Madagascar in practice

MADAGASCAR is a country where life is good, a welcoming population, beautiful landscapes, miles a marvel to discover. Nevertheless, it is important to follow a few rules to ensure that your holidays are going well.

Madagascar presents itself oriented on a North-South axis, on both sides of a mountain chain shifted on the east coast of the island. This peculiarity means that most of the sales and rains, which come from the Indian Ocean, are stopped by this mountains and creates two zones very clearly distinct from the climatic point of view, the drier West and the East abundantly watered. During the rainy season (usually December and February), the hurricane season begins which, coming from the North, changes direction before Madagascar, goes east and unloads their force in the Indian Ocean towards Mautitius. The island of Nosy be and its archipelago have a particularly pleasant climate with an average annual temperature of 25 ° (in winter 22 ° and during the summer, from October to February, 28 °). In the northern region of the Nosy Be Archipelago, the Mitsio Islands and the Courrier Bay, during the winter it blows a fairly strong northern wind called "avarabe", while every afternoon the heat of the day is tempered by a pleasant breeze of West, called "talio" which blows until the sunset.

Madagascar tourism visa

Any foreign national wishing to stay in Madagascar must take a visa. Several types of visas will be proposed according to each case, namely:

Short Stay Non Transformable Visa

It is not convertible into a long-stay visa in Madagascar and includes cases of tourism, business, mission and short-term internship.

o Visa valid from 0 to 30 days = 31 euros
o Visa valid from 31 to 60 days = 39 euros
o Visa valid from 60 to 90 days = 54 euros

Transformable Visa in Long Stay

The person who holds this visa has a period of one month to go to the Ministry of the Interior, Immigration and Emigration Service. It groups the cases of expatriate worker, investor, retiree, mission or internship superior to 3 months, grouping Family.

o Transformable Visa in Long Stay = 58 euros.

For more information, please visit the sites of theEmbassy of the Republic of Madagascar and Air Madagascar

Stay healthy in Madagascar

It is important to note that Madagascar is not known to be a country at risk, however, some precautions should be taken.

The vaccines listed below are not mandatory, but recommended:

• Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B
• Typhoid fever
• Plan to be vaccinated against rabies, in case of bites.
• Malaria treatment

ThePastor Institute, offers all these medical services.

There are some easy reflexes to stay healthy:

  • Avoid any fruit already peeled and prefer vegetables cooked raw vegetables, meat well cooked also. Also avoid, the mayonnaise proposed in doubtful restaurants,
  • Wash hands before meals and any food handling.
  • Dry well after a shower or swim in the sea and wear loose clothing, preferably cotton. Because heat and humidity can cause the appearance of skin lesions.
  • Rinse the shower tray a little with shampoo before washing.

Remember to bring a small basic pharmacy

  • Your usual analgesic: paracetamol (DOLIPRANE®, DAFALGAN® ...).
  • Poly Vitamin tablets (type ALVITYL®: 1 to 3 days)
  • Against ordinary diarrhea: an intestinal retarder (IMODIUM® or antisecretory: TIORFAN®), an intestinal disinfectant
  • Un pansement gastrique, utile en cas de gastro-entérite, de douleurs d’estomac. La présentation en comprimés à sucer est la plus facile à transporter :   HOSPHALUGEL®, MAALOX®
  • An anti-emetic, particularly appreciated in cases of gastroenteritis:
    PRIMPERAN® type (1/2 to 1 tablet three times a day, before meals)
  • A simple analgesic, for example based on paracetamol (type DOLIPRANE®, DAFALGAN®).
  • An antiallergic (type CLARITYNE®: 1 tablet a day in the morning at breakfast)
  • An antispasmodic (SPASFON® type: maximum 6 tablets per day)
  • If you are prone to motion sickness: DRAMAMINE® (or other, NAUTAMINE®)
  • An antibiotic active on various infections, especially intestinal (fluorine quinolone: CIFLOX® or OFLOCET®, and / or amoxicillin type CLAMOXYL® or AUGMENTIN®) active on amoebae (type FLAGYL® - tablets)

NB: Do not take alcohol with drugs and it is better to buy them before departure because pharmaceutical counterfeits are widespread in developing countries.

