Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar
2374 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 202 265 5525
Fax: 202 265 3034
Hon. Consul Stephen Hobbs 16 Lanark Mansions Pennard Road W12 8DT UK Tel: 44 19 44 181 746 Fax: 44 19 44 181 7461 web site: www.madagascar.org.uk
A visa can be acquired simply upon arrival at the airport.
It gets really cold at night, so bring a warm sweater. Organize your own trip and buy as much as possible souvenirs from small stands on road sides. This way the local population profits from your visit. Do everything "mura-mura" (nice and easy) and keep smiling.
Upon arrival, buy a local sim card in a hardware store for your cell phone, with a local phone number and minutes. For 10.000 Aryary (= 4 euro) you have one, with minutes. Convenient if you want to call a hotel if they have a room available.
Bring cash to change, that is the easiest way. Banks are extremely inefficient. A Master Card is no use. Only Visa can be used in ATMs.
For current information about health risks, look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.
Security and safety
Traveling in some countries brings a certain amount of risk with it. That doesn't always need to keep you from going there, but part of a good preparation is finding out about possible risks.
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