Madagascar

Capital Antananarivo

Population 22,434,363

Area 587,041 km2

Key facts

Madagascar is a country located in Eastern Africa. The country has no land neighbors. As for languages, the country's residents speak French and Malagasy. Traveling across Madagascar if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Madagascar was ranked 77th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Madagascar is Malagasy ariary (MGA). The ariary (Ar) is subdivided into 5 iraimbilanja.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 4122.41 MGA and 1 USD is worth 4197 MGA.

Malagasy
Banknotes

Ar100Ar200Ar500Ar1000Ar2000Ar5000Ar10000

Malagasy
Coins

Ar1Ar2Ar4Ar5Ar10Ar20Ar50125

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Madagascar is 39.4 Mbps and mobile is Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Madagascar.3.13 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Madagascar, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 5 socket types used in Madagascar. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 127 V, 220 V, 50 Hz  Type D 127 V, 220 V, 50 Hz  Type E 127 V, 220 V, 50 Hz  Type J 127 V, 220 V, 50 Hz  Type K 127 V, 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Madagascar will celebrate 10 national public holidays. The next one All Saints' Day will take place on November 1.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayNew Year's Day
March 29, 2022Martyrs' DayMartyrs' Day
April 18, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayEaster Monday
May 1, 2022Labour DayLabour Day
May 26, 2022Moving holidayAscension DayAscension Day
June 6, 2022Moving holidayWhit MondayWhit Monday
June 26, 2022Independence DayIndependence Day
August 15, 2022Assumption DayAssumption Day
November 1, 2022All Saints' DayAll Saints' Day
December 25, 2022Christmas DayChristmas Day

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Madagascar?

There are no Mariott hotels in Madagascar.

There are no Hilton hotels in Madagascar.

There are no IHG hotels in Madagascar.

There are no Best Western hotels in Madagascar.

There are Radisson hotels in Antananarivo.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Madagascar.

What fast food chains are present in Madagascar?

Romazava are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Madagascar. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Madagascar below.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Madagascar.

The KFC chain operates in Madagascar.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Madagascar.

The Subway chain does not operate in Madagascar.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Madagascar.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Madagascar.

Weather

Today the sun in Antananarivo, rises at 5:27 AM and sets at 5:49 PM. The climate of Antananarivo may be categorized as a , according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5FogLow: 15.1°C (59.18°F)High: 33.9°C (93.02°F)
ThursdayOct 6Partly cloudlyLow: 14.4°C (57.92°F)High: 32°C (89.6°F)
FridayOct 7Partly cloudlyLow: 15.1°C (59.18°F)High: 31.1°C (87.98°F)
SaturdayOct 8Partly cloudlyLow: 14.1°C (57.38°F)High: 31.3°C (88.34°F)
SundayOct 9Partly cloudlyLow: 15.2°C (59.36°F)High: 29.3°C (84.74°F)
MondayOct 10Partly cloudlyLow: 15.7°C (60.26°F)High: 31°C (87.8°F)

Weather data for Antananarivo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Madagascar.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in Madagascar.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 2.4, Madagascar is placed 124th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Madagascar traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 29.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Madagascar

117 Police
118 Ambulance
118 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Inconsistent or only partially enforced smoke-free laws

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Madagascar?

Currently, citizens of 196 countries can enter Madagascar without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Madagascar.

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