Some general rules for a successful holiday

The Malagasy people are very welcoming, ready to serve, indeed foreigners are very well received. They must nevertheless respect some rules of knowing how to live.

  • Do not arrive in a conquered country nor show off one's wealth around oneself (avoid
    jewelry ornament, even worthless).
  • To respect the customs of the country and the prohibitions (fady), it is the second very important point in Madagascar.
  • Avoid going out at night and alone (e) and walking in major cities (including Antananarivo), and keep a photocopy of his identity papers (Ideally certified compliant, to be done in a town hall, for a fee which varies according to the town halls).
  • For taxi trips, ask the price before the trip to not have a bad surprise
  • In case of a mechanical problem, you could find yourself tens of kilometers from the first city. Do not ride alone on the roads and tracks at night. Avoid driving at night with a private vehicle.
  • The flights are unfortunately progressing, including in some national parks. Be careful not to leave your valuables in plain sight, keep them with you, or put them in a safe when they are, by asking for a stamped receipt stating the exact value of what you are leaving.

Electricity in Madagascar

The current used is 220 V and the catches are the same as in France.
Major cities regularly experience malfunctions in electricity supply: Jirama (a state-owned company) often cuts several hours a day in non-priority areas.

Do not forget the flashlights. In some very remote areas, there is sometimes no electricity at all. In the evening, it is candle or oil lamp.

Communication with the Malagasy

The Malagasy language is part of the family of Malayo-Polynesian languages, such as Indonesian, from which it comes. Nevertheless, it has incorporated Bantu, Arab and European influences.

In Madagascar, you will have no trouble making you understand: we speak French throughout the island. Which does not mean that everyone speaks French. It depends on where you are (city or country), but also the generation of your interlocutor.

Telephone and Internet


  • From France to Madagascar: 00 + 261 + 20 + number of the correspondent including the area code. To join a mobile phone, 00 + 261 + the mobile number without the 0 in front.
  • From Madagascar to France: 00 + 33 + 9-digit correspondent number (without the initial 0)

Each operator operates with a prepayment system (refills for communication in the form of cards or in the form of sending credit to your SIM card). These refills can be bought at many merchants and everywhere in street kiosks composed of a simple table and an umbrella.
Finally, it is always possible to call one of the many vendors of telephone communications on the street. (From 200 Ar).

Communications cost less and less to France (0.35 € / min with Orange) and to Europe in general. The first minute is indivisible. Where ADSL is installed, some cybercafés offer phone calls via the Internet. This is the case in Tana and Tamatave, for example.

The mobile phone while traveling

Buy a SIM card / chip on the spot: You can buy a phone in any city. Counting about 30,000 to 40,000 Ar for the purchase of a phone and SIM card, then we buy refills as and when.
If you keep your phone, before signing the contract and paying, try, if possible, the SIM card of the seller in your phone, previously unlocked, to check if it is compatible.


Most cities have cybercafes with internet connections.
The wifi is more and more present in the mid-range hotels or higher and often free, but it trains a lot and is frequently available only at the reception or in the common areas.


Papers (EU)
• passport valid for another 6 months after return;
• mandatory visa.

Vaccines advised:
• universal vaccines (DTCP, hepatitis B)
• Hepatitis A
• typhoid fever
• compulsory only if a trip to mainland Africa is planned
before or after your stay: yellow fever
• For long stays or stays in remote areas: rabies.

Best seasons:
• September October ;
• the offseason, from April to June, is also a good time (but, in April,
still suffer from the consequences of the rains on the tracks).

Duration of direct flight from Paris: 10:45 for Antananarivo.

Jet lag : + 1h in summer, + 2h in winter.


