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Country Information


Travel money

  • Banknotes in euro (EUR)
    Change cash in local currency
in addition to:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency 
    Change cash into the local currency for the regions more agrarian in the travel destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Travelers are advised not to proceed beyond major cities without sufficient cash.
  • The Travel Cash Mastercard card is occasionally accepted at major hotels and restaurants.
  • Cashless payments are rarely possible in this country.

Credit cards

  • Acceptance of credit cards is limited. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • The current limit for withdrawing cash at ATMs with a foreign card is about EUR 40.00 (equivalent).


Local currency / ISO Code
Ariary MGA
Import local currency
up to MGA 400'000.00
Import foreign currency
unlimited; EUR 7'500.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Export local currency
up to MGA 400'000.00
Export foreign currency
limited to amounts imported and declared (minus exchange)
  • Upon departure, bank receipts must be shown for all exchange transactions.
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in euro (EUR).
  • Currency exchange not advised on the black market.

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 2 h / + 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Language capabilities



Country code for calling Switzerland

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


110/120 volt / adapter required

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.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

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

Opening hours

8.00 - 11.00 h and 14.00 - 16.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h and 14.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Sat)


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

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.


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