FCO Travel Advice for - Madagascar

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  • The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from January to March. Coastal areas are particularly affected. See Natural Disasters.

  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Andohahela National Park and against all travel on road RN13 between Ambovombe and Ihosy. Take great care and follow local advice if you are travelling in the south east of the country. See Local Travel.

  • There has been continued political instability in Madagascar since January 2009. The situation in the centre of Antananarivo is potentially volatile. See Local travel and Political situation.

  • There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

  • There is widespread crime in Madagascar. Take particular care on beaches where there have been attacks and robberies. See Crime and Local travel.

  • We advise visitors to Madagascar to travel with established organisations or travel firms who have the capacity to monitor the local media and warn of possible trouble. Remain vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around the country, in particular if travelling alone. If travelling independently we advise that you monitor the local media closely and keep abreast of the situation for the duration of your visit. See Local Travel.

  • In 2011 there were around 7,000 British visitors to Madagascar. Most visits are trouble free. See Consular assistance statistics.

  • Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and has occurred in excess of 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia. See River and Sea Travel.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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