Travel advice for Madagascar.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Madagascar.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in euro (EUR)

  • Change cash in local currency

Local currency / ISO Code

Ariary MGA

Currency exchange rate

MGA 100 = ~ CHF 0.00 ; CHF 1 = ~ MGA 0.00 (07/2015)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Die gängigen Kreditkarten werden in begrenztem Umfang akzeptiert. Für detaillierte Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an den Aussteller der betreffenden Karte.

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Practical Information:

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 2 h / + 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Malagasy

Language capabilities

French

Capital

Antananarivo

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/120 volt / adapter required

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Antananarivo, Immeuble (ARO), Solombavambahoaka, Frantsay 77
Tel. +261 20 226 29 97 / +261 20 226 29 98

Opening hours

Banks

8.00 - 11.00 h and 14.00 - 16.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

8.00 - 12.00 h and 14.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving
  • Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 (varies by rental company).

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

  • Avoid nighttime driving.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Cultural characteristics

Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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