What you need to know
Information and Facts
With rainforests, reefs and beaches, Madagascar is the fourth largest island on earth. For the outdoor enthusiasts, Madagascar provides the perfect adventure. Travel through the incredible landscapes, viewing exotic animals. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime, contact a destination specialist today to learn more.
Madagascar’s climate is mostly subtropical with two distinct seasons; a hot and rainy season, also known as the summer (November to April), from May to October is the country’s winter, characterized with cooler, drier conditions.
Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Madagascar. The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day. As well, make well-informed decisions, take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else, have copies on-hand of your important documents.
Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Madagascar. These recommended vaccines include: Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. It is possible that travellers may need a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to prove they’ve received their vaccines.
Currency & Customs
The currency in Madagascar is called the Ariary. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is often widely accepted. Your passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. You would also need an entry visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days, to enter Madagascar.
The electrical current for Madagascar is 220 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
The main spoken language in Madagascar is Malagasy as well as French.