vaccine, in-stock for your visit.
Learn more by visiting our cholera page or by calling .
Yes, a visa is required for travel to Madagascar. While visas are available at entry, it is best to obtain before leaving for Madagascar.
For more information, see our Madagascar visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Madagascar tends to have a hot and tropical climate. The country has two predominant seasons, hot and rainy from November to April, cool and dry from May to October.
While the island tends to experience a tropical environment, climate varies throughout due to the changes in elevation. The western coast tends to be drier than the east or the central, and the southwest and deep south have a drier, desert-like climate.
While travel within the country is relatively safe, travelers should exercise caution during times of political turmoil.
Demonstrations and political violence are becoming more common in Madagascar. Track the news and information published by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo.
Madagascar armed attacks directed at citizens are on the rise. Travelers should keep a vigilant eye in highly populated areas.
Keep your purse, backpack and belongings close to your body when walking during the day as pick-pocketing and and purse-snatching are not uncommon.
Hundreds of Baobabs, which are trees native to Madagascar, line the world-famous Avenue of Baobabs. Living up to 800 years, these trees have given rise to myths and stories.
Located in Morondava, a city on the west coast of the island, travel time can vary. Flying to the city from Antananarivo takes about an hour, while driving can take upwards of 10 hours.
Roads are narrow and winding. If you are planning on renting a car, be wary of sharp curves, cattle and avoid driving at night.
Some essential items to consider for your trip to Madagascar include:
All Americans visiting Madagascar should register online with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
If you plan to buy a local SIM card you can also enter your phone number to receive SMS updates from the office.
U.S. Embassy Antananarivo
Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro – Antehiroka
Tel: (+261) 20 23 480 00
Visit the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar website before your trip to confirm contact details.
The U.S. Department of State also operates a 24 hour Emergency Operations Center. The collect call number to reach the center while abroad is +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444.
If you have any questions about traveling to Madagascar or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment by calling or book online now.
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