A touristic Visa is required for any foreigner and is compulsory for any nationality to get to Madagascar. You can obtain either at the Malagasy Embassy or consulate in your country before traveling or purchase up your arrival at the airport. In both cases, you will need to provide your return, or continuing plane ticket and a valid passport for six months at least. Entry Visa may be purchased with U.S. dollars, euros, or local money (Ariary), but credit cards are not accepted.
At the airport, upon arrival, you will be in charge of your own belongings. you are advised not to hand your baggage to anyone else until you meet RED ISLAND ADVENTURES Madagascar`s team. Our team will be waiting for you with Packard include your name, and help you to get the local money. Remember it is not necessary to hire a porter at the airport.
Ariary is the official currency unit in Madagascar which is currently around MGA 4000 for 1 Euro. Currency denominations include MGA: 10, 20, 50 for coins and MGA: 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, and recently added 20000 for bank notes. For your travel expense, It`s better to bring cash either Euro or US dollars. credit cards payment works in major cities banks, shops and hotels otherwise it`s cash either in Ariary (MGA) or Euro/US dollars. Cheque or traveller Cheque is not accepted. We recommend you to use bank service to exchange money upon arrival. All banks apply quite the same rate. Currency exchange office, bank, hotel reception desk are available throughout towns and cities in Madagascar
Only in the big city, you can find a bank and cash machine ATM too. VISA is the most accepted card
Madagascar is home to 18 ethnic groups of 24 million people but has a common ground the Malagasy language, their mother tongue. Malagasy people are the result from Indo-Malaysian and African origins. French is spoken at school and can be understandable throughout the country. However English starts to be spoken in few major cities. Other foreign languages are spoken and used in Madagascar Tourism industry. Our team and guides speak English, French, and Italian languages.
We recommend you to consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on the trip.
Madagascar is among the tropical countries, and the general climate in the island is tropical humid, however the west area is more arid and dry during the dry season (June till November), and the south part is sub-desertic area, and dry almost during the year.
Tipping is never compulsory but depends on your satisfaction and there is no official chart for tips, in general think about 10% of as reference.
For hotels and resorts it would be nice to leave a common tip at the end of your stay with reception or in the tip box in the foyer. You would probably also do the same when parting company with your driver at the end of a tour. The key to tipping is to just play it by your heart and really do not fret, whatever you offer will be gratefully received.
Anyway to give an idea, we would recommend for the local guide a tip from 15 000(5$)to 30 000(10$) Ariary per day per person. But keep in mind tipping is entirely at your discretion.
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We suggest you to drink a mineral water. For the electricity, we use French plugs supply 220 Volt. Some part of regions have no electric network, so take battery powered appliances and dispose of them environmentally.
There are several options to getting to Madagascar.
- Air France/ Air Madagascar
- Turkish Airline
- Kenya airways
- Air Mauritius
- Air Austral
- International: 3 hours in advance
Domestic/regional flights: 2 hours in advance. For these flights your luggage allowance is 20 kg.
Wi-Fi connection, this is something starting in Madagascar but it is improving. Most big hotels/restaurant has Wi-Fi now, although a consistent strong connection is still lacking everywhere.
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Antananarivo 101 Madagascar
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