Useful information :
Chief town of the Department of Reunion: Saint-Denis
Main cities: Saint-Paul, Saint-Gilles, Saint-Pierre, Saint-André, Saint-Joseph
Language (s): French - Creole Reunionese
Population: 843,617 inhabitants
Formalities: national identity card or valid passport
Flight time to come to Reunion: 11:00
Time difference between Paris and Reunion: + 3h in winter, + 2h in summer (GMT + 4)
Currency: € - Euro
Area: 2,512 km²
Distance: 9,394 km (from Paris)
The water is drinkable everywhere.
Electricity: alternating current from 220/240 volts to 50 hertz. Wall outlets are provided for the same two-pin plugs used in mainland France.
Shopping hours: shops in the cities are open between 9am and 6pm. The signs of the large distribution are mostly open from 9am to 20h.
ATMs: ATMs ("gabiers") are numerous throughout the island.
Foreign exchange offices: Reunion Roland Garros Airport located outside the terminal opposite the exit (building receptive agencies and parking service). Open Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 19:00, Saturdays from 8:00 to 17:00 Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 18:30 - Agency Contact: 0262 312 873 - Online Currency Reservation at the following address: http: // www.
East Port Ferry Terminal at the arrival of cruise ships.
Health: no vaccination is obligatory. There is no malaria in Reunion. Like any tropical destination, provide sun creams, anti-mosquito products, sunglasses.
car rental meeting
Useful numbers
Prefecture of Reunion
Barachois Square
97405 Saint-Denis
Such. 02 62 40 77 77

Health services are provided throughout the island according to French standards.

European emergency call: 112
Police or gendarmerie: 17
Firefighters: 18
UAS: 15
Pharmacies on call: 0262 90 60 44
Rescue at sea: 0262 43 43 43
Weather France Reunion - forecast: Tel. 32 50
the cyclones update: Tel. 08 97 65 01 01
the Volcanological Observatory of Piton de la Fournaise: Tel. 0262 27 54 61
Grande Anses Beach
Your communications
How to call La Réunion?
from metropolitan France: local ten-digit number
from abroad: international dialing code +262 followed by the last 9 digits
to reach a landline: +262 2 62 xx xx xx
to reach a mobile: +262 6 92 xx xx xx
How to call from Reunion?
to Metropolitan France: ten digits of the correspondent's number
Overseas: 00 + country code + area code + correspondent number
How to connect to Reunion? : The mobile connects automatically, appears on the screen the name of the network:

Orange Meeting: Orange RE or 647-00
SFR Meeting: SFR UK or SFR Meeting or 647-10
Only: 647-02
Free Meeting
End of roaming (roaming charges that apply in addition to packages to consumers who use their phone outside the borders of their country).
Internet: possible connections in many hotels, public structures, cybercafés, "cybercases" or "cyberbases" or in media libraries. The urban wi-fi is installed everywhere on the island.
WiRUN is a service of 55 WiFi hotspots offered by the Reunion Region, which provides all users with free and free Internet access.
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On-site transport network:
Yellow cars (all the island) serves the main cities of the island of Reunion + Roland Garros airport. Number Azur Tel. 0810 123 974 (price of a local call from a landline) -

Citalis (Cinor) (Saint-Denis, Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Suzanne + line 31 airport / city of Saint-Denis) - Green number Tel. 0800 655 655 (free call from a landline) -

Kar'Ouest (West) (Possession, Port, Saint-Paul, Saint-Leu, Trois-Bassins) - Azur Number Tel. 0810 456 520 (price of a local call) - www.kar'

Alternéo (Civis) (St. Pierre, St. Louis, Little Island, Etang-Salé, Cilaos and Avirons) - Green No. Tel. 0800 355 354 (free call from a landline) -

Sem Estival (Cirest) (Bras-Panon, Palmistes Plain, Saint-André, Saint-Benoit, Sainte-Rose, Salazie) - Tel. 0262 92 53 40 -

International car rental companies and local rental companies offer reliable vehicles and rental contracts in good standing.

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