Visa Requirements for Malagasy Citizens
Visa requirements for Malagasy citizens are the pre-established by foreign governments rules and regulations applicable to citizens of Madagascar upon traveling abroad.
The entry requirements differ in-between the foreign countries and may include various supporting documents to be submitted.
Currently, citizens of Madagascar can travel abroad using electronic visas, Embassy visas, visas obtainable upon arrival, and visa-free.
Electronic visas are the easiest travel authorization documents to obtain and are now offered to Malagasy passport holders by 23 countries. In this case, the application process takes place entirely online, and the approved eVisa is delivered to each traveler via email.
Embassy visas or traditional visas are the ones that can be obtained only upon visiting an official institution, such as an Embassy or Consulate. These documents may take even a few weeks to be obtained and usually require numerous documents validating one’s trip.
Malagasy citizens are also eligible to obtain their visas after arriving at the selected destination. This option is granted by 30 countries and is usually connected with waiting in long lines at the border control checkpoint.
The last main type of entry into foreign countries is a visa-free one that is currently offered by 20 countries. This means that citizens of Madagascar can travel to and stay for a short period of time in these destinations without handling any type of visa.
Malagasy passport holders can read on to get further information on every type of entry available for them, specific visa requirements for each visa type, and check the lists of countries for every entry option.
eVisas or electronic visas are travel authorization documents issued for short-term stays abroad, usually within 72 hours from applying online. Malagasy citizens can now obtain their visas online from home or any other place.
List of countries offering eVisas for Malagasy citizens
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Ivory Coast
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Sao Tome and Principe
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
23 countries offer an eVisa option for Malagasy passport holders to use upon visiting their territory for a short period of time.
The length of the maximum stay with an eVisa on hand ranges between 30 and 90 days. Each country sets its own rules regarding the length of the visit.
Usually, all that’s needed to complete the eVisa application process is an active email address, a valid passport, and access to any online payment method. Applying takes just a few minutes, and the approved electronic visas arrive directly at the applicant’s email address in PDF form.
eVisa holders can enjoy all tourism, business, and transit-related activities, such as:
- Going on a relaxing getaway
- Exploring foreign destinations
- Visiting one’s friends and family
- Going on a business trip
- Attending a meeting, conference, or seminar
- Taking a layover while transiting
Visa on Arrival
Visa on Arrival is a type of travel authorization that is obtainable after arriving at the selected destination. Travelers must handle their visas at the closest border control checkpoint after waiting for their turn in line.
List of countries that offer a Visa on Arrival for Malagasy citizens
- Cape Verde
- The Maldives
- Saint Lucia
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
30 countries allow citizens of Madagascar to obtain their visas after arriving at their territory. This means that visiting the above-listed destinations can happen without visa handling processes prior to the planned trip.
Instead, Malagasy passport holders should check if any supporting documents are required to be attached to the Visa on Arrival application. Next, prepare the paperwork (if any is needed) and head to the selected destination.
The actual application process takes place on arrival at the nearest border control checkpoint. Travelers must ask for a Visa on Arrival application form and carefully fill it out, avoiding making mistakes in the provided data.
Next, travelers must submit the completed forms to the border control checkpoint and cover the issuing fee (if required).
Approved Visa on Arrival allows its holders to stay abroad for a short period of time, usually 30 or 90 days. Moreover, all leisure, professional, and transit-related activities are allowed for VoA holders. Making it possible to easily go on vacation, an international business trip, or simply transit.
It’s worth noting that many countries that have a VoA option available for foreign travelers also have an eVisa option. Using eVisas can help Malagasy citizens to avoid the long waiting lines upon arrival and allows them to travel prepared.
An Embassy visa is a traditional visa that is usually stamped into the traveler’s passport and handled upon completing an application process at an Embassy or a Consulate of the selected foreign destination.
List of countries that require Malagasy citizens to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- The Central African Republic
- The Republic of the Congo
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Costa Rica
- The Czech Republic
- The Dominican Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Marshall Islands
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- The Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- The United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
126 countries still list having an Embassy visa as one of the entry rules applicable for Malagasy passport holders upon visiting their territory.
This means that if one plans a trip from Madagascar to any of the above-listed destinations, they need to apply for a regular visa at an Embassy or Consulate of the selected foreign country.
Applying for an Embassy visa may be a complex process, depending on the specific destination. However, it usually requires travelers to prepare a variety of supporting documents that will validate one’s planned trip. The supporting documents differ depending on the Embassy visa type selected and the traveler’s purpose of visit abroad.
Once the required documents are gathered, travelers should fill the Embassy visa application form by visiting the specific official institution’s official website. The form cannot contain any errors, misspellings, or misinformation to be approved by the country’s authorities.
The next step will be the submission of the complete paperwork (visa application form and the supporting documents) to the Embassy. Later on, travelers may be required to cover an issuing fee and sometimes even go through a visa interview.
The approved Embassy visa may serve for both short and long-term trips, depending on the selected type. Moreover, some countries offer a regular visa for more than just leisure, business, or transit usage, but also related to working, studying, and even living abroad.
Currently, 20 destinations grant Malagasy citizens visa-free entry, allowing them to visit their territory for a short period of time without the need to handle any type of visa.
List of visa-free countries for Malagasy citizens
- El Salvador
- The Philippines
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- South Africa
Since traveling visa-free does not require citizens of Madagascar to apply for any type of visa, visiting any of these destinations is quite simple and does not require many preparations.
Citizens of Madagascar will need either a valid passport or a valid ID. Which one’s needed depends on the selected destination. Moreover, some countries may require a few additional documents that will further validate their purpose of visit.
The supporting documents may include proof of having a booked hotel for the stay, a return ticket, or proof of having sufficient funds for the planned trip.
Once at the selected visa-free destination, Malagasy citizens can enjoy any tourism, business, or transit-related trips, such as:
- Going on a relaxing getaway
- Making friends and family visits
- Exploring new destinations
- Looking for new business opportunities
- Educating oneself at a business seminar
- Creating new business connections at a conference
- Taking a stopover on one’s way to reach another foreign country