Madagascar Welcomes Back US Travelers
On October 23rd, Madagascar lifted a one-year ban and welcomed back U.S. citizens. American travelers, as well as citizens of a few other countries, have been banned from entering this fairy-tale island country since October 2020. Regional flights were restarted last Saturday (Oct. 23rd), while European flights will restart on November 6th. Travelers can fly to Madagascar either with Air Madagascar or Air France.
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off of the Southeast coast of Africa. This country is home to some of the most diverse wildlife on Earth, which can be seen throughout its many national parks. The island also has a rich history and culture that dates back to ancient times. From exploring one of their gorgeous beaches or getting up close with wild lemurs, there are plenty of things for travelers to do while visiting this unique destination.
Who can enter Madagascar?
The recent easing of border restrictions around the world has caused a stir in travel, with many countries welcoming back tourists with different testing or vaccination requirements. The authorities of Madagascar followed Singapore, Fiji, and Chile that have recently welcomed back tourists arriving from the U.S. The States itself has revealed the exact date of the long-awaiting reopening for vaccinated travelers from particular countries who will be able to enter America from November 8th.
Madagascar has also announced that its borders will reopen for travelers from countries where less than 300 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people are recorded weekly. According to the CDC, the States has been maintaining the COVID-19 case rate of around 160 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the last week.
Madagascar Current Entry Requirements
Recently-revealed new entry restrictions assume that every traveler to Madagascar must:
- take a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours in advance of departure
- take another coronavirus test on arrival (about $29)
- book a hotel for at least 2-night quarantine to isolate themselves when waiting for the second test result (the government must approve the hotel in Madagascar)
- undergo a 14-day quarantine if the test upon arrival comes positive
e-Visa to Madagascar
American travelers who plan to visit Madagascar soon should remember that they can obtain an electronic visa to Madagascar. The only document required to complete the application process is a valid passport that cannot expire within 180 days from the intended entry date to the country.
Citizens of all countries in the world are eligible for e-Visa to Madagascar. As soon as Madagascar allows entry to visitors from more countries, travelers coming from other parts of the globe will also be able to obtain Madagascar e-Visa entirely online.