Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. It floats in the Indian Ocean off the East coast of Africa. Around 90% of the wildlife in Madagascar is unique to the island, and for nature-lovers and tourists alike there really is nowhere else quite like it in the world. About a quarter of all primates in the world find their home here, as well as hundreds of species of frogs, bats and spiders. There’s plenty to do in Madagascar away from the wildlife, too. Beautiful beaches, excellent surfing, scuba diving, rock climbing and caving means adventure addicts and sun-seekers will find this an island paradise for all sorts of reasons.
Travel Health Information
vaccinations for travelling here
Although there is only one small area of Madagascar, Batterie Beach, north of Toliara, which is advised against for travel, visitors to the island should take great care, wherever their specific destination. The political situation here is unstable since the transition to a democracy in 2014, and protests can become violent, particular in the capital, and in the south and south-east of the country. Be particularly vigilant in crowded areas and when travelling or walking at night. If possible travel as part of an organised tour with a local guide who can advise on specific security concerns if necessary.
A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged over 9 months arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria is present consult a travel clinic for the necessary medication.
Other than criminal activity, one of the biggest risks to your health and safety while in Madagascar is from the weather. The cyclone season is from November to April, affecting the whole island and particularly coastal areas. Flooding, water damage, contaminated water supplies and inaccessible roads are to be expected. Follow local advice on what to do if you are present when a tropical cyclone takes place, and plan journeys in advance taking plenty of extra supplies in case you get stuck.
There are hospitals available for basic or routine treatment in the capital Antananarivo. Anything more complex will require evacuation for treatment in a neighbouring country.
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