Madagascar destination information

All you need to know before visiting Madagascar

Madagascar summary

Madagascar is a big country with around 22M Malagasy. Official languages are French and Malagasy. Madagascar uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+03:00. Currency used in Madagascar is Malagasy Ariary (MGA).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 40
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 179

ATMs in Madagascar are Rare. Internet speed in Madagascar is on average 3.3 Mbps.

🏙️ Antananarivo
🗣️ French Malagasy
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 22M ☀️ ~23 °C 🌧 ~120 mm 👍 Least Developed 🚩 587k km2 (227k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

Madagascar uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.

Languages 🗣️

  • French
  • Malagasy


Currency 💱

1000 MGA = 0.26 USD

Madagascar uses the Malagasy ariary (symbol: Ar), code MGA.Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100 ariaries. Ariary is subdivided into 5 iraimbilanjas. Coins come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 4, 2 and 1 ariaries and 1 iraimbilanja.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are rare in Madagascar. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Madagascar. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Madagascar uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Madagascar upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

Universal :


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Calling ☎️


To call Madagascar, dial +, then 261 (the country code for Madagascar), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within Madagascar, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 20 .

international: + 261 20 1234567
calling local: 020 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Madagascar is on average 3.3 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Madagascar is very low. It's quite hard to find one.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 63,055.40 MGA, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Airtel, Orange, Telma or bip by Blueline.


Rules 🚗

Limits 🚦


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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Visa Exemption

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Passport Strength

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Malagasy embassies

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